Avoiding the FOMO

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I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect life. All of us struggle to live and everyone has different stories and experiences to offer. We all want the same end goal and that is to be happy and contented with how we ruled our lives.

Some of us, though, are afraid to miss out on the things that truly matter. I, for one, feel that I’m being stranded on the same spot and I just watch the days go by so quickly. I try so hard to be productive and I really seek for an inspiration so that I could do something different for each and every day.

So how to avoid the FOMO (or the Fear Of Missing OUT)?

  • Avoid routine activities. When I wake up each morning I try my best not to do the same things I did yesterday. I simply hate routine activities because it causes me to follow certain tasks over and over again. Usually these kinds of days always end up on a boring and unproductive note, and by doing things differently, it gives me a drive to do something new and original. By the time I had finished these stuff, there is already a great sense of accomplishment and that’s what I truly aim for.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. What we see online can really get us feel the FOMO sometimes. We can’t help get jealous and wish on a life like theirs. But as much as I want to have those people’s lifestyles, I just try to think about the possible things they filter through the public’s eye. As what I said, there is no such thing as a perfect life. We can simply choose to hide some truths about us and make our lives better through social media.
  • Be patient and persevere more. I do not put limits on things that I know I can achieve. I mean, even if I can’t have everything right now doesn’t mean I can’t have them in the future. Great things take time and effort, and I am willing to be patient and persevere more if that’s what it would take for me to reach my goals.
  • Set up realistic goals. If you don’t want to feel a bit missed out and if you don’t want to get your hopes up, it’s important that you set your goals in a very timely manner. You must know what you’re capable of and plan your goals as to when you feel you can achieve them the most. It’s fine to have a bucket list but you can’t check them off all at once.
  • Do not rush yourself. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of time left to accomplish your goals. In order for things to happen, it will take a lot of courage and a lot of bad choices to achieve whatever you want to happen. Just enjoy and live life to the fullest. I’m sure we will all get there at God’s right time.
  • Work more, complain less. There’s no point of complaining when you don’t work hard to get it. I mean we all get tired at some points of our lives but never ever think of giving up. You’ll never know what is up at the end of the alley and so just push harder and relax and take your time if you have to. There’s no pressure to what life has to offer.
  • Appreciate what you have and be grateful. Do not worry about what you are missing out. Just say your thanks to whatever you have at the moment. I assure you if you change your focus to what you have rather than to what you’re still looking for, you’ll get surprised of how blessed you are to be able to get to where you are now.

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Dear Younger Me

I have a lot of things to tell you and although I’m not too old enough for stuff like this, still you need to be aware that you have been through a lot and I’m so proud of what you have become. You have been alive for 21 years and everything went your way and some went awry but you still managed to get up and brave the storm. You are already amazing for staying incredibly strong despite the anxieties and the worries that your mind had been through.

Even if I’m just starting my 20s, I cannot fathom how you learned all those life lessons and how you endured all those hardships and troubles. You still have a long way to go. You haven’t even started the next chapter of your life, yet you’re here still facing your nightmares and still hoping and praying for a much better life. There are really things you can’t learn without experiencing it, and it’s alright to feel dumb at first. As what I’ve mentioned, you have a long way to go and you can still right all the wrongs. You can still opt for the right path so give yourself a break.

First, I want to tell you that it’s okay to live at your own pace. You don’t have to compare to other’s achievements. You don’t have to live at other’s expectations, too. Just be yourself and be thankful for your own small steps because they are still vital for reaching the top. Just take your time and never rush because things might be slower now but you will be there at your own finish line before you even know it.

Second, do not jump into a situation you’re not ready to deal with. Because it will end so badly and you will regret it for the rest of your life. It can even destroy a relationship and if you cannot do intermediate intervention, it can also destroy and end your wonderful life. Just be thankful for the little things and never ever jump in just because it’s an open pit.

Third, do not live a life full of lies. It will creep on you like a bad habit and make you miserable for the rest of your life. Just be truthful and avoid situations that could end in dishonesty and betrayal.

Fourth, do not worship Amy Elliot Dunne because she’s not a heroine.

Fifth, learn to save your money. It will help you in your financial endeavor and can take you places you have never been. It can also aid with your anxieties and stresses because whenever you need to heal, shopping is your medicine.

Sixth, learn to notice and appreciate those people who have been by your side through the ups and downs. Also, spend more time with them because you need to be socially healthy.
Being with those people who matter is important because whenever you need a pat in the back or a shoulder to cry on, these people will be there to keep you company.

Seventh, take note of those people who are bound to break you. You might not be expecting it, but they are already stabbing you at the back. Just learn to forgive and forget but kill them with kindness and slap them with your success.

Eighth, do not stop taking pictures. Your future self will thank you a lot for snapping those photos. Also, print them as soon as possible. Pictures are cherished more when it’s tucked in a photo album than posted in a social media.

Ninth, take your parents’ advice. You would have been a good pianist if you have taken your dad’s advice and you would have been a graceful ballerina if you have taken your mom’s advice.

