Do you feel small? Do you want to work on your feeling small?
Start working on your feeling BIG first.
And everything else shall follow.
A couple of days ago, I had a familiar visitor (again) at the boarding house, and it was starting to manifest as fever and UTI attack. The smarter person in me texted my dad to cook some nice food, sinigang na hipon (how do you translate that? Maybe shrimp soup lol). His reply was “ok,” as usual.
Right when I got home, the fever was gone, together with all the bad feelings. The next day, he dyed my hair (because my mom and sisters can’t), offered to teach me how to drive (this time, a car and not a motorbike; oh and I suddenly remember that he also taught me how to ride a bike), and then got into a muddy fight with this huge crab that he had been feeding the past weeks.
Do you remember my post, “There’s a place for healing?” Yes, I confirm that there is such a place. If we can just treat our psychological challenges as simple as physical illnesses or allergies, survival and happiness may be closer at hand. Just like there are kinds of weather and substances that trigger allergies, or food that heightens cardiovascular diseases, there are also music and sky colors that make you crawl on the bed and hurt yourself a little bit. And just like there are foods that could prevent cancer, there are also dogs and sounds of birds and the wind that relax your soul.
What essentially makes you stronger is the knowledge of your weaknesses and limitations. Always remember the components of your healing process.
No, she doesn’t need to be an “artist”
She could be the one who shares good reads from Thought Catalog.
He could be the travel buddy who is brave enough
to say that he felt loved by you.
Or a dance buddy who risked losing his identity on the dancefloor,
and make you rethink the alignment of stars.
She could be the eccentric who loves great films.
After encounters, you’d find yourself pregnant with words
that fly away too quickly so you need to grab a pen.
They’re all good for your soul, for your art.
I don’t want to be overjoyed, but I want to recognize WordPress’ efforts in continuously improving (though I’m a bit late on this).
Whether or not WP read my suggestion, I still want to thank them for continuously creating an awesome blogging experience. Now we can even reply through that little notification button!
Other bloggers may also find inspiration to send in their suggestions, because opinions for improvement are always called for. In whatever situation, I hope everyone sees value in participation, dialogue, and accept it as a responsibility, more than a privilege.
Happy blogging to all!
Ruth’s Christmas and birthday greeting was tailed by “what happened to your hair?!” I said, “new year, new life.” “Only your hair ever changes; what else has changed about you?” She’s talking about 6 years. How do I answer that through SMS?
You don’t have to wait for turnarounds to turn life around. And turnarounds aren’t upturns (whatever that means). Yet, the calendar is a potent reminder to keep changing. And how else do we consecrate ourselves to the tides of the universe…
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing (GB Shaw).”
A life spent exploring, not afraid of mistakes, of falling. I wanted that short hair but I was scared. Sis said, “Don’t care about what people would say. What’s important is you’d be happy you got that hair, whatever the result.” Cliche but it worked. Little things indeed build character.
“A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage (GB Shaw).”
How do you celebrate change? What marks your lowest and your highest?