Life and the Future

“Study broadly and without fear.”

Nearing graduation, and seeing everyone else’s graduation flash before your eyes, is kind of an awakening.

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Hit that restart button, will you?

There is always this one instance where you kind of regret something you’ve done. Knocking over a glass of milk on the carpet, skipping breakfast then becoming extremely hungry by lunch, or even sometimes, larger events with larger consequences. There is always that nagging wish to return to what was been. At least for me, anyways. But of course, we have to face the horrible truth…

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Perceptions On Beauty

I never really saw myself as an attractive person. In today’s standard of beauty, I could never have that confidence. But I guess this goes for all girls that care a significant amount about how people see them physically. It’s one of those things that are supposed to be looked at inwardly, something you complain about alone while looking at a mirror, but given the free-communications of the Internet, we can find that “why am i so…” on Google will bring up my point.

It’s been one of my long standing opinions that beauty is arbitrary. “In the eye of the beholder,” and all that. But sometimes, you can’t help but notice the small imperfect things about your physical appearance, that we feel a little… “too”.

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The persona is a complicated system of relations between individual consciousness and society, fittingly enough a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual.

“The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious” (1928). In CW 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology. C.G. Jung, P.305

Even if we are not on a masquerade party, or in a Halloween costume, we wear them. More often than we think, even. Each person we face, everyday, is talking to an aspect of you that cannot be seen by others. We act differently with our family, our colleagues, workmates, classmates and friends. Each one a side of you that you don’t often see.

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Book Values

March 17 – Bone of Contention:

Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply – it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position and then reflect on what it was like to do that.

“Fiction books are a waste of time.”

There, I said it. This irks me more than it should, and I try my best to explain this to ears that will not open for me (You people know who you are, but do please stick around and hear me.). But I’ve come to terms with the fact that reading (fiction) is really not for everyone.

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Comfort Zones

There are some things in life that change rapidly, and some, change quite slowly. No matter how prepared we are, or how prepared we think we are, there’s always a trip wire somewhere that sets off an alarm in your head, telling you there is something remotely wrong when you’re comfortable enough to lower your ground.

This kind of jolt in your life stability is a challenge to bear, and usually, it involves gaining something new, and losing something familiar, or granted to you. Loss, can be seen as a great thing, when taken to perspective of losing a life.

In a diagram (more complicatedly named Kübler-Ross), it is expressed that there are five stages of grief. Despite the popular use of these stages and life or death situations (losing a loved one, being terminally diagnosed, etc.), there are small things, everyday, that results in a loss. And these losses, albeit smaller than a live or death balance, is just as devastating.
Skip’s Five Stages of Grief on Bleeker Comics.

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New Lands and New Opportunities

In history, colonizers always saw land as an expansion of what was already existing. For the early settlers, if there were any, it would be a land grab. It’s amazing how an asset that is flat, empty and altogether supposedly worthless could be worth more with the right hands to take care of it. So as to the question:

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

The first thing that comes to as an answer is an easy one. A library, something close to my heart and passion. But if I were to imagine things, I could think about it another way. Continue reading “New Lands and New Opportunities”

Language and Local Children’s Shows

While having a lone breakfast near the house the TV was open for everyone’s entertainment. As far as I know it was pretty common for local carinderias (eateries) to have this kind of leeway to customer patience, but what I find quite different that morning, was the educational children’s shows.

The television drew my attention as it played that familiar tune from a childhood that can’t yet afford cable. It was the flagship educational show for Math (or Maths, however you call it) that was around when I was a child, and I didn’t know they were airing it again, since I didn’t own a TV. But there was something strange about it this time around. Continue reading “Language and Local Children’s Shows”