Tenth, sleep while you still can. As you grow older, you will be losing a lot of sleep so cherish all those nights when you can still snuggle with your pillows and blankets. If you want to reach your goals, you need to lose a lot of precious sleeping hours.

Lastly, do not put yourself in a situation that could make you uncomfortable. Put yourself first because life is too short to care about stuff that won’t even matter for the next few years. If life finally grants you what you need, grab it and do not set it free. But if it’s only meant to be temporary, then release it. You don’t need that kind of fleeting vibe in your life. Always remember that you deserve the best and if you have enough courage and patience, your future self can wait.

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Avoiding Relationship Disaster

I am happily and freely single right now. I have been embracing this life for quite some time and I can feel that it won’t be long until we cross our paths. Being involved in a serious relationship is kind of a big deal to me now since I am not looking for hook-ups and short-term goals. I am finally ready for some long-term commitments and patient compromises, which in any way, a sign of maturity.

I don’t want to be the nagging girlfriend. I will try my best to make our relationship work, although we can’t avoid any kinds of conflicts and problems that may arise. As much as possible, I want you to be closer to home because I hate long distance relationships. Its magic doesn’t work anymore because we live in a different generation. Gone are the days of handwritten letters and paid phone calls. You will be just one chat away and it’s not safe anymore. The last thing I would want now is a relationship disaster.

I want us to behave in a healthy way. I want us to be clingy but caring with each other. If we want us to work out, we’ll have to look past our differences and let them slide. I don’t want you to do ridiculous things and I don’t want you to spend all your money on me. It’s the little things that count and it’s all about the memories we will about to share. Let’s take a lot of pictures instead and make a vast wall of memories because that’s what I always wanted.

Let’s call each other day and night. Let’s often exchange ‘good morning’ and ‘goodnight’. Let’s go eat hearty food and get drunk on coffee and wine. Let us become adventurers who easily get lost on the road. Let us work our asses off. Let us grow and become independent together and not be dependent with each other.

Also, I don’t want us to build our social media empire. It’s good to post pictures from time to time but I don’t want our relationship to thrive through technology. I don’t want the public to see us kissing rather I want them to show some candid and real pictures of you and of us having the best times of our lives. I want us to exude a positive vibe and not being overly obsessed and possessive with each other.

We also have to make the time and hang out with our family and friends. You have to understand that my world doesn’t revolve around you and only you. I have to catch up with them because they are my source of support before you even came knocking into my life. And I want you to do the same. I want us to be comfortable with each other’s family and friends and if you ever feel miserable with one of them, tell me so that you will never be thrown in at the deep end.

Lastly, talk to me and be open with me. I want you to show me the ropes in your life because I don’t want to settle with someone who I only want to call my boyfriend. Shots are already fired and I just want to have someone who I can really be happy with.

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Why Adult Life Scares Me

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Now that I passed the board exam, I can’t help but think that this is finally the start of a life in the real world. I am so happy that I don’t have to study anymore and I’ll be working soon, but I can’t shake off the thought that the day will come that I’ll be living away from the comfort of our very home – in which I basically lived my life for two decades already.

Adult life scares me, heck, I don’t even want be called an adult. I love this feeling where I sleep most of the time and my mom doesn’t even care because she felt like I should be catching up on sleep and that our helper can handle things around the house on her own. But when that adult “time” comes, which is inevitable for God’s sake, I may or may not be the best adult I ought to be.

Here are 15 reasons why adult life scares me:

  1. I hate making doctor’s appointments. Because if there’s one thing I’m dependent to my mother about, it’s making doctor’s appointments and even though I’m a nurse, the doctor’s judgments freak me out all the time!
  2. Sleeping all alone in a house/apartment. Because I fear the day when I will be having my own crib without a companion. But I decided I’ll be inviting friends over so that we can share the whole house/apartment, maybe?
  3. Cleaning the bathroom/comfort room. Because I hate the idea of cleaning it.
  4. Taking out trash. Because it’s dirty and smelly and wet.
  5. Mounds of laundry. Because I love to change clothes a lot and I fear the day will come when I’ll be washing my own clothes. Also, it saps out all my energy just by looking at mountains of it.
  6. Eating fast foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Because I love cooking but cooking doesn’t love me back.
  7. Paying MY bills. Because you can’t live independently without the bills.
  8. Asking your parents for money. Because you admit defeat when you ask for it.
  9. Defective stuff. Because a leaking gasoline tank will never put you to sleep. Things like that.
  10. Attempting to fix everything. Because I just can’t fix everything.
  11. Attempts of avoiding my responsibilities. Because it will creep on me like monsters underneath my bed.
  12. Spending on things even though I don’t want to. Like taxes, maybe?
  13. Buying things that make me feel like an adult. Like hydrochloric acid and dish-washing soaps.
  14. Eating on paper plates with plastic spoons and forks. Because I hate to dish-wash.
  15. Calculating funds. Because I don’t want to spend my one month salary in one sitting.

