Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I still remember the days when I felt the excitement while blogging about my pre-debut photo shoot and my 18th birthday party. And now, seeing myself writing a new blog post, about me being nineteen. Wait, I'm nineteen now?! But I just celebrated my debut, and it seems like it was yesterday! Well, that's pretty much my reaction while writing this blog post and somehow it makes me realize how short life is. Who would have thought one year has passed in just a blink of an eye. So in line with me living the last teen year of my life, I listed down 19 things life taught me in my 19 years of existence. Here it goes:

1. Stop thinking what other people think of you.
    Other people's opinion about you, especially the ones that may hurt you is none of your business. If you keep on minding those compulsively judgmental people out there, you may feel bad about yourself. You're being judged no matter what so chin up and continue to do your thing as long as you don't hurt anybody and let those damn haters hate you more for being yourself. 

2. We are flawed human beings.
    In connection with number one, if you can't stop thinking about other people's opinion about you, consider the fact that we are flawed human beings. All of us have imperfections, those people who are stating unwanted opinion about you are also imperfect. Boy, we're all equal here!

3. Be your own kind of beautiful.
    We are free human beings. We may listen to songs that we like even though they're old school, and that's okay. We may dress up the way we want even though they're out of style, and I tell you-- that's totally fine! Be you and everyone else will love you for being your unique self. No need to try hard to be anybody else because as the saying goes, an original is worth more than a copy.

4. Screw your expectations.
    The more you expect, the higher the possibility you'll get hurt. No need to explain, just pure experience will suffice.

5. Following your heart's desires make you genuinely happy.
      Do what you love. And that's the reason I'm doing this now. I love blogging. I love posing for pictures. And I'm beyond happy doing this. Although sometimes I spend hours in front of the laptop, wanting to write and share something on my blog but my mind just can't spill out good ideas to blog about. Well there's nothing to worry about, that happens when my mind is not in the condition to think and during the times when I'm sad. :P

6. Keep your heart open.
   No matter how many heartaches and heartbreaks you've gone through, instead of being numb, keep your heart open. You know, loving is always a good idea.

7. Value what and who you have right now.
      Happiness comes from contentment. Treasure the things that you have right now. Think of those people who are less fortunate than you, you have more than what they have and that's to be thankful for. Value those people who has always been with you through it all. To my mama, papa, sisters, relatives, true friends and boyfriend, if you're reading this, I just want to express my sincerest love for you! :* Here are some of the lines from Meghan Trainor's "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" that made a big impact on me.
In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know

Let's take our time
To say what we want
Use what we got
Before it's all gone
'Cause no, we're not promised tomorrow

8. Life isn't a smooth sea.
     Life may be unpredictable. You just gotta go with the flow and have faith. 

9. Live, travel and don't be sorry!
    Travelling and being with nature only proves how amazing God's work is. Everytime I travel, there's this one sentence that pops in my head, and that is -- This is living!!

10. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody will.
      Confidence is one of the important traits to get through this harsh yet wonderful life. Know that something inside you is greater and bigger than any other challenges. Remember, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

11. Ditch the negativities.
       Turn a negative situation into a positive one. Stay away from pessimistic people! The quote "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement." sums it all up.

12. Know the difference between temporal and and eternal things.
       Life is too short to be attached to the temporary things in this temporary world. I believe it is best to invest on eternal things, because there is eternal life after this temporary life. ♥

13. Money isn't the most significant thing in this world.
      Although sometimes money can buy happiness-- through travels and adventures, it still isn't the most important thing in this world we live in. There are so much more than having million bucks in your bank account. And family, love and compassion are some of those.

14. Everything happens for a reason.
      As cliche as it sounds, everything happens for a reason. Even though we may not like what happened, keep your heads up and believe that God is doing something good in your life.

15. Your future is as bright as your faith.
      Faith guides you through life's ups and downs. Let's not worry about tomorrow, instead pray about everything and let your faith be bigger than your fears!

16. Dogs are the best companions.
       As a dog lover, I consider my dogs part of our family. Aside from being stress relievers, they love you more than they love themselves. The best pets eveeeerrr, I swear! I ♥ you George, Pilomena, Fluffy, Smouldy, Otso, Polar, Panda, Twinkle, Rainy and Ming Biao!

17. Pride ruins everything.
       Being in a long term relationship with my boyfriend, this one's proven and tested. Ending the day without being okay is just too painful. That's why it's important to settle everything as soon as possible and start living a humble life.

18. Your awards and recognition in high school don't matter in college.
        You'll survive college if you're hardworking. Being smart alone is not enough. 

19. Accountancy isn't about being good at math, lol.
     I used to remember the high school days, graduating days to be more specific, where my classmates and I were asking each other the course/s we would like to take up. And I was pretty consistent and confident saying "Accountancy" since I love math. It's a common misconception that Accountancy students are expert at math. But I guess not all, calculators are always our companion, we use it even on the simplest mathematical operations. Some may think I'm shallow for writing this, but nooo! Recently, I've realized that maybe I made the wrong choice in taking up this course because most of the time  sometimes, I'm not loving what I'm doing. To be honest, there are times that I just want to shift course, but thinking how far I am now and how much time, money and effort I've exerted, I decided to finish what I've started.

Those are the 19 things I've learned from life. God knows I'm beyond thankful to Him for giving me another wonderful year! Here's to more amazing life experiences! x

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  1. This is such a cute post! I hope you had an amazing birthday.

    xo, Meera | www.momentswithmeera.com