I don’t want to damper anyone’s mood or to sound like a Negative Nancy (if your name really is Nancy, my apologies) or anything, but yesterday was a significantly upsetting day for me. As I mentioned in my previous post, last Saturday was my first time going home to my hometown after a month of staying in University. As usual, my parents prepared all of my favorite dishes and my sister baked extremely delicious desserts (cough, white chocolate cream cheese Oreo fudge, cough). It was really, really, really great. I mean, I was reunited with the people (and the bed) I love, and I finally slept for more than eight hours! However, yesterday, I visited one of my relatives and well, to put it crudely, talking to her made me feel like a really shitty person.
Basically, she brought up a number of things that really upset me and made me think very poorly of myself. Which is something I’ve been trying to work on ever since I started college.
While I was entertaining some
borderline self-loathing pretty self-depreciating thoughts, The Miranda Sings Award (created by the wonderful Claudia) suddenly came to mind. It was then I realized that this was exactly what I needed: positivity and bucketfuls of self-love. With all that said, thank you very much to my inconceivably awesome friend from aVeryAwkwardBlog for nominating me to do this! (P.S. I also grabbed the award banner from his blog, whoops.)
Again, I’ll be honest. I don’t know who Miranda Sings actually is (please refrain from chucking your food, beverages and laptops at me out of disbelief and outrage) but I’ll definitely look her up after I finish typing up this post. I promise. I even swear bear.
For the Miranda Sings Award, here are the rules:
(1) Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
(2) Include the featured image on your blog post.
(3) Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
(4) List seven (7) things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
(5) Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)
This photo was actually taken way back before my sophomore year. I’m pretty sure I haven’t matured since.
One. My long legs are my favorite physical assets. I’ve always been told that while my sisters take mainly after my father, I, on the other hand, am a strange mix of both my mom and dad, with a slight inclination towards the latter. 40/60, if you will. Having said that, face-wise, I don’t look much like my mother (who is, to date, one of the most stunning women I know), which is why I’m really glad I inherited her great, shapely legs. (Good job, genes!!!) This is slightly advantageous as I enjoy wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses.
Oh and, you know, modeling opportunities – just kidding!
Two. My relatively fast metabolism complements my constant, giant appetite. If you ask any of my friends, they’ll immediately agree that I am quite the big eater (or “matakaw” in Filipino), especially in terms of rice servings. Mang Inasal and other food establishments that offer unlimited rice portions are my nirvana. Additionally, I’m self-diagnosed with stress eating –- a serious medical condition faced by almost all college students. It’s really convenient that I can typically eat as much as I want without worrying about gaining unwanted weight.
Three. My sense of humor pretty much consists of 40% dirty jokes, 40% sexual innuendos and 20% other funny things. I’m not ashamed to admit (or even to publicly announce) that I greatly enjoy suggestive humor. All kinds, really! From the ever traditional “That’s what she said.” to the kind of humor integrated into the fairly recent Deadpool movie. I find all of them equally entertaining, and I can’t help but insert my two cents (among other things I like inserting – wink, wink) (that would have been a lot funnier if I were actually a guy) (but hey, I tried) every now and then. Plus, being green-minded always leads to very fascinating, highly amusing conversations. There’s no shame in pulling out (
if you know what I mean) sexual innuendos, provided you’re with appropriate company.
Four. I’m very friendly with an equally approachable face. While I consider myself to be both a slight introvert and a lazy bum, I do enjoy talking to people. And I like having really lengthy conversations even though they immediately tire me out right after. Conversations are simultaneously refreshing and exhausting, but by the end of the day, they’re pretty worthwhile. Whenever people approach me first (provided that they aren’t being creepy in any way) or whenever I’m given a compliment regarding how friendly I am or how easy it is to talk to me because I look so approachable, my day gets seriously brightened up! I’m talking about an approximate 500 kilowatts here.
Five. I’m generally a pretty fast reader. When given the right momentum, I can easily consume multiple novels while barely noticing my progress! Take the last two months, for example. I ended up reading 15 (more or less) books in each month despite multiple exams and a very hectic schedule.
Now if only I can write stuff in the same quick pace.
Six. It’s easy to trust me. And I don’t mean that in a “Ha! I fooled you.” kind of way, because I do believe that I’m significantly trustworthy. It deeply warms my heart whenever I notice someone is finding it easy to confide in me or to talk to me about sensitive/controversial/weird/delicate topics. And I’m not just talking about secrets and confessions and whatever. But even the most taboo, kind of controversial of things such as sex and religion and politics and the craziest of quirks. Seriously, I’m very open-minded so I’m fine with talking about pretty much anything! But I digress. My point is: there’s something inexplicably rewarding and beautifully heart-wrenching in receiving a person’s trust.
Seven. I’m currently in the best university of the country! And I’m not saying this because of statistics or because UP Diliman is Philippines’ premier, national university, which is why it’s typically regarded as the best and the brightest. Personally, I consider UP Diliman as the best there is mainly because it’s the best for me in the sense that I’ve never grown so much and so drastically before I enrolled into the university. UPD has opened my eyes to so many things and has continuously taught me that there is always a better version of myself that I can strive to become. And I don’t think I could have found this particular kind of growth or this line of thinking anywhere else. Now that I think about it, I was once asked the question (via ask.fm), “What is the best thing about being in UP?”
My response was as follows:
UP never fails to keep me humble … to the point of shattering my self-esteem so much that I view everything I say and do as mediocrity. Just kidding. Or not. Hahaha!
But really, being in UP does keep me on my toes. I’m constantly being taught that I can’t afford to be complacent. Hindi halata (it isn’t obvious), but I appreciate the difficulty here. Minsan kasi kailangan muna nating mahulog para ma-realize natin na kailangan nating bumangon. (Sometimes, we have to fall first before we realize that we need to rise up.)
And there you have it! Seven little things that I love about myself. Anyway. I’d like to nominate the following lovely people to claim this award as well (mainly because I really want to get to know all of you more.
Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts
Joan @ Fiddler Blue
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Josephine @ Josie’s Book Corner
Aria @ Aria Stuck in Wonderland
Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote
Pearl @ Bibliopearl
Gel @ Books y Gel
Imogene @ Amidst the Pages
Angelica @ Life is Reading
Karla @ Reads and Thoughts
Ashley @ What’s She Reading
Becca @ Becca and Books
Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets
Rafael @ The Polar Bear Reads
Bea @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat
Aila @ One Way Or An Author