 

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Open Letter

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It’s been two months since I graduated and it never occurred to me that my four years of college life was finally over. I relied on the fact that I was still going to see them for two months of pure review for the board examinations. Now, I’m torn between depression and anxiety because I don’t know what’s coming up next. And waiting for the Nursing Licensure Exam results are not helping either.

For the past days, I have been avoiding everything that could trigger a memory. Facebook’s not helping because it keeps bringing up the past! And as much as I love my history, I don’t like bringing up my past because all of my emotions would drown me until I’m out of breath and miserable.

I’ve been doing my best and I’m pretty smart to divert my attention to Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester. I have been praying so hard as well. Harder than I thought I can ever do. I have been asking for grace and mercy as well as strength and patience to carry all of these until something happens.

I have been strong and confident and the Lord reassured me that indeed something will happen (I asked for signs!). I knew it and I felt it. I just need to trust Him because He won’t fail us all. For now, I need to dust off the negativity and anxiety and reboot my system. I will also never forget to P.U.S.H. harder and harder. Pray Until Something Happens!

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New Year, New Me

 

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It’s already been a week since we welcomed new year. It was a bittersweet feeling for me because as much as I want to welcome 2016, it means that holidays will be over and my dad’s flying back to work. Not to mention also going back to school for the next three months. Nonetheless, 2015 was awesome. A lot of things happened in its most unexpected ways and I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to embrace it all.

Now that 2016’s here, I’ve decided to be more positive in my everyday endeavor. I believe that this is my year and I want everything to be awesome as much as possible. This year will also be the start of a new journey since I am going to graduate on April and I’m so excited to finally get out of college. I never liked college but I’ve met great friends along the way and they all matter.

Also, what I want in 2016 is to prioritize myself and run after my dreams while at the same time brushing off criticism and halting negativity that I can’t really stop from coming my way. I want to try harder not to be crushed by those dark energies and work hard until I go far in life. I know I have to keep going even though life makes it harder sometimes. I also believe that I deserve all of life’s greatness alongside my family, friends and most importantly God.

Please be good to me, 2016!

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Peace, Hope, Pray

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Merry Christmas everyone! It is that time of the year again where we get to celebrate our Lord’s birthday. This is by far my most favorite holiday because it’s when you get to see your relatives and be a whole family once again. Christmas also means peace and I hope and pray that there will be peace throughout the upcoming year which is 2016. It’s so bittersweet though because a lot of good things had happened and I am so thankful that I get to cherish all those blessings. May we continue to receive more good blessings and never ever forget to thank our God for granting all our heart’s desires. This holiday season, let’s keep the faith and hope and always pray not only for ourselves but for the rest of the world.

Again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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Find No Doubt

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When I need something, I pour all my thoughts to it and assess if what I want will really have a purpose. And after a thousand thoughts, I ask God for it. I often ask God for something and He often gives me what I need. When I have finally obtained what I asked for, I do not forget Him because it meant that He finally trusted me with it.

I think all of us should learn how to be thankful in everything that we go through. It’s not always about asking and then forgetting. It’s about asking and returning the favor by acknowledging Him. He is truly generous provided that what you asked for is for the greater good. And when we ask, we should believe in Him. Remove the doubt because it will not result to any good. Just trust Him and He will bless you with all your heart’s desire.

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Bucket List: A Date on the Ice Skating Rink

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I have a lot of things written on my bucket list and one of those is to have a date on the ice rink. I think it’s just so magical to spend time with “the one” on a snowing December night, just skating your way through, holding each other’s hands so to keep your balance. I just think it’s a great and fun idea.

I’ve seen a lot of dates like this in movies and television shows, and I kind of find it very romantic. I would love it if my future love will do this to me. It’s one of the most epic dates ever existed and it will really sweep me off my feet. I have never in my entire life tried ice skating and I don’t know if I could still balance (I had roller blades when I was a kid). And then after skating, we could go have hot chocolate together and it would be really fun.

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Road to Success

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(Left to right) Sahara, Klarisse, Alyssa, Kim, Jo Zsa, Ma’am Retirado, Shaira, Mina, Jhong, Mariah, Me, Claudia

My life as a student nurse is a rollercoaster ride. Tears had been shed, laughs have been shared, and coffees had been spilled. But what makes this journey more fulfilling is the purpose of helping almost everybody. In my four years at WVSU, I have learned a lot of the basic and the complicated procedures. Caring for others’ well-being might be stressful but the gratitude I receive at the end of the day makes me forget about the day’s work. There’s so much more to it than just nursing.

This photo was taken on the 4th floor at West Visayas State University Medical Center. It’s where we practice and enhance our skills and where we meet a lot of sick people to nurse. This have been our 1st rotation for our last semester in college and it was a bittersweet experience while counting the days until graduation. I’m sure I’m gonna miss these people who were by my side since we started our 4th year.

Everything was tough for us. We were on the verge of breaking down to pieces every time we encounter a lot of challenges. But look where we are now. We are on our road to success. Just a few more months and we will finally receive our diplomas and walk the stage proud. I don’t want to think about it now and I know it is inevitable but as much as I want to graduate, I still can’t take it knowing that we will leave each other and go on our own separate lives.

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