what it takes to live

I woke up thinking and feeling very different this morning. It might be because I woke up to Imagine Dragons playing on my phone or maybe it’s because my room reeks of coffee and garlic from the fried rice for breakfast. It’s a good day.

For the first time in years, I am happy.

Sometimes we worry too much about where we wanna be, we totally forget where we are. That’s a pity because there’s so much to celebrate today. Small victories that make us who we are, make us happier and stronger. No matter how bright and promising the future may be there’s joy in getting there. As the movie Letter’s to Juliet put it ‘Life is the messy bits.’

So my advice, enjoy working your ass off. Savor the small salary and those tangy canned meals. Live for the commutes and the heavy lifting. Trust me, you’ll miss that.

Love life, live it.

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wisdom of the old?

I always make the strangest realizations when walking around like what happened a few days ago. I was walking home from a restaurant my family and I frequent when I noticed a crowd of people gathered around the plaza. To respond to my growing curiosity, I decided to inch myself into the restless, weirdly loud crowd. In the middle are 3 60-something men who were aggressively talking about social issues like the culture of Philippine elections, prices and governance. It was amusing at first because discourse, in my opinion, is a prerequisite to any functional social institution but I was a little irritated when the blame game started.

Random Lolo 1: Ang mga kaakian talaga ngunyan. (continues to rant)

Random Lolo 2: Mayo na kayang pagtubod sa Diyos. Hilinga na ta gabos na sanang kararatan ginigibo.

Roughly translating to:

Random Lolo 1: Kids these days (continues to rant)

Random Lolo 2: Their lack of faith and fear in the Lord causes this. Look at them and all the faults they’ve committed.

Ironic right?

This people who criticize our generation seem to forget who raised it