Creative Writing, Personal

How I Changed Over the Past Few Years

Prompt #8: How have you changed over the past few years?

How have I changed? How am I different from my 2013 self? There’s a lot, I would say. But I don’t know which one to talk about. In fact, in the past days it’s getting awkwardly funny talking about myself in detail for these blog prompts.

To make it a little easier for me, I asked a friend what she thought has changed about me in the past few years. She answered:

“I’m not sure if I didn’t know you much back then, but for me you express your principles more. You’ve become more vocal.”

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Highs and Lows

Prompt #7: List your highs and lows in the past year.

If I have to list down all the things that worked out and all the things that went wrong in the past year, it could be a blog on its own.

The past year has been constantly swinging from darkness to light like a pendulum. One moment, I am sunshine then suddenly I’m a shadow. It’s in those sunny days I remember what people say about how it’s terrifying being happy because you never know when it’s going to end. It’s a subtle fear you try to ignore, but it lingers anyway. It’s daily gripping the light because the drop leads to an abyss of anxiety and sadness.

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Countries I Want to Live In

Prompt #4: Where would you like to live one day?

Lately, I’ve been wanting to travel to more countries, so I’ve become more intent on doing research. I’ve already seen so many photos, travel itineraries, bucketlists, historical sites, and lots of interesting stories about popular countries to visit. I have only been to 2 countries (including my own), so I really have so much more to cover.

When I read this prompt, the first thought that came to me was: what countries I wanted to live in. You can actually answer this prompt by describing a dream home, or maybe just characteristics of the surroundings, like maybe the seaside or at the edge of a mountain. But since countries are always at the back of my mind, I’m listing down 3 countries I want to live in someday, maybe not permanently, but even for a few months or years at a time.

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Where do we go next?

It’s coming: the big fork in the road called graduation. The moment when the university spouts its students in a thousand directions, hoping we’ve learned just enough to find our way around the confusing alleys of careers and society. It’s surreal but exciting in a subtle way. So many things have happened that I’m sure many of us never thought life would turn out this way. We faced unexpected events and met unexpected people, too. But after getting used to the same rhythm of activities and academic requirements in the past four years, wherever life leads us would be a breath of fresh air.

Four years of being taught and turned onto our own personal axes, we are about to get out into the world and build not just society, but ourselves. We’ve only scratched the surface of adulthood and there is so much more that a 20-year old can discover in this vast and majestic globe. It’s an end of an era, yes; but real life is just about to begin. College has only been a trial, a practice test for the actual challenge. And the most important things we might ever take away from college doesn’t even include the laws and lists of scientific concepts, but the Hope that stretched us through the worst exams, the Courage that helped us step onto a platform and present three-months’ worth of work, the Spirit that kept us going even in the face of fear, and the Faith that made us believe we would ever earn a tassel or the UP student’s dream of a sablay.

There really is more to life than what we ever experienced in college. There is no regret but only contemplation of what has passed. This is merely a milestone, not the final destination. We might face greater giants and we might cower from bigger beasts of failures and defeat. But we will also meet more joys and grander victories outside the walls of our campus. The journey isn’t even half-way over and the good parts are just about to begin. Fellow graduate, goodbye for now. I hope wherever you’re going, you’re happy. And if I may ask: where are you going next?

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A first time! 💕 #vsco #vscoph #vscocam (at San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte)

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