“Para kanino ka bumabangon?” (For whom are you getting up?) This is a tag line from an advertisement of a known coffee brand; and it keeps on resonating in my head as I wake up each night when I have to go to work on a night shift. Being new to this kind of work schedule, I admit that I really suffer from too much stress and even depression. I would sometimes go home, stare blankly on the wall and would break down crying even if I can’t really point out the reason why. And I won’t stop crying until my head feels terribly ill. I then realized that after a couple of years working for my family, at some point, I would ask myself why I am doing this and what keeps me going. I’m not sure if my siblings could realize the sacrifices that I have to make in order to fully support them and lessen the burden of our parents; some people would tell me that this is not my responsibility but- I just love my family. I love them so much that I wanna make life easier for them; even if it would cost me to sacrifice my own dreams, my health, etc. I was compelled to support them instead of pursuing the things I want because I want them to pursue theirs. As an ate, supporting them will be the least that I can do and I am just so proud with what they’re now achieving on their academics- for me, it is more than rewarding. And I can’t help but thank the Lord with all the strength He’s giving me and the assurance that whatever season I may be, He loves me. Which is why even if I’m tired and almost wanting to give up, just one call to the Him, He’s always there to give me a powerful hug, wipe away my tears and lift me up.