Many things had happened throughout the year 2018. Happiness, sadness, gloomy, and tears were all in one place. However, from all that had happened in 2018, I thank Allah SWT for everything that He had blessed. He always showed me how to be grateful in life I live, even in conditions where sometimes I feel in disappointment to see how the world works.
When I think of happiness, I think of what makes me feel happy. Of course, the very basic thing that makes me happy is to see how healthy I am. I had been in conditions where I was hospitalized due to a motorbike accident in 2017. Now, things are going alright. I started to learn to see the plus side in every condition. Guess what? Another thing that makes me happy is to see the face of my son. The very first time I noticed the sound of his heartbeat when he was in his mother’s womb, I felt so amazed. I asked the doctor checking my wife’s pregnancy, “Is that the baby?” The doctor replied my question by saying, “Yep, he is your baby, and the mother is well” Remembering that moment until now, showered me with the joyful moment. Then, from that moment, I began to see my mother in such a more respectful attitude. Looking at how hard my wife gave birth to my baby in normal condition has made realize that my mother might face the same thing as well. Eventually, as time passes, the happiness that means a lot to me is my family. I know that I can travel the whole world, but if my heart is not there with me, the world might not be a better place for me. Perhaps, when I travel alone, I would feel so much fun, but will I feel happy? How about you?
One a time, sadness came. It came like the wind. The first sadness in 2018 was the news on natural disasters happening in Palu, Petobo, Donggala, Lombok, Lampung, Banten, and many other places in Indonesia. A tsunami hit Palu and Banten. The worst image that I could watch online was liquefaction that happened in Petobo. Seeing the faces of those people who had been buried alive by the natural disaster had influenced me a great deal to realize how marvelous the Creator of this universe is. Does nature occur and exist just like that? I still remember the time when an earthquake happened in Padang in 2007 and 2009. The most damaging earthquake happened in 2009. Many buildings collapsed at that time. Several young men and children were buried by pieces of buildings when they tried to come out from the building. I was there. It was so scary and everyone seemed to protect themselves. I remember when my family and I walked by foot around more than 10 km from Ulak Karang to ByPass. I carried my sister, while my father carried my brother, and my mother walked along together with us. I honestly fear tsunami and earthquake. The sadness is, at that time, we felt so exhausted. My mother saw someone she knew. That person was on a pick-up boxcar. Without hesitation, my mother asked, “May we sit here for a while? Or, can we go with you?” Unfortunately, she did not allow us, although we were neighbors in a quite distant area. Then, we walked… That night, my family and I, together with other people of Padang who were living near coastal areas, seemed to be standing together around ByPass. I sometimes imagine and ask myself, “How if one day that happens in Padang?” My sadness will become even greater. Therefore, 2018 has made me feel much sadness. My condolences to those people whose family could not be saved due to natural disasters that happened in the abovementioned areas. Besides, from all types of transportation in Indonesia, many took calamities or victims. Starting from the ship, to the airplane, train, and bus, all had taken victims. I wish that Indonesia can improve the quality of its transportation and the government really pay attention to the safety of all of its citizen. We pay our taxes, don’t we?
- Hopes and Wishes.
2019. Now, it is 2019 turn. My hopes and wishes in 2019 are very much related to living peacefully in Indonesia. No corruption, no gratification, no nepotism, no illegal payment, and no social problems due to the economy. I wish that I can go anywhere in Indonesia because Indonesia is my country. It is the country where I was born. Also, I hope that all Indonesians can have joyful conditions in life, and above all, the next generations of Indonesia can have a critical mindset to set their life by taking care to the maintenance of surrounding. We share this place, don’t we? And, why should I write about all of these in English? The answer is that I want the world to know more about Indonesia. Indonesia had been colonized by Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese for years. This country successfully obtained its independence on August 17, 1945. Therefore, Indonesia needs helps from nations in the world. My special hope for Indonesia is that Indonesia can have a faithful leader who can lead people to the truth: let Indonesians love their work, but set them also to think freely as free Indonesians, of course, free in a sense of obeying the legalized constitutions and religions they believe. Eventually, I also hope that I might continue my education to a higher degree. The reason is simple: I love doing sensible learning for a bright future, not only for me but also for all people who are being affected by me, in a positive sense.
At last, I also would like to express: The New Year: 2019, Good Bye 2018.
I hope everyone can have a faithful life and fully blessed by God. Amen.