“Sapatos”   Leave a comment

This story was the life story of Migs, an OFW who faced the challenges and pain of life with faithfullness and still embraced the beauty of life. I hope this story will inspire most of us.

The truth will set you free… But first it will make you miserable.”I have lots of dreams and goals in my life. That’s why i decided to work abroad to reach my dreams. At the age of 22, i went out of the country to work.i have so many dreams..that’s why i took the risks and take the opportunity leaving our own country. I worked hard because all i want is to give my family a better life. Eventhough i felt like discriminated and harassed by my boss. I sacrificed myself just to send money to family back in the Philippines. As the years passed by i lived there on my own. A single man. Despite the sacrifices and trials i had working abroad, I always get what i wanted. I can buy my needs and wants because i was paid a good salary every month. I send money to my family not less that 30,000 pesos a month. I was expecting that all the fruits of my hardwork was saved on the bank, as what my sister told me. I trusted her a lot because she was my sister… my older sister. I gave her everything isang tawag lang sa akin i gave it without a doubt.. it was the year 1994 when my parents died…Kahit masakit i accepted it. Malayo na nga ako hindi ko pa makikita parents ko sa huling pagkakataon. Ang sakit sakit tanggapin.Hirap na hirap ang kalooban ko. All i did just to make up with my family is to send ng money for the burial ng parents ko and other expenses…. Last 2008 i came home. Wala akong dalang pera because i was being caught.TNT kasi ako.I have money then. P500,000.oo is not enough para pambayad sa embassy para mabawasa ang parusa ko at makauwi ako sa Pilipinas.I arrived at the airport na sarili ko lng ang dala ko…kahit na ang sapatos na suot ko hindi ko na napansin na butas na pala. It was in the afternoon when i arrived home.Nashock ang sister ko nang makita nya ako.She asked me kung bakit hindi ako nagpasabi na uuwi ako sabi nya sana nasundo pa nila ako ng family niya. Wala na ako sa sarili ng mga panahong iyon.Ang una ko lng naitanong sa kanya kamusta na ang business natin??saan na ang sasakyan na binili mo??sana kahit dun man lang na makita ko ay sumaya naman ako… Hinawakan ako sa kamay ng sister ko then she told me wala na lahat ng sinabi niya sa akin.She worked hard daw para lng maisalba ang business namin pero nabigo siya at ngayon wala na.Tinanong ko siya kung nasaan na ang sasakyan?? then she told me binenta na niya sa kadahilanang my utang pa na dapat bayaran sa sasakyan na hindi na nabayaran.I told her na every month i gave her money for the car . Akala ko bayad na yun at wala ng utang.Tinanong ko siya kung may pera pa ba naiwan sa bangko??Kahit yun na lang to start a new business.She gave the bank book and when i opened it zero balanced na.Hindi ko na alam ang gagawin nang marinig ko mga sinabi niya sa akin.Siya ang prioritized ko among my brothers and sisters kasi devoted siya sa religious group nila at siya ang pinakamatanda sa aming magkakapatid. Gusto ko siyang saktan to release what i feel.Pero hindi ko naman magawa.Sa ilang taong nagsakripisyo ako sa katatrabaho sa abroad…Lahat ng hirap at pawis na nilaan ko para sa aking pamilya, ito lang ang mangyayari. Every night before i sleep i cried. Hindi ko alam kung ano na mngyayari sa buhay ko at sa sakit ko…i dont know where to start….. And now, i’m already 47 years old, is there a job that can suit for my age??is there a company that will hire me??Marami ako mga tanong kung bakit nagawa ng sister ko ito sa akin….I’ve been a good brother to her.What i have done to be treated this way?? Shame for myself..Hindi ko magawang makalapit sa mga ibang kapatid ko.Alam kong galit sila sa akin kasi nang nasa abroad ako hindi ko man lang sila naisip na padalhan. Lahat dumadaan pa sa sister namin at nakakalungkot malaman na hindi naman pala binibigay sa kanila.They asked me for a help noon for the tuition of their children, pero hindi ko nabigyan.Nahihiya ako sa kanila…dahil wala na akong matakbuhan lumapit ako sa kanila at humingi ng tawad. Sinabi ko sa kanila lahat ng nangyari. Kahit sila hindi rin nila alam kung bakit yun nagawa ng sister namin sa akin.They i accepted me kahit wala na akong pera.Yung pagpapagamot ko sila pa ngayon ang nagbibigay sa akin..now i realizd ang mga pagkakamali kong nagawa..Siguro karma ito sa akin dahil noong mga panahong may pera ako pinabayaan ko sila.Kahit mahirap i’m doing my best to move on.I know God will always be there for me….watching and guiding me kahit ano pa ang nangyari sa buhay ko.At alam ko na may nilalaan pang iba ang Diyos para sa akin.Nagpapasalamat pa rin ako sa kanya dahil sa lahat nang nangyari sa buhay ko nabubuhay pa rin ako.Hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa.Dahil alam ko na buhay ang ating Diyos.at mayroon siyang nilaan na mas maganda para sa akin.Thanks…

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Truly yours,

Migs

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