Saturday, March 8, 2014

To A Friend Dying Young

All endings are beginnings, we just don't know it yet. This was a line from the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven. For some of us, it might be the end of Mav's journey, but for Mavic, it is a beginning of a new life where there is no pain, no suffering, no sickness, no death.

Mavic has been part of our barkada since cya days. In a group where all of us are expressives, mav was the neutralizer. Mav wasn't the type who called attention to herself. She was happy being in the background and the listener of the group. She was our cheerleader. She would be the first to affirm us and say, kaya mo yan. Whether it be love life, family life or career, mav was ever supportive of us. She would text, Halu, kumusta ka na?

Mavic was also the conscience of the group. She had been a witness to our ups and downs in life. She was the voice of reason and she had this certain kind of wisdom that brings a new perspective. She would often say Baka god wants you to do this or that.

Mavic was a low maintenance type of person. She's simple in her lifestyle, in the way she dresses, in terms of her dreams and goals in life. She would think of her family first before her own desires. This was true when it comes to major decisions about work. She would agonize not having to spend time with her family because of her work. Mavic didn't want to be a burden to other people so she would rather suffer in silence.  Even when she was very sick, she was still thinking of RC and Vhia.

The last few years were difficult for Mav. She made a lot of big decisions and experienced major trials one after the other. Despite the big blows in her career, in her family, in her finances, Mav didn't become bitter. She accepted her fate and acknowledged her mission in life. Of course, she felt fear but she remained steadfast with The Lord.

Mavic, our lunch and dinner dates would never be the same without you. But, we know that you are up there listening to our updates and chika. Your name means victorious, and truly you deserve that name because you were victorious against your fight against cancer. Now cancer can no longer touch you, you are now with your maker who fought with you until the end. We love you and we will miss you.

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