I have been in the call center industry for quite a while now. There have been many instances in the past that I spent Christmas or New Year’s eve working. It was okay with me. I said to myself, it’s not that bad, you’re actually paid more during holidays and we get to enjoy free food. I’m not much of a sentimental person but it seems that I felt I’ve missed too many Christmas gatherings with my family just because of the work I do. Sometimes you ought to think, is it really worth it? I mean for me I don’t have total control of my schedule and I’ve tried getting those leaves to be approved so I can go home to my province to spend the holidays, no luck for me on that either. I again found myself working on Christmas Eve unable to go home. Well after all, the management means business and they can’t have the office empty on the holidays, I mean who would take those calls right? I think that’s what separate us Filipino’s from the rest. We tend to endure and persevere in these types of circumstances. Many would put their work first knowing they are sacrificing and doing it for their families. At the same time, I feel sad that many have to go through this including me. When you are working on Christmas Eve and you look at the fireworks sparkling outside and you hear those loud cracks when they go off, it just makes you miss home. You imagine the smiles of your parents, siblings, relatives, friends and neighbors back home. You wonder when will you ever be able to join them for these type of gatherings when everyone is just so merry. There is lots of food around and you get to see people you have not seen for a long time and you get to catch up and talk about your previous experiences and laugh about it. I’m missing all that. I think I’m just writing this story to make myself feel better. It finally dawned on me, this can’t go on forever. I will just make it up to my family when I can and I will find ways and try my hardest so next time I will not be missing anything.
I want to greet everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers to us the modern day heroes!