“Porque estas siempre feliz?”
Or let us try that in English: “Why are you always happy?”
I think I know why:
Because I am a naturally born Filipino and living a Filipinized Dutch life with my family in the Netherlands.
And because I was born in the Philippines, in a positive way, I have learned how to be content in life. How to dream, how to work for your goals – but not expect too much.
My country of birth taught me how to be humble – because we are very rich with love and warmth, though we lack tangible richness or gold deposit at the country’s Central Bank.
I learned that if I reach a detour and have to make a choice, it is a risk I have to take – no matter the outcome. I stand by my decision, because it was mine.
I am happy because I grew up loving the hard rain. I read my books while listening to the pitpats of the rain outside.
I am happy not because I am laughing, or I make faces, or I do voices.
Come to think of it, maybe my being a Filipino is not the reason at all.
I am happy because I am happy.
And I choose to be.