Five Lessons from Joe Jonas
Family comes first.
Put three superstar brothers on the road together and what you've got is potential clash of egos and a recipe for a disastrous case of sibling rivalry. But Joe doesn't mind sharing the spotlight with his band mates and best friends, Nick, and Kevin. "My brothers and I are always keeping each other in check. We were raised by great parents who have always been supportive of us, so even when we're playing in front of thousands of people, our feet are still on the ground." The Jonas family knows the value of "keeping it close," and they always make sure they find time for each other despite their busy schedules. (Trivia: In the middle of a video chat with fans, Joe's mom calls him up and he immediately answers with an affectionate, "Hello, Mommy. What are you doin'?" So sweet!)
Clean living is cool.
As a part of a group that has been dubbed "The Clean Teen Machine" by Rolling Stone, Joe stays away from alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. You won't see him out partying in clubs, getting wasted, or being arrested for drunk-driving.His idea of fun? Video games and dance parties in his hotel room with, Nick, Kevin, and Camp Rock co-star Demi Lovato. Despite the flack and suspicion he gets for being so squeaky clean, he wears his purity ring with pride, which symbolizes his promise to abstain from pre-marital sex—something that may not be that easy when you've got thousands of pretty girls lining up outside your door, ready to profess their undying obsession with you. "I really am just a good guy," he assures everyone. We totally believe you, Joel.
Looking great isn't shallow.
When asked what role fashion plays in their success, Joe replies, "I think it is similar to our music—it's who we are. We can tell a story with our clothes. Our style is definitely very '60s-and '70s-inspired, and we enjoy designer labels, but you'll see us in vintage shops too! Maybe one day we can tap into the fashion market and have a JoBros clothing lie. I'm not saying we're amazing designers, but we love clothes, and it would be really cool." He tells People magazine, "Fashion is a big thing for us. We dress up every day. We love to put on a high-fashion rock look."
Embrace your quirks.
When she describes her on-screen love interest, Demi Lovato doesn't gush or swoon. Instead, she reveals, "Joe is a big dork." And it's completely true—he enjoys his weird brand of humor, wants to do stand-up comedy, looks up to funny actor Jim Carrey, pretends to be an alien, and stars in YouTube soap operas with hilarious lines such as "Fine, take your banana!" He can also be quite clumsy and accident-prone, thus the nickname, Danger. He gamely spills, "There's one scene in Camp Rock where Demi and I are on a canoe. I remember being on canoes with girls before, and I once fell in. That didn't impress the girl very much. In real life, there are no stunt doubles." Whats fascinating is that he tells you all theses embarrassing little details about himself a big smile on his face—he's far from perfect, and he's definitely proud of it.
Learn to appreciate life.
While every other Hollywood A-lister whines about paparazzi and public pressure, Joe takes a different route by saying, "We never complain because we love this life." He sees his fame and fortune as great blessings, and is constantly amazed at how far the band has come from their humble beginnings. "So far, things have just been lining up perfectly," he says. "We live so many people's dreams every single day, and we know that, and we really want to take it all in and soak it up." So what goes through his mind when he hears his female fans screaming and going crazy?" My first instinct is to think, "What's wrong?" And then, I'm like, "Oh, we're in a band!"
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.