Life in the Fast Lane


Letter To a Girl I Never Met

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(This post was also featured in a blog dedicated to Mikko called "Letters to Mikko Ona".)

Dear Mikko,

I feel pretty silly writing this to you, given that we've never met. I have no idea how you sound like, or what you'd say to me if we'd actually met. I don't know if you'd greet me with a tentative wave, or if you'd smile from ear to ear. Based on your pictures, though, I think you'd do the latter.

But while I've never met you, I feel that we're somehow connected. We have the same college alma mater, for one thing. Knowing that, we'd have a lot to talk about: terror profs, late nights (or sleepless ones), org activities, the UAAP, things that happen in campus, changes within the campus since I graduated... the list goes on.

You were part of the org that made my sister's college years the best years of her life thus far. In fact, my sister (now a CADs alumna) attended the year-end concert last Saturday and saw the very posters that you designed. Her friends are your friends. They have nothing but nice things to say about you.

I've seen posts about you on Twitter and Facebook, and from what I've read, you were such a bright light. From the way you smiled, to the way you treated people, to your innate creativity, to the ideas you had, to the adventures you went on, it seemed as if you lived an amazing life. Though it may have been cut short (20 years old is far too young), you lived an enviable life. Heck, I wish I was as busy, fulfilled, productive, and inspired as you were when I was your age.

But what I've really learned about you have come from the countless stories that your dad, Direk Raul, has told me: from your love for dogs to the different activities and causes you were involved in. Likewise, your dad's zest for life and boundless energy (he's the only one I know who's crazy enough to do solo bike rides from Manila to Pagudpud and back) are inspiring. And it seems as if you've inherited those same traits.

I never met you — and you might even find it weird that I'm writing to you — but I just want to take this time to thank you.

Thank you for living your life the way you have.

Thank you for bringing joy to the people whose lives you touched and continue to touch.

Thank you for reminding us all that life isn't measured in years, but in moments.

Thank you for reminding me to make the most of this life that the Lord has given me.

In your wake earlier, I saw a card with that famous quote from Perks of Being a Wallflower, so let me refer to it once more: "And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite."

From this moment on, Mikko, you will be infinite — in the hearts and memories of those who love you.

Meanwhile, an eternity-long adventure with your Father awaits you in Heaven!

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