Day 5 #my500words: The Rebirth of A Naturalist

rebirth_of_a_naturalistThere’s something about my Biology and Environmental Science classes that I love, but I just couldn’t figure out what it were. All I know is that whenever it’s time for those classes, it instantly lights up my face and I couldn’t help but look forward to what I will learn from it.

It ended right there. And so I thought it was.

I did not pursue any course which are relevant to any of the subjects, because I thought it was just an “interest” that I know I will definitely make use of in the future, but not something I would be passionate about.

I just carried on with my life, met great people, shifted to different jobs, travelled with a lone friend, ate to different restaurants, read good books, reunited with long-lost friends, broke my heart and fell in love again, volunteered for a good cause, then I got married and gave birth to three boys.

It wasn’t until then that I became more aware of the things around me, particularly my health and the environment.

When I got pregnant with my firstborn, I did not care much about my health because I was slim and was too underweight for an expectant mom. When the results of my first pregnancy check-up came out, everything was normal.Soon, I gave birth to a 7.8 pounds healthy baby boy.

A year after I gave birth, I didn’t notice any change in my weight until one time I did my usual grocery shopping.

I took the stairs to a pedestrian’s overpass when I realized I was trying hard to catch my breath. And so, that’s when I realized I needed to do some changes with my lifestyle.

I began looking for free workout programs online and came across Belle Today, which was really helpful with my health goals. It taught me how to do the workout right and habits that I needed to develop to slowly but surely get in shape. Not long after, I was able to do things with my son, particularly run around the house with him and stuff.

In 2009, typhoon Ondoy struck Manila which caused great floods in major areas including Paranaque. It was a very frightening experience for us, particularly with my son because the heavy downpour caused a huge flood, and the water rose in just a matter of minutes. Almost all of the items in our home were submerged in the water. It took us a week to completely recover from the mess Ondoy left us with. On the other hand, the typhoon taught me a great lesson which I am actually thankful for.

It was Ondoy that taught me an awareness, to wise up on my knowledge about our environment and how it has changed over the years. It taught me that there is always a connection between healthy living and the environment; from the food we eat to habits we’ve formed, the products we purchase and use, wildlife and animal conservation, the link is just plain indisputable.

What underlies the rebirth of a naturalist in me summed up to wanting to make this world a better place for my kids to live in. Don’t we all moms want that?

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