Half of the year is over. If you think it went too fast, I say it’s just about right. It’s been an eventful ride.
You may have read about THE pox. The rollercoaster of emotions involving my one true love: reading books. I also climbed Mt. Batulao. Helped in a bay cleanup in celebration of Earth Day. Went to Hongkong with friends. Watched a live improv show which stirred my theater performer tendencies. I also passively took part in a monthly office project which enforced the Mackenzie McHale in me [I love the adrenaline rush – I’m that easy]. AND PLENTY MORE INTERESTING, HEARTWARMING, DEPRESSING, SHOCKING, MOSTLY FUNNY EVENTS:
If there’s one thing I want to leave, it’s the growing rumor especially in my family that I am not single anymore. I guess it’s because of some Facebook photos, and hunches — which when passed on to others became varying versions of the “truth”. While I appreciate people looking out for me, or curious about what’s happening to me, I just laugh at them instead of defensively parrying questions one by one. Some people imply it, some are blunt enough to drop names, and very recently, one was opinionated enough to let me know there’s something uncomfortable in “going out with someone prettier than me”. Wow. Gah. I understand where said person was coming from [uhm, I tried]. See, the guy in question is your usual dapper and dandy type, and yeah, I probably look like a taong grasa beside him. LOL. Anyway, there’s nothing to it. We were in several pictures together in and out of the office, we always talk, and maybe to a degree, I like being with him because he’s filling the gap left by someone who was with me for a while [still not a romantic partner, mind you]. There were also other men I decently posed with in several events, and I said, parrying the matchmaking attempts is futile. I bet if I posed beside a giant balete tree, they will still start speculations. In some twisted way, I appreciate their endless support to see me be happy with someone. This, not knowing that serious, major romantic developments unfold in my life without people knowing. It’s not that I’m not proud of it, it’s just that my innate introversion comes alive because I take my relationships seriously. [Take that LOLWHUT face out, please.]
Speaking of major developments, one of the best parts of the first half of the year is seeing one of my bestfriends N get married. It was a very intimate event where all of us had roles. I haven’t cried in a wedding before that event. It’s a very significant milestone for all of us. No one’s going to follow suit soon, that I’m sure.
One of my bestfriends M [we’re six in the group, okay, haha] paved the way for me to fulfill one of my dreams: read to schoolkids and share my love for books [and learning in general]. We did it on my birthday which made it doubly special. M, during her spare time, organizes reading programs targeting far flung public schools in our hometown of Imus [with the help of our other bestfriend L as photographer]. It’s not big in magnitude but what makes me so proud about doing it with her is that we did everything ourselves, sans huge tarpaulins, VIP speakers, commercial donations. We may not have given a lot, but I know we made a difference even just for a day. I promised I will do it with her again soon.
One of my college friends T also gave me a chance to speak in front of university students [her students, pursuing the same major as ours] and speak about my life after graduation. It made me look back and assess where I am now. Not bad, I thought. Not bad. More importantly, after that visit to our mother college, it made me realize it’s important to give back.
One of the ways I gave back is by helping once again my book club to mount a fundraiser so we can assist UP students in need. With our busy schedules, a movie screening is our tested project to generate scholarship funds. Planning started a bit late for us so we took IRON MAN 3 off the table. We were left with STAR TREK and FAST & FURIOUS 6; “sellability” and planning time considered, we chose the latter. Long story short, we were able to assist six students this semester. We’re looking at CATCHING FIRE this November to carry them through the next semester. Let’s see. Most of you, my readers, are my ticket buyers, too. Yes, I know! And I’m forever grateful.
My job is still the same but I can say I’m happier now after the workspace reorganization. Live action and constant chatter and activity did good to me. I tried venturing out once more but was again turned down. It’s cool, it’s fine. I didn’t lose anything.
If anything, I even learned a lot by not moving out. The past months had me digesting legalese after legalese, I swear I could work for the international tax division when there’s a chance. I love the “senior” roles thrown my way, too. So far, so good.
I also started going out with some of my foreigner-colleagues for lunch and some night-time activities. It’s been fun. I hope they feel the same, though I haven’t felt anything at all to make me feel otherwise. I don’t know why I, or many of us local employees, haven’t done – or stopped doing – this. I am learning a lot. Sometimes I may look creepy just listening in but I like it more. I speak when I want to. WE’RE BUILDING BRIDGES! [There’s a not-so private joke about this in the office complete with a funky dance move.]
I started football training for my workout. I don’t know yet if I’m going to continue but the Saturdays when I played, I really felt energized. Oddly, two of my vampyre disease attacks occurred during outdoor football events [February and May]. Maybe I’m made for indoor football. Should I start learning futsal instead?
Oh, many more things happened from January to June. That’s how fruitful it was. They all made me very excited for the second half of the year.
What about you, what happened to you in the past six months???