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Millennials will Self-Destruct

Which is worse? An employee suddenly abandoning his duties or the parents of the employee demanding compensation and justifying the negligence of their child?

In this time of so-called “millennials” you have got to wonder who is to be blamed for the continued degradation of our social values. Instead of moving forward, as a society, the signs are clearly pointing towards the path of self-destruction.

Good Bye, Cha Cha

Cha Cha finally crossed the rainbow bridge at 12 noon today. I witnessed her final moments and did my best to comfort her as her heart slowly gives up and she takes her last breath. It was a gut-wrenching experience to see your dog’s final seconds. I’m not even sure if she was listening to what I was saying to her.

I wasn’t able to do anything except rub her neck and tell her I love her and that everything is going to be OK. Somehow, I’m thankful that we decided to bring her home yesterday and I was able to spend time with her until her very last moment.

Thank you Cha Cha for keeping us safe and making our lives less stressful. Thank you for your loyalty and discipline. Until the very end, you followed our house rules, even if your body has already given up. You died in front of our door as if you’re guarding our house one last time. Thank you for being part of our family. Your presence will surely be missed.

I know you are in a better place now, watching over us. I hope we see each other again someday.

The Pain of Not Knowing

There’s no better way to put it. Cha Cha, our 4-year old Belgian Malinois is dying. On the one hand we’re thankful that she can spend her last days with us at home, but on the other hand not knowing when her body would finally give up is just heartbreaking.

We’ve already shelled out over 20K for her medical expenses but it seems that we’re already too late. Money can be earned again but her place in our lives can never be replaced.

As much as we want to exhaust all possible treatment even if it means losing most of our savings, we knew she doesn’t want to be a burden to us. The extensive damage to her kidneys brought about by the heartworm disease is enough for the vet to discourage us from pursuing any further treatment.

We’ve been crying a lot ever since we were told about the prognosis. Psychologists seem to call that “anticipatory grief”. Cha Cha is part of our family. The thought of losing her is difficult to accept. Not knowing when she would be taken from us makes it even harder.

Connected by Fate

While getting a copy of my baptismal certificate, I noticed a familiar name in the church’s log book. It was Glenn’s younger sister, Grace. Her name appeared first on the page while mine was last. It was January 4, 1987. We both got baptized on the same day. Our parents had no idea they will be seeing each other again.

Who would have thought that we would end up going to the same school where:

  • Florence and Gene are classmates
  • Me and Glenn are classmates and best friends
  • Faye and Grace are classmates

And 24 years later, Florence and Gene would get married and our two families would become related by law.

Envy is Relative

I often find myself feeling envious of people who never have to work a single day of their entire life. I also envy people who have parents who readily give them money to start a business, a car after graduate from college, or a house and lot when they get married.

From the time I graduated, it took me 8 years to raise the money (I needed to start a business) and find someone who shares the same dream to help me get things done. I don’t regret that it took me that long, but I sure wish I could have done it earlier.

I also wish I didn’t have to use my entire retirement fund or borrow cash from my sister (which I have yet to pay). There are times when I wish that I am one of those who never have to worry about money but at the same time I’m glad that I’m not pressured to be like (or even surpass) anybody. By the way, not having someone to control your personal choices and decision also helps (I’ve heard stories of parents withholding their financial support because their child is stubborn).

Then again, I don’t think I have the right to complain, considering that I’m in a much better position to fulfill my dreams that those who are, for lack of a better term, less fortunate. I guess, at the end of the day, everything is relative.

Two Zero One Seven

Just over a week has gone by and it appears that we are in for another awesome ride this year. Here are some of the things which I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Wedding
  • North Buildex
  • WorldBex
  • On-going and new projects
  • Final payments on car and personal loans
  • Development of new products
  • Improvements to the company
  • New food business