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The Best People To Talk To If You Can't Talk Or Be Open To Your Parents

You don't have to keep it in just because you can't open up to your parents.
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When you were a child and your sibling and/or a random child in the playground is making you cry, kanino ka magsusumbong? Our best guess would probably be one of your parents. Cue that long “mama” or “papa” cry that every kid seems to say in the same intonation.

Somewhere down the line of growing up, though, calling out for help from our parents seemed hard to do for many of us. Even if majority of us are at home with our parents during the lockdown, talking to them about major things can seem super daunting. Not that we don’t trust them anymore, but maybe we’re not just ready to open up to them about certain issues and life updates, which is totally understandable.

Keeping in our feels isn’t the healthiest thing to do though, so we still need to vent to keep ourselves from exploding inside. If you’re in need of a listening ear but are too hesitant to reach out to parents, maybe these people can help.

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Your best friend

Our best friends are a no-brainer choice when it comes to opening up about problems. They’re the ones who know you like the back of their hand and are genuinely interested about what you’re going through. Naturally, they’d be our first choice when we’re got some tea to share—whether it’s the deep issues or the light-hearted stories.

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A trusted family member

If not your parents, you may have family members you trust the way you do your best friend. Maybe it’s a cousin you grew up with or an aunt who treats you like her own child. It might help that they saw you grow up before their eyes, so they could easily understand where you're coming from when you open up to them. 

Your block’s representative

Block reps are often the friendliest of the bunch. They need to be able to jive with the different kinds of personas in the group and be responsible enough to fulfill their duties to the block. If you trust your block rep’s listening abilities, they might just make for a good ka-kuwentuhan about life. Who knows, you might even make a new friend out of them over time.

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A teacher you trust

There’s a certain boundary that gets tricky to cross when it comes to interacting with our teachers. But aside from our parents, they’re the closest adult figure most of us have in our lives. Some of them also know that teaching is more than just a job and are able to see that students are humans, too, and would be willing to share genuine advice.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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