As time passes by. Every tic-tac of the clock. Every movement we intend to act. Every people the passes through us. With so many circumstances we face everyday did you ask yourself “What is LIFE?”. Aside from the fact that life is what we see and how we manipulate it, do you ever think what is the real meaning of life? They say life is the belief of ours that we exist, but it’s just an illusion. Some might think that life is full of happiness, but it’s just an emotion. Others may think that life is the freedom of suffering, but again it’s just physical. Regardless what others think or what I think, life is a matter of choice. A choice that neither an illusion, emotion nor physical because choice covers them all. Choice that we can always manipulate, a choice that no one could ever dictate which path or what goal we want to achieve. As I grew up, I constantly realizing the meaning of life. Until now, living in that belief made me become the best version of myself. Choosing is hard but if you come terms with your mind and heart you’ll be at your desired destination. Life is indeed hard and playful, challenging you with so many obstacles and with those obstacles you have to choose who, when, what, where, how and why. As we choose in life, we are growing and we might choose wrong decision but those are lessons that we can improve so that mistakes wouldn’t be repeat as history repeats itself. Above all, life is a matter of choice where we are the kings and queens who can only control and rule our lives whether in good or bad decisions. We should not forget that all choices is in our hand and it will depend the outcome of what we choose on how we manipulate those choices we’ve chosen. ESSAY Our country is prone to any disaster or calamities because we are located to the Pacific Ring of Fire surrounding us with many active volcanoes and by looking geographically Philippines is located near the equator of the earth. As we face many disasters yearly, we Filipinos are indeed resilient in handling and facing these destructive, disastrous, and devastating effect of nature. Ompong, the strongest typhoon since typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) brought a huge catastrophe to mankind. Flash floods, storm surges, and landslides are all possible. Over 270,000 people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in Regions I, II, and III, as well as the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the National Capital Region. I always remember those days and personally experience how harmful and destructive it was. Back in September 2018 when Ompong strikes the Philippines, that was the time when I had a patient which is my mother, she’s lying in the bed all day long because she’s sick and yet she needs assistant every time she needs to go to the bathroom and all. It’s hard to live at that time there’s no electric current, wind is striking the windows so hard and the rain won’t stop. My father and my brother are at the outside taking care of everything there as I am giving my mom a company. Listening to news updates in the radio with how many infrastructures and lives was claimed by the typhoon makes me realize that me having at the inside of our house without anything serious happen or harm any of us is more than a gift but listening to the aches of Filipinos on the radio breaks my heart, how their hard work became into ash. Nevertheless, Filipinos are known to be resilient and could easily recover from the stain of the past which make a history to them and give them realizations and change. Apart from being resilient Filipinos are also religious one. Faith makes us stronger to overcome any battles or obstacles. As Dalai Lama said “If we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster”. Whatever the circumstances are, we should not lose our faith and hope to God that we can overcome what things may pass by to us because this are lessons that wake us up to become a good citizen and son to Him.