Today was supposed to be a fun day. After having one day off in between 3 days/2 days of 12-hour-dayshift for almost 2 weeks, I was looking forward to two days off. It began normal. Til my bestguy mate sent me a message. The moment I read, "You heard about Al?" I felt.. weird. Then I checked my FB newsfeed.
And there it was.
I am trying to shake off reality over and over til it's just to real to deny. The out pour of grief and sadness was palpable that you know you just lost a valuable person in your life. Al and I got close in college. Parang kuya na kabarkada and always willing to listen. Yes, he is makulit and kalog, but he definitely did make our days better and bearable kahit corny sya lagi. After college, Al and I were never in constant communication. But whenever we have time, we make sure we get together, with the rest of my college barkada. He passed away in an exhibition flight in Nasugbu, Batangas, he was with his chief pilot during the crash. I saw the video.. and I got goosebumps knowing that it was him in the plane. Iniisip ko na lang it was a quick and pain-free death for my friend.
I wish I was able to tell him that he is special, good natured and kind. I wish I was able to tell him he is one of the best people ever. I wish he wasn't taken away.. but Allah SWT is the Supreme Planner and I have faith that everything happens for a reason. My heart and my prayers go out to your grieving family and friends, I pray for strength for your wife and your unborn child. I promise to get to know him and in shaa Allah be able to tell him how awesome his dad was. You're awesome, 2nd Lt. Al-Nazer Jana. You will forever be missed. I love you, brother. I hope somehow this reaches you.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.