My Life Book

 

 

If someone handed me a book without a title, then I would read it and find out it’s about me, would I like what I’ve read about or not?
This is the challenge for us humans; to live a life worth living.

 

I hope that my life will be worth reading if someone were to make a book about it.

 

Others may be a part of your life, but you don’t have to be dictated by what they say and think about you. Their opinions of you does not need to be your reality (quoting from a famous quote).

 

And whatever your past may be, you can always change it. Feel free to throw away that bad chapter and start anew once again.
I hope I can make the best story ever out of my life and be proud of it.

 

I can do that by living well. It’s never easy, and there will be challenges. But I am up and ready for it. You only grow by surpassing difficulties. And as much as difficult life is, it’s still sweet. You’re always blessed.

 

I hope my life story will indeed turn out this way.

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When Life Says “No”

 

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Rejection is the most painful thing that anyone can encounter, whether it comes to romance, parental approval, failing a job interview, or anything else, for that matter. I’m reading through this article about rejection letters to famous people such as Madonna, U2, Sylvia Plath, and Andy Warhol. This goes to show that everyone gets rejected at one point in life or another.

 

The sting that comes from being rejected does hurt, but don’t let that get you down. After moping for a while, you must get back on your feet again and move forward in the race.

 

I remember this story on a Chicken Soup for The Soul book, about this kid wherein he drew up his dream farm blueprint as a class assignment about their dreams when they grow up. The teacher gave him an “F”, because he believed that the kid won’t be ever able to achieve that, given his life status. The teacher got it all wrong when years later, the boy, now a grown-up man, invited his former teacher and classmates to the opening of his dream farm. From what I remember, the boy-turned-man kept the failed class assignment on his farm blueprint and had it framed and hung above the fireplace. When the teacher saw this, he apologized to his former student. He said something like, “I used to steal kids’ dreams. Fortunately, you have the gumption not to give up on yours.”

 

This was one of my favorite stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This inspired me to not give up no matter how hard things can get. Of course, I’m in touch with reality, but this made me work hard and believe in the possibility of good things coming to you at the right moment.

 

Don’t fear rejection. Make it your inspiration instead.

Feeling 22 (Yes, That Taylor Swift Song)

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Happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.

I can totally relate to this line from Taylor Swift’s song, “22”. I just turned 22 weeks ago, and I realized that I’m too old to be young, and too young to be older still. I’m in-between. I can be crazy, cool, serious, and brooding all together.

Being young can make you ask a lot of questions, and hope for the possibilities. I learned that it’s okay to have questions, and to accept that not all of these questions will be answered immediately. It’s okay to have plans, and not fulfill all of them in one snap. The important thing is that, you take action for your dreams, and you open yourself to the possibilities. Don’t let anything hold you back, yet learn to think and analyze the consequences. It’s not about being carefree, but also, being free, having fun, and learning.

Being this young, I am ready to take on the world,and to be strong with whatever life hands over to me.

So yeah, it’s just fine to be happy, free, confused, and lonely.

Sweeter Than Fiction

I like reading books and going to different worlds even just for a while. I like getting in the character’s shoes, feeling all the emotions s/he goes through, and getting a deserved happy ending. This book-reading habit of mine is something I carried over to my teen years, and this led me to writing fan fiction and original stories as well. In my penned works, it’s always like this: the protagonist undergoes a hard time, but it all ended with getting love at the end and also a happy life.

But in real life, it’s not always a happy ending. It’s like problems and trials last longer than they should, and things don’t always go your way. Life can suck, but you know what? You have the power to create the life you want, even if it’s not always sunshine and rainbows all the time.

I listened to “Sweeter Than Fiction” by Taylor Swift, and the vibe of the song really went out to me. In a nutshell, you will encounter many obstacles, but you have it in you to overcome and succeed, along with the love and support of people around you.

I’ve always been an escapist, especially during my first year of college, that I didn’t went out that much and just cooped in my dorm room. College was a whole new world for me, and I couldn’t get past the feeling of leaving my comfort zone at home to embark on a new world. The first few months were harrowing for me. I didn’t had any friends and I thought people didn’t liked me. So I just studied, read books, wrote fanfics, and lived a boring life.

Until one day, I couldn’t take it anymore and I cried hard. My dorm mate saw me crying, and she went over to comfort me. She said she was also like that during her first year of college, until she realized what a sucky life she’s been living. So she joined a club, did the things she wants to do, and made friends along the way.

It took me a while to go out of my shell, but looking back now, I’m glad I made the efforts, no matter how awkward and painful it may seem. I’m now active in our writing guild and poetry club, and I now found a few friends whom I share my joys and trials with.

Sometimes, you just have to close the book and make your own life story. It’s good to read, but even better, it’s good that you can rewrite your own life story and make it sweeter than fiction.

P.S. Here’s the song, by the way.

 

The End Goal

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This is the end goal of why we study so hard. So that we can graduate. And when we graduate, we can land a good job, have a good career, and possibly fulfill all our dreams in life.

I’ve always been the do-good type of student who wants to fulfill everything that’s expected of me. Especially now as a college student, that you’re always expected to keep up with the quota in your GPA so that you can maintain your standing. It was all about high grades and studying like a drone for me.

Until I realized that it’s not all to studying that I thought there was.

It’s not just about memorizing info. It’s not just about high grades. It’s also about what you’ve learned in the classroom and how you can apply that beyond the confines of your campus.

College has taught me that you just don’t study what you see in books. Sometimes, you just have to close the books and open your eyes to the things that you took for granted at first. No, I’m not telling you to just party and have fun. You study, but you also make it a point to enjoy the limited time you have in your uni and to open yourself to opportunities you never thought was there at first.

Last year meant changes for me. It was my first time to attend a summer music festival, my first time to attend an elective class I really like (Creative Writing), and most of all, my first time to organize a campus event in my organization. These things taught me that college isn’t just about studying hard, but also living life like any youth should.