Things To Take From 2017

I listed a few things I learned from 2017 to welcome the year 2018.I hope to bear these learnings with me throughout, and that somehow it shines upon others too.


I listed a few things (well, 18 things) I learned from 2017 to welcome the year 2018. These come first-hand, as I had been through pretty rough road in the past year. Can’t say it’s totally over, but hey, I’m still here, waking up everyday, doing what I have to. I hope to bear these learnings with me throughout, and that somehow it shines upon others too. Here goes…

  1. Change is never easy. Just learn to catch up on it and the way is never lost.
  2. Hope can be a dangerous thing. But it can also save one person from drowning. Hold on to it as long as it motivates you achieve things—from the simplest goals to your biggest dreams.
  3. Love doesn’t always come in the form of sweet words, flowers and chocolates. It prevails mostly when the relationship and each individual hit the bottom rock; when they give comfort, support, and choose to stay with each other figuring things out together like a team, no matter how shitty things could get.
  4. Depression is real. But so is faith.
  5. There will be times, days, weeks, or even months, when we feel like the universe conspire to make our lives the worst case possible. But one thing it teaches us is that there will always be a tomorrow, allowing us to heal, move on and make the situation better.
  6. When you find that you can no longer help yourself, seek one from a friend, a family member, or from anyone. Facing things on your own may teach you to become independent, but it doesn’t hurt to put your guards and pride down at some point, allowing outside perspective in. No man is an island.
  7. When we fuck up, allow ourselves to think or maybe even brood about the bad decisions we made. Never be afraid to offer apologies to the ones we have wronged or crossed with. Push ourselves to do better the next time we get the chance to make up for the mistake. Then get over it.
  8. Doesn’t it feel good when someone makes us happy? But happiness is still and will always be the best when it comes from ourselves.
  9. What we give, doesn’t always come trotting back to us. It doesn’t work that way, nor it ever will. Some of the efforts or sacrifices are possibly meant to be left suspended in the air, and some thrown out in the void without us being sure whether or not it’s been received at all. Reciprocation isn’t for the daily; at least not the way we stubbornly expected it to be.
  10. A simple smile can go a long way.
  11. Shed light to those in the dark as much as you can. Not because you expect them to do the same for you when you’re in the situation, but just because. Man it feels good.
  12. When you love someone, say it. Make them feel that way. There’s no shame in it. Seize the moment, water and grow your feelings. Life is short. Waiting for the “right time” is bullshit. Who knows? They—or you—might be completely gone by tomorrow.
  13. Nobody is perfect. But we can always be the better version of ourselves today from yesterday.
  14. Don’t bottle up emotions. When you’re happy, be free to laugh and act silly. When sad, give yourself a little time to cope, but do not get stuck in it. When angry, pause, breathe and think. Act upon your emotions, but don’t get so hung up on it.
  15. There’s always a rainbow after the rain. The sun will come shining after the storm. Cliches, but fuck yes.
  16. Always see the good in everything. If you can’t, perhaps there’s something to be learned from it instead. If not, just appreciate and never take life’s simplest pleasures and privilege for granted.
  17. People don’t come with a neon sign telling us to be cautiously gentle on them because they are going through tough times. Each person we encounter day by day are fighting battles of their own. Learn to be more patient and forgiving.
  18. LIFE is a CHOICE.

Night Sky

I may not be the sunflower that brightens your day,
but darling I pray to be the moon—luminating your night sky.

Things I Learned and a Piece of Advice

I once had a conversation with someone who loves reading and has a great potential to creative writing, but the person was so reluctant into figuring out how to enrich that talent; the same thing I had felt years before I even go out and build a blog and start publishing stuff, because the idea of not being good enough frightens me. The thought of my works not being good enough for readers scares me. And no one, I’m pretty much sure of that, no one likes rejection. Whether it be for their opinion, idea or craft.

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Blast of Laughter, Sings and Lights

Blast of laughter, sings and lights
Flashing cheers and smiles a bright
Regrets and wrongs
Fears and worries of the night
As the year pays its final bow
We bravely turn our backs from sorrow
And dance our way
Facing a year that springs anew
Like a rose kept alone
Preparing to bloom its petals
Kissed by warmth of dawn.

Nicked Smile


Pain is what makes one wrench, shiver, torment and crumple like a wasted paper. Ruining like a train wreckage; leaving one’s soul undeniably savaged. It tests endurance, whether capable of surrendering faith or withstanding the odds. But one must learn that each stolen candy and nicked gracious smile shall be renewed the next day. For the moon wavers when the dawn breaks and unselfishly gives way to morn’s brightest rays.

Danica Aquino

When a door closes, either you stay in or out

Next week is the last of summer vacation, technically for those who had real summer vacation but I for one spent it mostly in a claustrophobic room of my summer class. That’s how I’d been spending vacations in the past two years, which makes me a bit sad because I probably would never, again, enjoy vacations at its extent when I graduate and start working.

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