By reyman Sy
Horns blown everywhere, students in jerseys and college shirts, and a jam-packed gymnasium– it’s the Intramural games once again.
Weeks prior to the games, we’ve witnessed a massive earthquake and a super typhoon which killed thousands. There was this aura of sadness that lingered within the Silliman community. Maybe we really couldn’t help but feel sad for the huge amount of loss of innocent lives and the countless number of infrastructure destroyed. And while the Christmas season is already on our doorsteps, we suddenly remember that there are thousands who couldn’t happily celebrate the holiday because they lost their home and their mothers, brothers or friends.
But our lives must go on. We must not stay idle. After these things had happened, the university decided to postpone the Intramurals to a later date instead of having it last November.
After the decision was announced, rumors circulated on the full cancellation of the event. A lot got worried. Many students took advantage of the one full week to go back to their hometowns or to have a break from the stress of heavy school work. A lot of the others were eagerly anticipating this week to finally unleash the athlete in them.But as the intramurals approached, the rumors were proven false.
This year’s intramurals is a lot different. Apart from having it early December, the week of games symbolizes hope, too. Last year, teams went up and others went down the ranks. This year, champions worked to defend their titles, and the rest doubled their efforts to give a good game. They are now given the chance to get better through team work, professionalism, and prayer.
Our nation, too, is like a team. We fell on our knees. We are left with nothing but a spark of hope that we will rise again. So as a nation, we shall rise – working and helping hand in hand, defending each other, thinking for the good of the other, and praying that we will all get through this together.
As the inramural torch is lit, we are reminded of a second chance. And at the end of the game, what matters is how we played it. Just as in life, what matters is how we are living it.