My dad passed away during the first quarter of the year and I found myself succumbed to depression. Friends and family were there for me, but somehow, the sadness and pain was still excruciating.
During those times, I looked for a place where I can be alone to ponder. I would always find myself in a corner at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf(R) UP Techno Hub, where I found tranquility. One gloomy day in the store, I started to draw. I drew mermaids with no faces and a princess in a state of sadness. I realized that art may be a way of fighting the depression. Creativity enveloped me like a warm fleece blanket. I was able to express my feelings through my drawings and this opened a new opportunity for me. I compiled these drawings and made a coloring book, I called it “Elle”. I earned a lot of Instagram followers and began to sell my work. I was very happy that I was able to share my talent to others. I realized that there is something beautiful beyond the pain. I also realized that art is my passion. 2015 perhaps was the most painful year so far, but beyond that, was success.
This year, 2016, my objective is to pay it forward. I have given two art workshops without asking for anything in return. I plan to give more free art workshops this year and help children and their parents to fight depression together. This is my way to give back and help others, in the same way that art has helped me. The smiling faces of the children and the awe in the faces of their parents all gave me reason to proceed. Deep in my heart, I know that the simple initiatives had made my father proud.