by Dale Burgos
My 2017 highlight reel is pretty good. Looking back. it includes the honour bestowed upon us by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, which I wrote about in my article last month. There were also the times that my mom came out to visit – not once, but twice! The second time she came with my sister, nieces, and a bunch of cousins and their families. There were also the family trips with Elizabeth and the kids – tons of laughs and all around great times. I feel truly blessed.
I’m turning the page on a new year. No pressure 2018; but you better deliver! This year, there are some mandatory events that must happen. First, I need to win the lottery. This would be a great start to 2018. Here’s what I would do:
- Take a break from the Monday to Friday, 9-to-5 grind
- Take a trip around the world with Elizabeth – I might bring the kids
- Buy something that isn’t the “No Name” brand
- Buy an island
- Build a house on the island. I’d build one for my mom too, but then I’d have to make room for all her friends and a church. Maybe she can just fly in with a private helicopter every Sunday, instead. Yeah, that’s better.
Along with the lottery win, I hope that all my children get jobs. It’s expensive to feed them all! Sure the youngest three are all under 14, but does that really matter? I’m not expecting them to get office jobs. Maybe they can develop some really cool apps or create a Youtube channel. Every little bit will help.
I’d also like for the world to acknowledge a recent news story where a military pilot confirmed that he had seen a UFO. There was even footage to back it up! You’d think it would be the top news story around the world. Nope. It didn’t even make my local paper. What did?” Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle. In fact, I checked again today, and there was a story on what Ms Markle should expect for Christmas being with the Royal family. Nothing against the Royal family; just making a comparison. Congrats by the way. Harry. You made a good choice.
I don’t ask for much. Sounds reasonable, right?
In all seriousness, I’m hoping for a healthy and happy new year. I’m also hoping for peace and good will towards all. Sappy, I know, but I think it’s definitely something we need more of these days.
I’ve also made a realistic new years’ resolution, compared to past years where I would make the usual promises: to eat better, work less, and not walk around the house in my underwear. Those are boring and oh-so-cliché.
I stopped putting pressure on myself to start anew once the giant ball drops in Times Square on December 31. It’s just not the same without Dick Clark.
My one resolution: I’ve promised to take a breath. There have been many times that I was faced with something in which I have no control. Instead of stressing about it, I’ve learned to just let it go. Cue the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera (Whatever will be will be).
The song was a hit before my time. I have my mom to thank, as it is one of her favourites.
I bet you just started singing that song in your head, didn’t you? You’re welcome.
Dale is a former Winnipegger and manages the communications department for a school district in BC. He’d also like to wish all Pilipino Express readers, his friends and family a Happy New Year!