I can’t believe I’m talking about this because I am the last person I can think of that would “deadma” something especially if it would trigger so many feelings.
With everything that happened to me, I have learned how to control my emotions, to choose my battles, to know how I should react especially in stressful scenarios. It wasn’t easy but the moment I was able to get the hang of it, then all is well. Hence I have learned the art of deadma.
After the holidays, my boss gave everyone in our team his Christmas gift. Everyone had their gifts on top of their tables except me. Yup! You got that right, he didn’t bother giving me a gift. He left me out.
Had it happened a year ago, I would’ve bawled my eyes out. It would have hurt me so bad that I would overthink every single detail. I would make assumptions as to why he would have left me out! But now, I don’t care as much as I always did.
Whether his intentions would be to hurt me, to make me feel bothered or not, I don’t care. I wouldn’t give him the slightest satisfaction of seeing me hurt or affected and the good part is I am not even pretending to be unaffected!
Because last night, I was just thanking God for all the blessings he gave me. He answered my prayers especially when I asked him to grant me healing. I feel so blessed just by thinking about my family, friends and loved ones and that is enough to make me feel happy. I don’t need gifts in fancy wrapping papers, I don’t need fake love. I got what I need and that’s enough.
So the art of deadma works well especially when you feel satisfied, happy and blessed beyond belief. Whoo!
It’s the early 2000s and as I wait for my school bus, I called Faye using our landline “Wala pa si tito bobbit?” –tito bobbit is how we call our school bus driver. I had to call her just to make sure that the school bus hasn’t arrived yet because I am starting to think that maybe, tito Bobbit forgot about me or that I was still sleeping when he came to pick me up, gahh my anxiety. Obviously, wala pa because Faye is still there. Faye gets picked up first, then me, then Bea. The phone call ended immediately because there’s nothing to talk about at just 6:00 in the morning. I called Bea and told her that Faye has not even been picked up yet. She’s relieved because she just finished taking a bath so I told her to get ready “bilisan mo na!”
I turn the radio on and turn it up as Avril Lavigne sang Complicated. “somebody else ‘round everyone else you’re watching your back like you can’t relax, you’re trying to be cool you look like a fool to me”. I don’t really like her, well my best friend Gee and I didn’t like her but I sing along to the song and hear my school bus honk its horn and I ran for the door. My brother Aldous wanted me to eat pandesal with Ligo sardines because he insists it tastes good. Sometimes it tastes good but more often than not, I don’t like it. “Di ka kakain??” sounding a little disappointed, I smiled and said “eh andito na si tito bobbit eh”. In a few seconds, I am out the house, running to the gate. “Hi Tisay!” tito Bobbit greeted, I used to hate him for calling me Tisay but since he started that when I was in 1st grade, I kinda grew to just let him call him that even if he meant the opposite of “tisay”.
I enter the school bus (it wasn’t a bus per se but a big van filled with girls since I go to an all-girls school) and sit on my usual spot in the morning trip. Everyone is quiet inside the bus, most of my friends are trying to still catch some sleep before school happens and some are just staring blankly somewhere. I sat there, look out the window and kept singing Complicated in my head. I reached for Cool Air gum in my pocket and ate two of it. Usually I would save the other piece for a different time.
I can’t wait to reach school and tell my best friend how I like Complicated and loathe Sk8er Boi like it’s the most important thing to say. I started thinking about how my day would pan out, I can’t wait for lunch time because we’d go play at the school’s Playground! No one usually goes there at lunch time so I like it. I am already planning the course we’d take for my made up Global Guts and Legends of the Hidden Temple and smile at the thought that of course, Gee and I would win again today. We always aim to be the Champs especially since I stopped being a scaredy cat for the high monkey bars and bridge we’d cross.
I remember how I felt that day, I remember how easy everything was and the only thing complicated was Avril Lavigne’s Complicated.
Wow, we’re in the middle of August already! That means our anniversary is in less than a week plus Paramore’s concert is also going to be next week and the next thing I know, it’s almost the end of my happy freaking month?! Woah!
Okay so before I publish the things I wrote for the past few days, I’ll give you this one first!
Ultimate Surprising Experience So Far
This would have to be the TFIOB (girls) Night at Rhea’s condo unit. I swear. This surprised me on a different level. Wait, let me publish it right away after this HAHAHAHA.
