At certain points in his life, Miggy Bautista has battled with depression. He has envied his classmates “who enjoy certain activities such as tambay in organizations, bondings, competitions, as well as facilities for value adding talks and seminars.” He would eventually find himself “alone” most of the time, “wishing I can do what they do.”
“Amidst the positive achievements and personal experiences, I still feel unhappy from time to time. I know that we can all feel this but recognizing its life-threatening implications for prolonged period of times is something we should all be aware significant,” he has written in his own blog.
He has then thought “to examine ourselves today and recognize how dangerous we can become.” He has also called for civil and advocacy groups “to strengthen calls for proper implementation of laws as well as its compliance,” believing that each and every one must “uphold the rule of law.”
“Since we cannot do anything about the genetic makeup composing our body, we can only do something in controlling stress and associated factors leading it. It may be cliché to say but since ‘no man is an island’, being alone is, I believe, one of the major contributors of [depression] bringing loneliness or unhappiness. Being different or unique can be a source of aloneness or maybe isolation.”
Miggy has also proposed to “remember the people who are always there for us.” “Personally, my parents and siblings are my primary source of strength. I would be honest that I previously take for granted their efforts to help me pursue my goals because I am definitely a responsibility.”
“However, I was able to recognize moving forward that life is more than just a responsibility. It is sacrifice and love amidst all the trials, misunderstandings and challenges. Moreover, we can extend this perspective to the people who continuously come to assist us in this world. For my case, I like to include in it professors, security guards, utilities, fellow students and others who continue to become part of my journey and share in my aspirations.”
To date, the cum laude graduate of business administration from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman has conceptualized a ride sharing app that could cater to PWDs and non-PWDs alike with Ady Castueras, also a PWD who graduated from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos.
“Yung life natin ay hindi lang simpleng pananagutan sa kapwa. Ang pananagutang ito ay pagmamahal at sakripisyo sa kabila ng di pagkakaintindihan, pagsubok at hirap.” ~ Alexander Nicolabo Bautista
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