“Don’t go anywhere near it!” said my mom.
“I won’t!” I replied.
I later told myself that near or far, I had to see it!! So off I went visiting two small cities near my hometown – Tomohon and Tondano. I wanted to see a nearby active volcano, Mount Lokon, that ‘coughed’ few days before. The journey went well and no more activities could be seen from afar which make it less dangerous to get even closer. That fact as well as the beautiful scenery I saw on top of a resort near the city of Tomohon made me sigh in relief.
Until two days later when fear poked his ugly face right in front of me.
Two days after that trip, I was talking with my dad on the fourth floor when we saw the peculiar gray sky outside. I went out to the balcony and didn’t really know for sure why the sky was gray on a sunny day. Then my sister told us that another active volcano to the Southeast from my hometown had just coughed. The name of that volcano is Mount Soputan.
I couldn’t help but thinking about my extended families in a village nearby that mountain. They are the distant relatives of my great-grandmother and the sad fact is, they are not well-to-do. Therefore, life is already a struggle to most of them. It’s hard enough to survive daily life let alone a natural disaster like a volcano eruption. I did accept the fact that it’s not something I can control.
In one lifetime, I’d better focus on the ones I can control.
I know the toughest one on my list. What about yours?