Family time is always precious and must be prioritized.

Earlier, I gave my sisters a hug upon seeing them again for the first time after more than two months of working and living in the farm.

After losing both parents in separate deaths, followed by the deaths of a few other loved ones, I’ve learned to embrace even more that pain and suffering are part of the harsh reality of life.

This harsh reality happens to us all, and it’s just a matter of time.

Even though it may seem that some may have more portions of it than others, no one is excused nor anyone has an immunity from it.

I learned that going through life’s storms has made me become more empathetic and compassionate with others.

I learned to express my need for love to the few people who love me just as I am.

I used to be not showy of my affection (not a hugger type) even with family members.

But as I am buffeted by life’s storms, I realized I don’t have all the time in the world so I learned to hug the people I love so tight whenever I could because I know that time will come, when I won’t be able to even hold them anymore as time or distance takes them away from me.

Time and distance test all relationships.

As I age and grew more distant with my siblings who all have their own families now, I become more vulnerable than ever and have been learning to see it as strength and not as weakness.

Needing people is strength because people need to feel loved and needed.

Expressing our affection to people creates a bond and strength in the relationship, even as people involved commit to mutually nourish one another as time passes and despite the distance.

Time was short as I had to bid goodbye to them and travel the distance to continue my long journey to the farm. But I know that time spent with them, no matter how brief, was time well-spent.

For sure, I will miss them again but just as sure, I will make time to see them again, hopefully as soon and as often as I could.

Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, Teacher, and Change Catalyst. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a change catalyst, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. An IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor.