From Our Readers: When the Time is Right
To My Young Love,
Older people say we're both too young to be in love. Maybe we're too young to be in a relationship, but I think we're never too young to feel love and to be in love. And I'm sure that the love we had was not just any ordinary love. It's not the kind of love that easily diminishes as time continues to tick by because our love has flourished beautifully as we got older.
However, time has a way of messing with so many things and with so many people. Unfortunately, time got us. Some people would say that we should fight for "us" if we really love each other. But that's the thing, it's not simply just about having love because love is not enough. It will never be. Just think of it this way, when you want to have chocolate cake, you can't have it if your only ingredient is chocolate because you'll need a whole lot of other ingredients. In a similar way, relationships are like that. You can't just have love. It may be the main ingredient—like how the chocolate is—but there are a lot of stuff you need. You need to have trust, patience, honesty, and the list goes on. The other important thing next to love, which messed with us badly, is time.
That's why we had to let go. Why I had to let go. I was willing to make everything right, because if I pushed through with what we had, I know it would still end sooner or later because we lacked one foundation. We lacked one thing. It may not seem much, but sometimes the smallest things are the ones that really matter. It's important to note that we had everything except one thing. If we got it right, we could have made it work.
So how do we have time work for us? Well, that's why it's called time. We have to wait. And I would be more than willing to risk waiting. For the right relationship would be able to stand the test of time. As for now, we are indeed young. We have so much more to see and more people to know. Let's just take the moments that time would give us as an opportunity to discover, to learn, to know, and to love more. Maybe time doesn't want us to miss out on anything right now because when the time is right, we can finally have all the moments we need. We wouldn't have regrets because time would have fixed everything that was broken before.
From The One Who Trusts In Time
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these sheets that exactly remind me of how I gushed in between my pillow and space you filled in the longing of my burned sorrow put smile to my sober face just like how a three year old receive her lollipop
i searched you everywhere and here you are laying down beside me in my imagination the walls that our screens built a boundary and an obvious message that says i can never have you because you wear clerical shirt and obviously you loved someone else before me
oh god, do I really want this forbidden love? that only exist in my imagination? that only exist through my words? would you, meine liebling, notice me and my art one second? because I am dying to say I love you.
A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender
Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.
Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.
It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.
Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"
Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.