Manila is beautiful at 5:00 in the morning. When 2016 started, one of my resolutions was to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. I would go to bed at 10:00 PM and wake up at 5:00 AM before anyone else in the house was up. Those few hours spent by myself made my days slower and more focused – and I totally loved it. Of course, as the weeks passed, life got in the way of my morning routine and it has been so long since I got to have that perfectly placed seven hours of sleep. But, that’s fine.
Yesterday was the first official day of Holy Week and instead of going on our usual trip to Tali Beach, we decided to have a staycation here in the city. It’s been great! I spent hours and hours just doing my thing – which is basically sitting outside with my art box, some good life books and my Muji sketchbooks. And Spotify. Haha. And I even had time to go downstairs and watch that sunset by Manila Bay, which was still beautiful despite the evident pollution in the pink sky.
It was exactly what I needed. The past weeks have left me overwhelmed, tired and kind of empty. I’ve been quite stuck in the aspect of personal creativity. Like I forgot how I used to make art for the sake of art. And I forgot what I used to do for just me – not for the Details Ink Instagram, not for any client, not for school – but, just for me. Which was so bad because as my annual week of rest approached, I did not know what I was going to do with it. However, I did know the one thing that might be able to fix me. I needed to get up before everyone else. I needed my me – time back.
Anyway, yesterday ended with a glorious seafood dinner and an even better food coma that followed right after… I was out at 10:00 PM and at 4:55 a while ago, I opened my eyes feeling that all was right in the world again. Well, I hope so, at least.
Have a restful Holy Week!