Sometimes I wish my friends would temporarily stop growing up and leave all the “adult responsibilities” to the real grown-ups who can handle life situations better. For a moment, I need to feel like I’m not the only one who’s stuck on the wheels of transition, hypnotized by the promise of big dreams and other idealisms.
Growing up people thought I had it all figured out —- poetry in grade school, student council in high school, hosting in college, law school after everything else. But I don’t. And I have come to accept that lingering in limbo isn’t so bad since I have been walking on thin wire pretty much half of the year this year. At least I have a ton of things to look forward to, to be disappointed about, to just be.
Looking back, 2011 has been a year of rejections, self-discovery and goals yet to be realized. That said, here goes the top 11 lessons I learned in 2011:
(in no particular order)
- Parents will give you hell in your face for the littlest things, but they brag about your achievements to their friends behind your back.
- Sometimes strangers make for the best company.
- Blind dates are so not my thing.
- Be open to new opportunities, career-wise. Get as much experience but move on when you feel like it’s not something you have, you can sustain or even want to promote.
- People change. One day you think you can’t live without them; the next, you know they’re good riddance.
- When you know you need help, seek it. I was bulimic for 3 months and survived 2 months of “food therapy” to get out of the habit. I only meant to lose a few pounds but things got out of hand.
- I will forever be a Vanessa Hudgens-Zac Efron fan. Peg na ‘yan for my future love life. HAHA.
- Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean I have to buy it.
- Indulge in other peoples’ stories. Listen carefully during coffee breaks with colleagues and dinner dates with the family. You will be surprised with what you can pick up from these conversations.
- My friends are getting married and having babies. At 22 I can’t do those (and choose not to); genuinely happy for them nonetheless.
- Reality TV isn’t meant for anyone. Saan pa ba may VTRs diyan? HAHA.
Overall, it has been an okay 2011 which leaves 2012 to be nothing less than bombastic. Thank you Lord for all the blessings, the failures and the adventures. Now, it’s time to pop open the champagne bottles (uyyy sosyal) and have a Happy New Year everyone!