What’s with all the rush?

I don’t get it.

It’s the 20th of December; five days ’til Christmas, and everyone’s stressing. I really don’t get it! Why are people stressing when the holidays are nearing? Presents? Gift giving?

I did a little research, and the tradition of gift giving during Christmas came from the very moment when the Magi brought Jesus some gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those gifts symbolized Jesus’ identity and mission.

Nowadays, everyone’s exchanging gifts. When I was a little kid, I asked my mom why people give gifts to each other during Christmas. She said that it is a way of thanking the people you love for everything they have done for you. Now that I’m a bit older, I thought: why does gift giving during Christmas seem compulsory?

I grew up knowing that Christmas is all about giving…giving love. I discovered that Christmas also means giving forgiveness and acceptance. I think that receiving these three things is way better than getting an iPad 2 or a new DSLR or a laptop. I think that spending time with your family beats wearing the most beautiful and most expensive dress from Zara or Mango on Christmas day.

You may say that I’m only saying these stuff because I can’t receive all those expensive stuff I mentioned above. Unlike the majority of the people studying in my school, my family is not rich. My parents can only spend P5000 at the maximum for me and the same for my brother. But no. I only say what I believe in. I don’t intend to get into a fight with anyone or something. I’m just confused. Why spend loads of money for something that is similar to a gadget that you already have when you can donate to typhoon victims?

And I thought Christmas is about Jesus.

Just sayin’.

In Searching

What is my purpose? I know that I’m supposed to serve God and His people, but in what way? I’m 15, and I’m stressing on my future. Will I be friends with my students? Will I work in an office? Will I mix chemicals in some laboratory? Will I sing on stage? Will my best friends be a pen and a notebook? Will I win a Nobel Peace Prize? Will I travel the world in search for the cure for all cancers? Will I become the Philippine president when I turn 45? I don’t know; no one knows.

So, what should I take up for college?