Apparently I had the presence of mind to archive the entirety my old LiveJournals—the ones I’m not still using—and now I’m reading through all the entries I wrote towards the end of high school.
I don’t recognize myself. Or I guess, I should say, if we’re doing this letter-style, that I don’t recognize you. And I think that’s a good thing. It means we grew up.
Here’s a bit of news that you might find disappointing right now, Sixteen-Year-Old Me: You’re not going to get into UP. I know you saw UP as a kind of freedom of sorts; a place with less rules than Poveda, and likely less stuffiness than the other universities you applied to. Well, you didn’t make it. You went to Ateneo. But here’s the thing: You loved Ateneo. No, you loved Ateneo. You did pretty great there; you made friends, you had fun, you learned a lot, and you grew up a little bit. And you’ll find that life will do this to you quite often. Life will, on occasion, disappoint you. Life is going to take a good, hard look at your plans and just say “Nope!” and take you in another direction. You won’t always get what you want, even the things you really, really want. But, more often than not, what you do get instead will turn out better than you expected. Try to remind yourself of that whenever something doesn’t go your way. It’ll be hard to believe, especially when you’re wallowing in negativity, but there’s a big chance that it will end up being true if you give it enough time.
I WANNA HUG YOU RIGHT NOW SERIOUSLY REGINA!
In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”
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