February 5, 2023

Medical experts keep on reminding us to maintain physical distancing. As officially defined by World Health Organization, physical distancing, is a non-pharmaceutical intervention or measure intended to reduce the spread of the Covid-19. What does this mean for us now?
We should distance from things that would infect us. Things that kill our healthy cells of love, joy and peace; things that would weaken our inner man.
I was born in the land of gold and copper where I was raised by a diligent lead miner and a loving mother. They taught me that godliness with contentment is great gain. I remembered these words till I graduated in high school. However, things became so different even after I finished my degree. It was during that time that I was deeply consumed by dissatisfaction caused by what I see in social media not to mention my friends who became successful. They have their own house, luxury car, business, nice family, adventurous travels. They have everything they want and yet here I am. I only have the license to teach a bunch of students who aren’t even interested to learn. I thought I was contented with what I have accomplished but I was wrong. I realized that for my first year of teaching, I was living someone else’s life. I am living for other’s expectation. I am living for what I think is acceptable to the crowd! Thankfully I’ve recovered from this virus.
I have been in the field for five years handling senior high school students and I’ve seen that this atrocious virus is more powerful than the Covid-19 – the “Crowd-pleasing virus.” My students know that I always tell them: It is okay to be different. Crowd-pleasing virus can kill your motivation. A wise man said, following a crowd will make you settle for what you think is good enough. As long as the crowd does it, you should be alright. You don’t have to stress yourself out by thinking of ways you can improve because you’ve already accepted that you are normal because you are doing whatever the majority is doing. Now what’s the cure? Get in the out crowd.
If you follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd. But if you walk alone, and find you own way, you will likely find yourself in places no one has ever been before. (RITA B. MATIAS)