I have always wondered why she seemed to be in a hurry. She was always masterplanning everything. In retrospect, she might have known deep down how short her life would be. She was, after all, orphaned in her 20s so maybe that was her sign. Or maybe, she just knew how to live every moment fully. In her short 53 years, she accomplished so much and touched so many lives.
Thus despite the grief, there is beauty in knowing how well she lived. Much like there is beauty in seeing the sun set at the end of a glorious day. I can reminisce the good times and look forward to the next day. There is hope and opportunity to be better at how I live my life, bringing the lessons I've learned and helping others do the same. There is comfort in knowing that she has moved on to an even greater, happier life.
About this post: I started writing this post on the evening of her death, as I tried to process my grief and the missed opportunities for an even closer relationship in recent years. I worked with her in three companies: Del Monte Philippines Inc, SKYCable, and Globe Telecom Inc. Now wished I heeded her advise to come back to the Philippines to work together again. Rest in peace, Chinky (Ma. Concepcion De Castro Alcedo: February 26, 1965 - August 25, 2018).