Blue Iris

At last, one heavy year ends!

The year 2007 has been 525,600 minutes (yes, the song from RENT) of primetime soap opera, a little comedy, some suspense, and more drama. Recalling what happened to me would be an information-overload so while writing down the notable moments of the year that had passed, I am guided by my small diary planner.

During the past year, I spent most of my time at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex counting house dust mites. Our thesis group reaped the fruits of our labour as we finished our research paper and was even accepted for an oral presentation for a national convention of scientists. Academic life for me has been stressful because of Biochemistry, Embryology, and Cell and Molecular Biology. I took the National Medical Admission Test twice, and application to the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery added some more pressure. I gave up serving as a leader for the UST Biology Society and ended up having a career in hosting (1 acquaintance party, 1 quiz bee, 1 seminar, and 1 organization launching). I have been promoted as Copy Editor of our college-based publication (now I have my own column) and I became part of the college glee club (did I say we’re officially the third best chorale in UST?)

Off-campus, my schedule was fully-booked. I met new friends; I was able to read seven books (5 of which were bestsellers); I was able to see the wonderful sites of Bohol, swim in the serene beaches of Boracay, and experience the cold climate of Baguio; I enjoyed our class retreat in Caleruega; I was able to watch several movies; I attended some parties; and I spent a lot of time figuring out how to gain some weight. I felt burdened throughout the year, but because of the things that balanced my life – the travels, the diversions, and the people – I survived. I learned that life is unfair and it is up to us to look at the other side of the cruel truth. Toward the end of the year, I fell several times. I thought I wouldn’t be able to stand up, but hey, now I’m welcoming a new year like everybody else! One time, I felt empty. I lost a special part of me along the way. I stopped. It took me several cups of coffee before I came to my senses and gradually move on.

Looking back left a smile on my face. Yes, year 2007 has been heavy, but its weight made the past 365 days full of meaning. The year I left my teenage years truly became a leap to maturity. Before, I used to carry only the memories I would love to keep, but now, I have lessons to treasure. I am not that old, but I am getting old. I am 20 and I am about to finish undergraduate studies. I am hopeful that year 2008 will be a smooth ride.

The “Colour of the Year” is Blue Iris, a shade of somewhat blue mixed with purple. No one might even care what the ‘Colour of the Year” is (except for fashion gurus and my mom) but today, I realized its value. It heightened my expectations. When I ‘Googled’ the colour, I saw a calm and enlightening shade. The effect of the colour is quite relaxing and cool. Because of this, I am looking forward for a year that is filled with happiness, peace of mind, prosperity and success. Don’t let me down Blue Iris.