For today's lunch, I
ate with the yuppies at work for a newer perspective.
Because of Holy
Week, we think about what most people would be doing for the several days of
downtime. Today, because of the technology that we have, there are lots of
options like binge watching movies or series, posting social media updates,
listening to Spotify, playing online games and taking advantage of the latest
gadgets that we have. Seldom to a few that I heard someone saying that they
will use this time off to reflect.
Even the Holy Week
traditions that we have before were somewhat changed like the Reading of the
Passion with different twists. The meaning ofVisita Iglesia and Station of the Cross were sometimes ignored because
the generation now are more focused with depicting it as "artsy"
Today, Internet has
become a necessity to most people. Without it, they don’t know what to do or
how to survive. Their day to day activity revolves around it to the point of
addiction, from morning to night time. Losing data connection or slow Internet
connection is a nightmare. That is not an option at all.
We then looked back
to the days where there is no Internet during this holiday. If we were happier
then compared to now. A friend said it is helpful nowadays but some people tend
to use on the wrong way or don't know how to use it properly. Before, we just
let the days past andreflect with
whatever we have to reflect on. Of course with the restrictions of our parents
to not do anything exciting since it is Holy Week. Some play the good old games
like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Taguan and of course different board games. Some
rented VHS/Betamax tapes or CDs from VideoCity. My friend said he was sad that
the branch near them closed a long time ago. Some went to travel and spend some
time with their families. Some participated with Visita Iglesia, Station of the
Cross and Alay Lakad to Antipolo. When my parents were younger, we joined the
Alay Lakad to Antipolo and when they are not able anymore, my sister and I went
there with our friends. It was a tradition that we are not able to continue
anymore. I then opted for books. I have my own dream world when I read books
plus I don't like to play outside the house because it is hot.
Whatever it is that
you plan to do this Holy Week, I hope that we find time to reflect, atone to
our sins, celebrate Easter Sunday with our families and have a grateful heart
for all the blessings that we have.