Changes in our mentality after being hit by a super typhoon.
I was one of those students who were delighted every time I hear a storm is entering our area of responsibility. For me it meant no classes, sleeping in late, and staying at home with a warm bowl of monggo (beans). However after being hit by the devastating Ondoy (Typhoon Ketsana) I found myself changing and it was also evident with the people around me. These are the changes that I have noted:
1. Whenever it rains, we used to say “Yay! No classes!” but these days whenever it rains we worry about the flood; is it going inside our house again? Are our relatives in flood-prone areas safe? This is not only among the adults, but children are also concerned about the flood.
2. When asking about a low pressure area, it is no longer about wanting it to hit land but we now find ourselves wishing it would deviate and stay on the waters.
3. Reports of typhoon landfall in certain areas, we no longer wish it was in our vicinity. We feel relieved yet fearful for those affected by the storm. We hope and pray that they do not experience the same devastation we did last year.
4. We also realized that when it comes to natural calamities such as these, nobody is spared not even those living in posh subdivisions. That is why protecting our environment and minding where we throw our trash should be of utmost priority.
Our enviroment is making a statement and we should pay full attention. The threat to the environment is a threat to all of us, so we must address it properly and whole-heartedly. It is no longer just a cause to be popular but it is a fight for our survival.
So what have you learned after the storm?