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Have you ever had that feeling called SepAnx? That is the feeling of being lonely because you suddenly have to be alone again after being with your loved ones. Separation anxiety is not a millennial thing. It happens even to people who are old enough, especially to our overseas Filipino workers.

OFW Raymond Lopez, like many other OFWs, had the same experience when he had to leave the country again after two months of spending time with his family. He had to go back to Saudi Arabia where he works as an assistant in a clinic.

The OFW uploaded a video on Facebook expressing how hard it is for OFWs to say goodbye to their family.

In an online interview, Lopez told The Filipino Times: “Totoo ‘yun sana hindi na ‘ko nagpahitid, ang hirap nilang lingunin dahil makikita mo lang silang lumuha,” Lopez said.

Lopez has been an OFW for six years. And through the years, he discovered many things he never knew he had, like separation anxiety, which only means how much he loves his family.

“Ang pinakamahirap na parte ng isang pagiging OFW, ay ang matinding pangungulila sa pamilya, pero dahil na rin sa tulong ng social media naiibsan ang pansamantalang kalungkutan. Kaya importante ang kumunikasyon sa lahat ng relasyon, relasyon mula sa mga kapamilya at mga mahal sa buhay,” the OFW shared.

Being an OFW may be hard but Lopez regains his strength when he sees his hard work come to fruition.

“Ang pinakamasarap ng feeling ng isang OFW, ay unti-untimg nagbubunga ang iyong mga pinaghihirapan, ang mga puyat, pagod, sakripisyo madali nalang nating nakakaligtaan ‘pag nakakapag-pundar na tayo, gaya ng bahay, edukasyon at ipon, hindi kasi tayo habang-buhay OFW, lahat kasi tayo tatanda rin, pero ‘yung pagpupursigi natin ‘yun yung ipapamana natin sa’ting pamilya,” Lopez said.

Here is the transcribed version of the video:

“Uy, EDSA to ah. EDSA, EDSA, EDSA. Ang haba nito, kasing haba ng mga pangarap ko. Aalis na naman ang isang OFW. Aalis na naman ako sa bayan kong Pilipinas. Uy, Ortigas Center, diyan ako nag-office dati. Nakakamiss naman ang mga nakasama ko pero pansamantala lang. Mamimiss ko din ang SM Megamall na ito, kasama ang pamilya, kapatid ko, kaibigan at kaklase. MRT! Siksikan palagi mamimiss ko ang ingay ng kalsada ng Pilipinas. Ang mga tulay dito sa Ilog Pasig at tanaw mo ang mga naggagandahang gusali ng Makati.

Hindi madaling mag-abroad kasi wala namang mag-aalaga sa iyo dun. Pero sa tuwing naiisip ko kung bakit ako muling aalis, nabubuhayan ako ng loob – dahil ang lahat ng sakripisyong ito ay para sa pamilya ko.

Akala nila madaling magpaalam, madaling kumaway. Sa tuwing papalapit na ko sa airport ng NAIA, kumikirot ang puso ko. Sana ito na ang huling sandali na muli akong babalik sa abroad, Dalawang taon muling mangungulila sa pamilya.

Ma, Pa, Ate, Kuya, we love you. Ayoko po kayong lingunin. Ayoko pong nakikita kayong umiiyak. Darating po ang panahon, hindi na ko mangiungibang bansa at muli tayong magkakasama. I love you.

Sa mga may pamilyang OFW, yakapin nyo sila. Kumustahin nyo sila at iparamdam niyo na kahit malayo sila, patuloy niyo silang minamahal.”

He added that OFW’s sacrifices and hard work are done out of their love for their families.

“Ang sarap sa pakiramdam ‘yung moment na magpapadala ka sa pamilya, dahil sa remittances mo ‘di ka lang nakakatulong sa bansa, maging sa pamilya mo natutulungan mo sila ng buong-buo, ‘di mo sila tinuturuang maging tamad, ‘di rin dahil binabalik mo lang ‘yung nagawa ng mga magulang mo sa’yo, ‘di rin dahil kailangan mong mapagtapos ang mga anak mo dahil ‘yung ang dapat at tama, kundi mahal mo ang pamilya mo at minsan higit pa sa buhay mo,” the OFW shared.

Lopez will be returning to the Philippines in July 2019 for good. He said that he will bring all his learnings while being an OFW when when he returns to the Philippines.

Lopez encouraged his fellow OFWs to keep moving forward and not give up.

“Maraming OFW na napapagod na, nahihirapan na,nawawalan ng pag-asa at minsan impotansya mula sa pamilya, laging mong tandaan kabayan na walang mag-aalaga sa’tin sa abroad kundi mga sarili natin, wala tayong aasahan kundi sarili lang natin, pakatatag ka at ‘wag kang susuko, lahat ng ito ay pagsubok lang sa buhay natin, wala namang madaling trabaho sa mundo, kailangang natin ng perseverance at intuition mula sa sarili,” the OFW said.

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