It’s the Little Things

As a kid, I distinctly remember saying that I couldn’t wait to grow up (I said it more than once actually). I saw all of these amazing things around me and I met so many fascinating people along the way that I thought this world held nothing but wonders. I looked at life from a different perspective back then. I can even say that, as a child, I looked at the world through rose-tinted glasses. All I saw were the beautiful things this world had to offer me. There was only that, and nothing else. I remember thinking, “One day, I’ll end up doing everything and so much more.”

At 23, I find myself gazing back at the little girl who thought she held the world in the palm of her hand. I still get amazed at the things that catch my fancy and I still meet so many riveting and beautiful people every day. The only difference is my perspectives have changed. I have changed.

We may not want to see it for what it is but in the back of our minds, the thought is there. Life is never easy and it doesn’t always play fair.

There are a million things to appreciate but there are an equal number of things that leave your heart broken into several little pieces.

The glasses are off and reality rears its ugly head.

 

Yes there are happy people, but there are also those that literally live their lives one day at a time. There are kids who play with mountains of toys, but there are also kids who are forced to wander the streets begging for food. There are people who jet set all over the world yet, there are those who are content to live their lives cooped up within the 4 walls of their home, not realizing how ginormous this world truly is. Then there are the little girls who dream of conquering the world and holding it in her hands. They dream of controlling time and moulding life into a Utopia that’s been built on fantastical stories of happily ever afters. Somehow, they grow up and realize that princesses are for stories and worlds could never fit into teeny tiny hands. With this in mind you can’t help but think, “If there are so many things wrong with this world, what is there to live for?”

 

 

I always pass by Recto on my way to the train station. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s a fairly rough neighbourhood in Manila, Philippines. It has a reputation for housing some of the most badass people in the country who mug you blind if you’re not careful.

As I was walking, I came across two street urchins running up the sidewalk and pointing at the train that was passing above them. One of the little boys stared in awe and said, “One day, I’ll be able to ride that train too” the other little boy looked at him and said, “One day, I’ll make a bigger train that can take us to the moon.” As the train disappeared from their sight, they smiled, picked up 2 discarded sticks from the ground, and ran along the side of the street without a care in the world. I went home that day with renewed spirits and a brighter outlook on life.

Here’s the thing. Kids may be little but their hearts are always so full, their words almost always hold true, and their minds are constantly conjuring up dreams of a better and more exciting future.  If those two street kids, who may or may not have 20 pesos  to their name, dream about one day claiming the world as theirs, who’s to say their dreams won’t come true? That’s the problem with the real world, a lot of the time, when things don’t turn out the way we plan them to, we sulk in a corner and give up.

If you want to be happy, you have to remember that you can’t be good at something if you don’t work at it. It’s a basic lesson but it’s always shoved aside for the more highfaluting morals that are basically just a more flowery version of the original.

Another thing I’ve learned is that you have to want to excel. If you refuse to rise above and beyond what you think you’re capable of, you’ll forever be mediocre. I know a lady who used to work as a household helper. 10 years later, she’s opened her own restaurant and owns a franchise of a popular Filipino fast food joint.

 

To answer the question, what is worth living for? My answer would be LIFE!

Amidst all the chaos and “horrors”, there is still hope and a chance to turn dreams into reality. Sure there are bad stuff, but there are also instances when your heart is on the verge of exploding from so much joy and love.

 

“Such is the way of the world. Balance is in the greater scheme of things.”

 

One thing is certain, years pass and we all grow but that doesn’t mean that we have to completely let go of the kid in us. We can still dream for a better tomorrow and leap towards a brighter future. All it takes is hard work, faith, trust and a little fairy dust. 😀


 

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At a loss for words…

I started this blog 2 months ago not really expecting to be recognized for it (except probably by my family) so being nominated for this award really means the world to me.

 

How this award works:

  • In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  • In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

I’d like to thank Abee for the nomination! She’s actually the first person I ever followed on wordpress. 🙂 You guys should seriously check out her blog. She takes AH-MAZZING photos and she LOVES food (just like ME! :D) Thanks again Abee!

Okay… So 7 Random Things About Me:

  1. I love to bake. It’s a fairly expensive hobby so I only do it on certain occasions.
  2. I try to paint. I enjoy it immensely but it doesn’t always come out the way I pictured it in my mind. 😛 I do have an abstract painting that I made hanging up on a wall in our house.
  3. I LOVE tea! I usually put milk and sugar in it though so it’s not the healthiest of options. 🙂
  4. I think 7 and 11 are my lucky numbers. My brother and I were both born on November 7th (And no, we’re not Twins) and something good or interesting always seems to happen on the 7th of every month (I keep track!) 🙂
  5. I adore kids. I love being able to teach them and I love learning from them as well. They always say the silliest things that, oddly enough, make perfect sense. 🙂
  6. I love the ocean and the creatures that live in it! I always try and catch the shows that feature any of the two or both on National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
  7. Love cannot even begin to describe what I feel about books! It’s become more of a passion than anything else.

Now I’m not entirely sure if I’m allowed to nominate those that already have the award but I think I’ll take my chances. It’s kinda like the Grammy’s or the Oscar’s right? The more awards you get, the more AWESOME you are. 😀

  1. Becky
  2. Brit
  3. Katy
  4. Nisha
  5. Valerie

The last two people on my list are very near and dear to my heart. I both know them personally and I’m nominating them not because I’m biased or anything but because I truly believe that the words of these two people should be shared with the world. 🙂

 

  • Lesley  – Lesley is one of my closest friends. She writes mostly in Filipino so it’s unfortunate for those of you who can’t read and/or understand it. She’s an absolutely amazing writer though so if and when they decide to put a translate button for Filipino, you should seriously check out her page. 🙂

 

  • Isa – On my very first entry, I mentioned someone that inspired me to start my own blog. Well, that would be Isa. 🙂 She is truly gifted and you’d be missing half of your life if you didn’t stop by to read what she has to say. She has such a beautiful way of looking at life and of sharing her love with the rest of the world. She truly is a remarkable writer.

 

With that… I’d like to say THANK YOU once again to Abee for the nomination of this award and here’s to hoping this will be the start of many more unexpected blessings! CHEERS! 😀