• James Evangelista

A Wake-Up Call From Nature: The “Now” Is All That Matters


January 13, 2020 was supposed to be a normal day for me. I had to go through my morning routine and prepare myself for work. Unfortunately, I got hit by a stomach virus the day before that led me from taking a day off from work.


During times like this, I have no other choice but to stay home and rest. I picked up the book Mindf*cked by Chris Wylie and finish its last chapters.


A few hours later, I checked social media and saw Taal volcano just erupted. This volcano is just less than 100 km away from where I live. Once a volcano erupts, even if you are kilometers away from the radius, you are not safe from the ashes/ashfall. Your main concern is the wind direction.


As I’m writing this with closed doors, windows and a facemask the ashfall already reached some northern parts of the Philippines.


It was supposed to be an ordinary day for most of us. Some of us still go to work during Sundays like me and some of us spend our time with our families.

Once nature strikes, we can’t do anything about it. It’s man vs nature. What we can do is how we react during these tough situations. Learn to see the positives in a negative situation.


Natural disasters are a reminder that our life is short.


A reminder for all of us that the “now” is all that matters. Most of us feel anxious about what the future will bring to us because we fail to do what is necessary in the present.


If things get worse and this is my last blog post here, I’m happy for the life I lived and the things I did. I’m happy that I lived a life with no regrets.


Since most of us need to stay indoors, use this time to reflect and prioritize what you want in life.

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