Someone asked me what my philosophy on giving was a few months ago and I didn’t know how to answer.
But thinking about it now, and digging deeper into my core, I have a concrete answer.
Although it is a selfish one, it is something I know that will further fuel this passion I’m feeling.
I give because I want a brighter future and a better country for my kids.
They say that your priorities change when you become a parent. And that has happened to me. I’ve become more mindful of my choices -using cloth diapers, avoiding plastic consumption, healthier eating habits. But it doesn’t feel enough. I know I could do more. Last year, I’ve been open to more chances of volunteerism and the void I’ve been feeling got answered.
I fear that our country is going backwards. The only remedy for that is an educated generation. As a former teacher, going to pre-school should be fun and engaging. Which is why one of my birthday outreach is to fix a kindergarten classroom in a remote area in Bataan. I’m thankful that those whom I’ve shared this dream with has taken upon themselves to send me books, toys and materials that will help in this outreach. All of my kids’ contemporaries should have access to high-quality education to spare them of bad choices in the future.
And as I’ve learned, giving is not all about money or material things. It’s about giving a part of you to these people who do not know where to get hope or inspiration or that much needed push to believe in themselves. All it takes is one spark to light a fire. YOU ARE THAT SPARK.
This may seem ideal and far-fetched. But you know that feeling that gnaws on you?! It’s this. And I’m not letting go.