This blog entry is a continuation of my previous blog about change, something that we have realized through our immersion in the Manila Youth Reception Center (MYRC).
The people there might be uneducated, but it didn’t stop them from truly going out of their comfort zones and express themselves as freely as possible when we conducted an activity which meant to know them more.
The pictures showed their response during the group’s hand painting activity on which they were asked to hand paint things that are significant to their lives, important, and their perception about themselves.
After the hand painting activity, they were asked to interpret these pictures one by one, in order for the group to be able to understand and know them more. Based on their interpretations, most of them wants a good life.
Pictures of big houses and mansions were seen, which means that they want them and their families to have a better living. A woman drew birds, which symbolizes freedom. Maybe because she wants to get out already from the institution.
Trees and stones were interpreted as a person’s stability. They said that they want to be as strong as a tree and as unbreakable as stones so that in every decisions that they make, they will be stong and they will always fight for what they believe.
Time symbolizes healing. They said that one of the most important thing is time because time cannot be rewinded. This is to point out their past decisions. They even said that everyone should always give importance to time because it is important for self healing and decision making.
Book symbolizes integrity. Being unable to have a proper education, some of them know its importance. That is why they try to cope up with it through reading books, magazines and watching television so as to have even a little knowledge on what is happening in the outside world.
Sun, clouds, and skies symbolizes their faith in God. No matter how many times they fall, they believe that God is always there to give light into their will. He is always there to guide them in the right path and He is always forgiving. In the end, it doesn’t matter if what they did from the past was a wrong one, what is important is that they have learned their lesson and are willing to change for the better.
These drawings no matter how simple are something that those people from the MYRC consider as important in their lives, such as their family, friends and their faith in God. All of these are considered valuable for them, for they are the reason why these people continue to live their lives.
It only proves that you don’t really have to be rich or famous to be happy. Each and everyone of us has this thing within which we are happiest when we have. There are far more greater things than material things in life, and there are more than a thousand words to describe how we feel toward these things.
There can be a lot of words to describe us, the people that we love, the things that we do, the one that makes us laugh, cry, shout ourselves out loud from, and be free. But our happiness is indeed indescribable. 🙂