I didn’t quite to do much over the past week and my Friday Five so I’m able to tick off only number 3 and 5 from last week’s list. As that is the case, this week’s Friday Five stays pretty much the same with a tweak or two.
5. Go back to my Art Journal Every Day entries this weekend and hopefully do some journaling. There just hasn’t been enough time and energy to give into art journaling lately but I am hopeful that I will manage a post or two this weekend.
Like most people, I associate the term “growing up” with being a child or being childlike and moving into adulthood. But if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, we are constantly going through that process even in full adulthood. There are always new truths that reveal themselves to us that bring us to a more mature plane. And as the years go by, we tend to forget the pains of going through the transformation from childhood to adulthood which is easier for some, and not quite as easy for others.
This previous weekend, I spent a good amount of time with a niece who I first met 14 years ago as a very quiet and shy girl. She has blossomed into a comely young lady and is getting ready to enter college. I can’t help but marvel at her transformation through the years. She is suddenly all grown up and almost a full adult — and at the threshhold of a very important transition into a new world.
It’s a very exciting and scary time — having come from a very sheltered upbringing and being in an all-girl’s school and now entering a coed university. Just like I did many years ago. You worry about how you will do.. will you enjoy your new world… how will you fare.. how do you stop being so self-conscious in the company of the opposite sex.. So many questions and the clock is ticking to the first day of school.
I told her she’ll be fine. My college years were a very enjoyable period for me — not without the drama and the growing pains that life is generally peppered with — but you take both the good and the bad. And as it is with most things, it takes making it to the end of the journey for us to see we didn’t do so bad after all — or that all the sacrifices, conservative / strict parents included, will serve a purpose in our adult life later on.
For some, making new friends or surviving in a room full of strangers is second nature. I would normally stay quiet, observe, and speak when spoken to, or strike a conversation with the person next to me. But I was never wont to take center stage. (I usually did that much later. HA!) I remember it was difficult for me to get comfortable with my male classmates but when you see them day in and day out, they become your buddies. In fact by my second year in college, I was the only girl in a group of around 6 boys who all loved to drink the afternoon away, but who would be gentlemanly enough to order me my soda for each round of beer they had brought to the table.
Because they all drove, even if they were in another part of the campus, they would come back for me at lunch time so we could have authentic Chinese food at the original “Estero” in Binondo. That or we would descend upon a favorite Chinese restaurant near Roxas Boulevard.
The business side of going to the university was also very different from high school. It was the same that it wasn’t. Everything seemed to be a foot or two deeper, and in many ways more complicated and profound, hence, a little harder. But that was the whole thing about being in college — to learn more and to actually acquire the knowledge needed to hone your abilities and skill sets.
Talking to my niece made me go back to how terrifying that phase was at times. It wasn’t always
On the way to work, a “bus mate” got on the bus from his usual stop and I couldn’t help but take a hard look at his face because he seemed to be so angry at the world. My seatmate who is a neighbor couldn’t help but notice, too, and she made a funny comment about how he looked so angry so early in the morning. We were speaking in the vernacular, and I whispered to her the young man was Filipino, too. But he did look so angry. Or maybe he was just having a bad morning. Then I thought I have bad mornings, too, but I try to smile, or I try to get out of that rut early in the morning to make it easier to carry during the day.
That can make such a big difference when things aren’t working out as you were hoping they would.
I told my friend that back when I was in grade school, my family lived on the San Juan side just beyond Greenhills, and I went to school in St. Paul College of Pasig. Every morning, I made sure that by the time the car crossed EDSA, I would look towards the traffic coming from the south and smile. I’d hold that smile until I got off the car. Back then it was more for the wrinkles I was trying to prevent, and so that I could start afresh before I started my day in school.
Smile. As they used to say, it’s free — it doesn’t cost a pretty penny.
Here’s a new Friday Five. So last week I got some done — and that wasn’t bad at all. This week will be a little different because we’re driving to Washington DC with some cousins from Manila to see other cousins there and visit the nation’s capital. Still, there are things that need to be put on the list.
1. Write G. And maybe C.. As those who read regularly probably know by now, I’m one of the few trying to keep the post office relevant and in business in this day and age of electronic this and that. I’m trying to write regularly and have finally sent out the letter to L. I am getting there!
2. Re-list at least 2 items in the shop. . (Won’t have time to finish a piece but can certainly relist.)
3. Wire wrap crochet undrilled gemstone nuggets.. This I intend to do on the road as I’ve been able to do it on the bus, with my crochet hook and wire on hand. I can save the actual wrapping for later.
4. Write a post over at GothamChick. That blog has been languishing the last couple of weeks with nary a peep from me. And not for lack of anything creative to do!
5. Send postcards home to Angelo from the trip. This is how I’ve been documenting our travels through the years, and while this is our nth visit to DC, there are always postcards to send and new things to write.
Hope you’re having a good Friday wherever you are — here’s to a great weekend for us all.
I can literally run out of the office this minute but I thought I’d take a moment to share some snapshots I uploaded on Instagram today — just for those who are not on Instagram or following me there as Gotham Chick. (Hint, hint!)
I looked out into a gloomy sky this morning and this is the view that greeted me.
I was almost giving up on a sunny day but lo and behold, even before I could upload the picture, the sun came out in full splendor and it’s sooooo hot outside. Picture this: Manila is currently at 82 degrees — and New York is at 75! Ta-dah!!!
So to celebrate, I’m sharing some macro shots of some glorious flowers that have been sitting in my iPhone. It’s such a lovely day we have to share this: