As I started high school, I was that girl who likes to do her very bests. In almost every aspect of her life, she did her finest effort even though she wasn’t skilled in one. Until she reached the point of realization that she matters not because she was able to perform almost everything, but because she knew her limitations. She understood that every human person has a unique gift for a unique purpose. She accomplished the art of letting go. Letting go of things not meant for her. That’s when she began to take no expectations, go with the flow, and whatever happens, happens.
Whatever life offers her, bad or good, each day, each week, each month, and each year she is willing and ready to tackle. Tackle them with a good heart and ambition. And I think that’s what makes a person go beyond their limits. It is not all about the experiences of life that will teach you, but getting ahead of what life will give you is just something beyond one’s limitation. To me, failing is a part of life. One wouldn’t be who he is right now without failing. No moment in life that you won’t face one. As a student, of course, it is very crucial to fail in studies, but the actual truth is, nobody likes to fail because education is a lifetime gift a student can offer to their parents.
It’s very scary to fail in school because as of now, it is where a teenager’s life revolves. A student would have no idea how to get back up. But I also come to realize that this is not where the real-life fails. Low scores in science exams? Failed to recite? Well, it really leaves a scar as a student, but all these are nothing compared to what real-life brings you. I may not experience them, maybe I’m just ahead of myself, really. Failure is not final; it is simply the opportunity to begin again.
Every new day is a challenge and it is up to us if we want to succeed or fail this day. Who knows maybe every day is actually a failure and we just have to correct it and succeed?
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.
“College in a nutshell” ?
In high school, we see college as a get away from the grasp of our parents and we tend to be excited in entering college and starting our own lives independently, manage our own expenses and decide for ourselves as some of us leave our hometowns to pursue our dreams in a university far from home. Different people coming from diverse culture and society, gather in one place to learn and study. It is the venue where you meet new people who interest or repel you, where coffee becomes a necessity in order to finish loads of paper works, where you become a singer, dancer, actress/actress depending on the performance task, welcome to college. ?
The first few weeks of being in college as a freshman would be comparable to the state of being a fish out of water, being away from home trying to adapt on a new environment and mingling with unfamiliar people. You gain and lose friends on the way, that’s one of the realities in life that you discover in college. Vices, depression and anxiety are also some of the hindrances that college students suffer from, but in order to overcome them you should train yourself to have a strong mind and determination to go on. You will also get to know that time runs in a different manner because unlike high school, you may have early and late classes with long or short intervals but as you get used to it, you will eventually move to the rhythmic ticking of the college clock. And if you ever heard the phrase, “you should think like college students and act like one”, that is an evidence of how college standards are set. In college it is believed that you should commit less mistakes because aside from the fact that you are already matured, you should have supposedly learned the basics from pre-school to elementary then high school and recently senior high school before reaching college. ?
Some say that college is the stage in life where best moments happen, and others may state otherwise. But everything depends on you, because you are the determining factor for the outcome of your college life. Studying is hard specially if you would include the pressure from parents, peers and even the society but remember that life was never meant to be easy, it was meant to be conquered. You cannot take a shortcut in achieving your dreams in life, so read your books and follow excellence then soon it will lead you to success. #
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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.
Literally to begin with, I am writing with little shaky hands because this is the last time I went for a vacation like most of us must have and can’t plan any for now. The coronavirus outbreak has compelled us to stay at home for our safety and others in the vicinity.
I remember how I penned down my year 2020 to be the most remarkable year of my life in the hope of doing everything I desired for a long time and overcoming few obstacles. Whilst planning things ahead, I forgot to truly value all of things in the present.
I remember being chipper and grateful for my last summer vacation but now I feel I should’ve valued each and every moment. Considering the current gnarly situation, I want each one us to motivate ourselves to look for a positive side and to make the most of our time no matter the situation.
Make a promise to yourself that you won’t give up in these circumstances and reckon that there are a lot of good things for us in the store. We’ll have the most amazing season of our life post pandemic. Let’s accept for the change and become the change. Propagate love and only love.
Danielle Flestado @artdkf.ph | June 19, 2020
"While I was reading my devotional book yesterday, this part hit me: rejoicing together is more difficult to do than grieving with each other. And so, I thought of reminding myself that I should be happy for the success of others. After all, we are part of one family and every one of us is striving to accomplish our own goals in this world. Let us be happy for each other."