I started obsessing over podcasts in July when I listened to Wake Up with Jim and Saab but I like to consider it as a full blown obsession when August started. I was so hooked to so many other podcasts aside from Jim and Saab’s. My go-to podcast would have to be that and Self-Helpless (go check them out!)
Did Differently This Month
More than ever, I found myself still being reflective but self-aware and happier. I mean usually, when I think things through or like play over and over a scenario or a behaviour over my head, I get so emotionally tangled to that which leaves me no space for growth and understanding. So this month, I love how I am reflective but at the same time pushing myself to see the bigger picture.
I have been practicing a lot of things but my most favourite one is complaining less, caring less and being happier with myself. It takes a great deal of effort to really be patient and kind especially if a lot of things piss you off but like I said, practicing it often leads to achieving that goal. I am more patient, I don’t complain as much as I used to, I cared less about what others think and say negatively about me and I’m overall just really happier!
Working On Physically
I plan to work on going back to making art regularly again but since there’s a lot on my plate that I need to handle, I am just focused on working on going back to boxing and doing yoga regularly. Not working out really made me feel like shit and have become overall shitty to Kyx so he’s all for me—working out so that I don’t turn into a “monster” lels.
“Di ko nga alam kung bakit ayaw ko sakanya eh. Di ko alam kung bakit ako naiinis. Naiinis at ayaw ko sakanya talaga for no reason at all! Di ko talaga alam kung bakit”
Hahahahahahahahahaha walang ganyan. Hindi yan nageexist. Luko loko ka ba?
May reason pero hindi ka lang handang aminin maski sa sarili mo kung ano yung reason na yun. Kadalasan ang root cause niyan kasi ay hindi mo matanggap kaya nagkakasya ka nalang sa “walang dahilan, di ko alam ang dahilan” excuses.
Reason #1: Inggit
Maaaring naiinis ka kasi may mga bagay na meron siya na wala ka. May mga kaibigan siya na gusto mong maging kaibigan, may mga tao sa buhay niya na gusto mong magkaroon din ng ganoong klaseng tao pero tingin mo, wala ka.
Reason #2: Insecurity
Insecure ka sa mga bagay na kaya niyang gawin. Sa kung paano niya nadadala ang sarili niya. Sa kung paano ang suot niyang damit at sapatos ay bagay sakanya at sayo, tingin mo hindi. Naiintimidate ka sa kung papaano siya magsalita at kumilos.
Reason #3: Pagsasalita
Minsan may paraan siya ng pagsasalita na hindi mo nagugustuhan. Maarte, slang, may accent, malakas ang boses, mahina, mahinhin. Hindi mo gusto, hindi pumapalakpak ang tenga mo.
Reason #4: Pananamit
Hindi mo bet kung ano ang suot niya. Pakiramdam mo papansin. Baka masyadong loud o kaya naman ay lousy. Hindi mo trip yung style.
Reason #5: Mga Kasama o Kaibigan Niya
Meron siyang mga kaibigan o taong laging kasama na hindi mo gusto kaya naman hindi mo na rin siya gusto. Kumbaga damay damay na ‘to.
Laging may rason. Hindi pupwedeng wala. Wala man sa mga choices ko na inilatag, paniguradong meron kang rason. Ano ka sira ulo para mainis ng walang dahilan? Hindi ganon. Kaya bullshit yang mga “walang rason. Di ko alam kung bakit” kasi kung iisipin mong mabuti, mayroon yang dahilan. May rason kung bakit umaayaw ka sa isang tao, may nagagawa siya na ayaw mo. May kinikilos siya na ayaw mo. May something. Ngayon kung hindi mo mapin point kung ano yung something na yun, bigyan mo ng oras at panahon yung sarili mong isipin yun. Alam mo kung bakit?
Sayang sa energy yung may ayaw kang tao. Lalo na kung wala namang ginagawa sayong masama. Kung tuwing nakikita mo siya ay naiinis ka, tuwing naririnig mo ang boses niya nabubwisit ka—ikaw ang talo dahil ikaw tong nakakaramdam ng negative na emotion eh.
