“Change occurs slowly. Very often a legal change might take place but the cultural shift required to really accept its spirit lingers in the wings for decades.” ― Sara Sheridan
10 years ago I stepped off a plane at just after 6AM at Heathrow Terminal 5. 10 years ago, I was carrying a Philippine passport. In July, I received my British passport and in it, confirmation that I was a British citizen.
A lot has happened in 10 years – that equates to 520 weeks or 3,652 and half days or 85,500 hours or 5,130,000 minutes or 307,800,000 seconds. That’s a lot of moments, a lot of instances and a lot of situations. It’s been quite a ride so far: I’ve met so many people, I’ve made new friends, lost some, learned about myself and the kind of people I want to surround myself with. I’ve learned that you can’t please everyone, no matter how hard you try; that the opinions you need to focus on should be the opinions of the “right people” – the people who accept you for you, lift you up and respect your values and sensitivities. I’ve also learned that you need to take care of yourself first. Because no one else is going to do it for you, not really.