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You Are Meant To Get There

Because you can't stay on the sidelines forever.
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Dear you,

Right now, you're probably slaving away on your school work, or already worrying about the following semester. At this point, you're probably comparing yourself to your classmates who look like they've got their lives all planned out, their talents honed to their full potential, their dreams at their arms' reach. And then you might find yourself sitting on the sidelines with zero self worth, wondering when you'll finally get the confidence to mimic your peers and follow the path you want to lead.

Here's a reminder: you are meant to get there. Right now, you may think that you are worthless, talent-less, and generally good for nothing. You are not. Remember the writing prowess that you try to contain in journals stashed deep in your drawer? Or your knack for singing that only gets exposure in the shower or within the walls of your bedroom? You have talent, and they deserve to be centerstage. So what if they're far from perfect? You're at least one step away from forever suppressing your passion inside you.

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You are meant to get there, and you will. Right now, you're probably scared silly by the thought of doing something you've always loved because you're scared of rejection or ridicule. You can always just conform to the demands of society and live a practical life, right? Yes, you can, but can you imagine what kind of life that would be? You already have the talent and the passion within you. All you need is the courage to pursue whatever it is that you love. Find your passion, invest your time in it, and work hard.

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So what if you fail? You can always try again. You've heard of successful people springing back from failures, and that can also be you. What if your dream doesn't turn out how you want it to? In Tangled, when Rapunzel feared that her dream would fall short of her expectations, Flynn said that "That's the good part... You get to go find a new dream," and you actually can. And this new one can be just as good (if not better) than the last.

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Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone, because you deserve better. You are better. And don't forget that you are meant for greater things.

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Lausanne Barlaan
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I'm a Candy Girl because I am a modern day Elle Woods, refusing to be boxed by stereotypes. Liking pink and other girly things does not mean I can’t do things society does not expect of me. I am a Candy girl because having flaws do not limit me from chasing my dreams and standing up for what I believe in. I can showcase my smarts and skills, all while looking my best.
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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