Kung ang ginagawa niya ay negative at tingin mong hindi tama, sabihin mo para magawan niya ng paraan. Kung hindi niya naman aayusin, hindi mo na kasalanan yon.
Maiksi ang buhay para magfocus sa negative energies na dala ng walang kwenta mong excuses kagaya ng “di ko alam kung bakit pero naiinis ako sakanya” diba? Mukang ewan.
Tapos isipin mo din ito:
Natutuwa ba naman siya sayo?
Nabubuhay ba siya para i-please ang isang kagaya mo?
Tama lang ba yang attitude mong naiinis ka pero wala naman sa lugar?
At higit sa lahat, Ikaw ba gusto ka niya? (hahahahaha taena lakas mo maka-ayaw hahaha)
Mahirap talagang maging tao pero hassle na nga ang buhay ngayon dadagdagan mo pa? Eh kung maging mabait ka nalang kaya? Napakaselfish kasi ng attitude na naiinis ka sa ibang tao without even thinking kung ikaw ba ay nakakainis ka rin ba? Kasi diba, kung nagiisip ka ng maayos, kung matino ka at mabait ka, diba considerate ka? Hindi mo isusubject ang isang tao sa sarili mong criteria kasi hindi sayo lang umiikot ang mundo. Hindi ikaw ang laging iintindihin at uunawain. Hindi ikaw ang laging pakikibagayan.
Sana tayo bilang tao, may ganyan tayong mindset. Hindi yung basta na lang pabugso bugso ang actions natin nang walang concrete na dahilan. Kasi sa totoo lang kung hindi man ito nakakaapekto sa taong kinaiinisan mo, let’s say wala naman siyang pake (kagaya kunyari ng mga taong parang si Kyx na may bahala kayo diyan attitude) pero kasi may impact ito sa iyo. Sa mental health mo, emotional health mo pati na rin sa social skills mo diba?
Towards the end of every months, I’d always say “thank God it’s over!” or “Finally!!” but I liked May. I think May liked me too.
May has been a terrific month for me. There weren’t anything that was too hard to handle. No anxiety or panic attacks that made me cry randomly, no sleepless nights, my grumpiness was at a tolerable level, my stress-o-meter was on a normal scale, everything is just lining up for me and nothing was too hard! I guess, there were ultimately difficult things I went through from other months so I guess May is this really easy peasy time for me.
Actually, both April and May are fantastic. I am super blessed and I did feel great for the past two months ya know.
But this month, I felt that there was an outpour of blessings for me, my family, friends and loved ones. I was continued to be blessed with healing. Blessed to still have friends who are there for me and I think, this is the month wherein I got really closer to God. I didn’t think I’d be feeling this way. I didn’t expect that being closer to Him feels so good, like nothing can go wrong, or if anything goes wrong I’ll be fine. That kind of feeling! So watch out for what I’ll be sharing with you about these experiences and spiritual encounters with God.
Work is meh and even blah. It does pay the bills but I am beginning to see myself desperate, pathetic. I know I want a hefty pay check if that’s possible but it isn’t always the money to be honest. I love mundane, I like routine, I like comfort but for once this isn’t the comfort I want. I am not learning, I am not growing and I don’t see that people like to see people grow here. Y’know what I mean? But overall, life is pretty good this month! (except my feelings toward work)
In a nutshell, May is a remarkable month. I’d always remember feeling light, easy and happy because of the blessings I received! Soooo happy! (I wrote “so dope” but it sounded as if I was a tita tryna be cool like?? Hahaha)
I wrote a lot of things but I wasn’t able to post it because I want the photos to be uploaded as well. However, I was not able to transfer my photos so I probably would wait ‘til the weekend to post all the things on my draft!
First of all, I can’t wait to share with you all how I have been focusing on myself, my growth and everything that I am working on for my own betterment.
Second, hindi halata but I am terribly missing my friends in the blogosphere. I haven’t had much time to even talk to my friends (Hi TFIOB people heheh) because work is super TOXIC. AS IN. (everyday tinatanong ko sa sarili ko kung kaya ba today? Haha)
Third, I have been stuck in my 67 kg weight before and after Palawan mainly because I have not been working hard on the strict diet that I have on my mind plus I have only gone boxing once (yesterday) ever since my Palawan trip so that’s almost a month of NO EXERCISE. God, bless my soul josko huhu.
