Sometimes people contact me for advice, whether it be about love life, career, technical gadgets, software choice and installation procedures, phone applications, household and other life decisions.
I would love to be an old wise person who knows everything, but most of the time I feel like I am only as good at some things as I am at assembling some furniture. Without instructions. Red-cheeked. In the desert. Alone submerged underwater.
My closest friends know my weaknesses: doing super simple things like…stapling a huge chunk of paper together (how much force do I actually have to put forth?), untying a tight knot (come on, I’ll just use the scissors and cut it out altogether), opening canned goods using a can opener quickly (or maybe, it’s the can opener’s bad?), opening candy wrapper and a pack of junk food (maybe because my mom did not allow us to have these unhealthy stuff during childhood), biking, rollerblading, ice skating, playing ball sports, chopping small pieces of vegetables, etc.
So I do not feel I am in a position to be doling out advice but I give them anyway. My main tips for life are, as you probably know by now, if you’re an avid reader of this blog: be positive and have faith, always.
I’ve met with my friends last week for a quick catch-up, and this got me thinking: Should I work so hard just to possibly fail? You know, these sort of doubts come creeping in every once in a while.
Honestly, there are days when I’m afraid to walk out the door, meet with people, keep up with technology and current events. And yes, there are days when words and my ability to wield them frighten me.
After our looong night-midnight-early morning conversations, I was reminded that we should be willing to fail. It’s SAD but it’s natural (self-affirmation here!). We won’t gain much in life by holding back because we’re afraid we’ll fail. We learn from things we do; all the advice from all the world there are will not make us brilliant.
If we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to succeed or fail, we’ll be constantly uncertain and self-doubting. There might not be anyone in the world who’s born brilliant. The transformation and achievement of this title takes time. But to get it, we have to have something to start with: the boldness, the intensity, the motivation, the motive, the push. Expect the best and you’ll get it?
Let’s see. Three weeks from now, I’ll be trying out something I’ve never done before. Change you say, surely for the better, right? Not if you’re a creature of habit. I am one but as much as I don’t like change, I resent the “boxed in and giving up” option even more. I’m fond of experimenting on things a little close to my comfort zone and progress from it. I like to make myself believe that my prison guard of fear has allowed me to escape against the bars…and give me the license to fly.
Updates and Prayers
- We had a simple celebration of Daddy’s birthday last weekend. Relatives came to our house and we just had mighty fun. We’re praying for his recovery still–he has tried to walk without a cane very slowly and stepped up and down a flight of stairs.
- My sister is finally on school vacation. She’ll be in her third year next term (four terms to go before graduation). Now that I’m here, I can provide more guidance to her studies. We pray that she pass the succeeding courses smoothly.
- I’ve just got my NBI clearance after like a month of waiting for its release. I have complete document requirements now for employment, yay. I have at least three good pending applications with big companies. I’m praying for good outcomes this week. Meanwhile, I’m writing online articles and business papers here and there and doing chores at home (a lot of help for my family).
- Louie has came back from Europe last Monday. We pray for him to overcome whatever that is bugging his mind. We pray for a sound mind and good health.
- The west coast of northern Sumatra has been struck with a magnitude 8.7 earthquake, leading Indonesia to prompt for a tsunami warning last Wednesday. We pray for the safety of their people.
- Janine Tugonon, a pharmacy graduate of UST, was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum last night. She has defeated 29 other contestants for the right to represent the country in this year’s Ms. Universe contest in Florida, USA. We pray for her to (not necessarily win the international pageant but) bring honor to the Philippines in ways she can.