today is the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Wood Horse. today is the first time my family is celebrating it without my mother. we were at her grave today, and amid my prayers, i learnt my friend Joanne Khoo lost her brother. last week, my friend David Loh lost his mother, just over two months after his father passed away.
family. always the most important part of our lives. the video above is from two years ago but still rings true. family is forever. and though some of us miss the family that has passed away, they will never disappear as long as they are in our hearts and minds.
there will be good days and bad days. and we will continue to miss the dearly departed. their lives cut short and their absence felt ever more during festive occasions and celebrations.
yet, there is still family here. and friends. for all of us, the best we can do to honour those who have passed on is to live our lives to the fullest with each other.
happy lunar new year. may this year be a lot better than last year. may we see each other more than we chat online or like each other’s instagrams and facebook statuses.