Fourth, I am trying my best to go back to blogging. To be where I was back then. Always writing, always interacting. PLEASE pray for me. HALP! Haha It’s so hard for me, idk why. I just. Hayyy. Basta help me powzzz hehe.
Fifth, I did tell you guys about my birthday (or I haven’t posted that one yet?) Basta my birthday was fun and it wasn’t terrible unlike last year! I AM SO BLESSED this year huhu.
Sixth, I am still on the lookout for a new job. I don’t think I’ll still be sane if I stay for more than 5 months pa. HALP!
Of course, since I have to work from 9am to 4pm, I can’t make it on time. OBVS.
Right after work, I asked my officemate/friend, Anne if she can help me and my late sorry ass to go to Gateway Cubao. There was this “hidden” pathway called Butas and from there, we rode a tricycle heading to Guadalupe and then we rode the MRT going to Cubao. It was a fun experience because I don’t get to do that very often and I learned a lot from that trip (I’ll write about it some other time) Basta ang hirap huminga sa loob ng MRT, I swear haha.
When I arrived at Banapple, Gateway Mall (where the meet up was held) almost everyone was there. I didn’t get to talk to them as intimately as I’d liked to but it was still a fun experience. Those whom I met at the first meet up grew closer to my heart and the ones I’m meeting for the first time made me look forward to the next meet up.
There are still a lot of other Filipino bloggers from TFIOB that I’m looking forward to meet and talk to in person. Hopefully on the next meet up, I’d be able to see everyone.
On this meet up, I was able to meet these wonderful people and we all have different blogging styles, topics, culture, backgrounds and means of living but one thing that I realized is that everyone of us clicks just about right! We were able to set aside our differences and ang saya lang talaga hahah.
I’ll talk about the amazing things I experienced and realized while I was with them.
I realized that I went out of my way for this people because these are the people that helped me when I was down and I love to see them and be able to talk to them personally.
They helped me to get the hell out of my shell. When I am with them, I am not quiet and just a tinee weeny bit shy. It’s like they’re pushing me to give my full potential when socializing.
They are really wonderful people. Go meet a writer and you’d feel like they really understand you to the core ?? And if not, they’ll try to understand you. I can’t explain the feeling, but just the openness of everyone? It’s impeccable!
Here are the bloggers I have met! Visit their blogs and see for yourself how wonderful these people are.
Kuya Jheff – He’s the one who organized the meet up hehe. Probably the kindest person I have met. He’s very patient, honest and nice. I really like him as a person. He inspires me to be better.
Rhea – Met her on the first meet up but I was not able to really socialize with her until the second meet up. She’s this strong amazing woman and she inspires me to be closer to God. 😀
Jas – The ball of energy that she is, is amazing!! She’s the life of the party and there is no dull moment when you are with her.
Jonathan – met this guy on the first meet up but was not able to really know him well, the second time I met him, I realized he’s kind, funny and a great person!
Aysa – I was not able to talk to her that much because I was late and she needs to go home early hehe. But just like how she is in her blog—natural, kind and maganda!
Ely – I was looking forward to meet this person! KAKAIBANG FEELING! I didn’t know that Ely will be going talaga sa meet up and nung nakita ko na siya, NATUWA TALAGA AKO HUHUHU!
Kate – I think I knew Kate from the blog even before I knew these people and I was so excited to see her. FINALLY. She’s this amazing person who helped me in my darkest days. Huhuhu coffee date please!
Sensei – I was not able to talk to her that much because I was seated far from her although I was able to socialize with her before the meet up through comments and blog reading hehe. I like her!
Grace – I met her before at a blogging event but she can’t remember me HAHAHA. She’s this cute woman, very friendly and nice too! Can’t wait to see her again.
James – He’s this cool guy and I think he’s easy to get along with. He’s also very nice!
Patrick – I was not able to talk to him personally because when I arrived he already left but then he came back so we were just talking in groups with him hehe.
Pajama – She’s very mysterious but she has this game lagi vibes.
Overall, it was a nice experience to be able to at least meet the people behind the blogs I read every day. I hope our other TFIOB friends will be able to join us next time! Really looking forward to meeting a lot more people from the blogging community. Kakatuwa!