A Bit Like the Upside Down

Then & Now

Before the online world, it wasn’t like this. We take photos, have the film developed, and then store them in photo albums. When friends, family, or visitors drop by, we show them the albums and reminisce about those days. There were no concepts of likes and hearts. People just went through the albums, commenting at times and just browsing through others. We just showed our pictures to a limited number of people. 

Now in this world of instant everything, we post photos as soon as they are taken, for everyone to see. I guess that’s where people started having issues about how those who project the archetype of the “Online Cool Girl” (or Boy) can be shallow or pretentious because not everybody can maintain that. Reality also means responsibilities, adulting, and not always picture-perfect days. Thus, when others always seem to see a curated gallery of someone, they would either appreciate it or feel a bit inadequate and annoyed at that other or perhaps feel both. Not everybody would admit to the latter though. 

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Two Sides of The Coin

I think some people do want to maintain a gallery to showcase a better part of their lifestyle, some to gain approval or recognition, some to create an [online] album of their memories (because the days of film are way past for them plus it’s more convenient), some to express their creativity and themselves, and some to be a voice that sparks a positive effect on others — and whatever reason, to each his/her own. A constant reminder though that not everyone will appreciate your reasons and that is completely normal. Knowing your reasons should give you peace enough. 

Meanwhile, those who do see these galleries of others may do well by stepping back and taking time offline if it feels too much. Find gratefulness for what we each have and stop comparing. Know that reality is not perfect for everybody else. Still, don’t focus on that aspect but rather celebrate you for you. 

20171031_172638-01Welbart Slowhands’ One Sunday Afternoon, Oil on Canvas, 2017

An Alternate Plane

The online world can be an Upside Down that we can travel to anytime. It isn’t the spooky one but an alternate plane which can be a good space for some and not for others.  But it is there and will be there. Both planes co-exist and we just have to know that whatever is happening in any of the worlds is both a part of the reality we have now. Rather than let it be a bad place for some, may it be a better platform for every self-expression. 

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Just some thoughts after I read a magazine article about people feeling bad when they see somebody else’s rather perfect world in social media. In reality though, everybody gets to experience good days and not so good ones, which just leaves each of us to decide what stories we’d tell with our art or photos or writing. 

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Little Wonders

The year bids good-bye and the new one has begun to unfold. Another year to make choices. Another year to make mistakes. Another year to grow and learn. Another year to make the most of.

Upon deep contemplation over the year, it became clear that my vision board for 2017 will be about Focus. A lot of things happened over the course of the year, truly enriching my life and person in so many levels. I stretched, bounded, and leaped, all which I believed led me to deciding that it’s now about going back to my center and from there, determine the next steps. We can be distracted by many things and lose sight of what is really important. It is vital that we do not let that happen.

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As I walk two moons

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Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins. – American Indian Proverb

I had just finished rereading Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons and it still gave me the same lingering feeling of wanting to muse over things after I turned the last page of the book. I may have written my thoughts in one of my earlier journals back then and now here I was again, scribbling on my latest journal, pouring word after word coz they kept coming out of me, sometimes faster than I could write them down.

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#BooksToRemindUs

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I have been de-cluttering the past weeks, whenever I could, as there were changes around the house brought about by minor home renovations. We had to move stuff here and there and I had to let go of things as I feel like I have so much. One of tasks was to review the books I were to keep and those I were to donate. I had done this a year ago, cutting my collection immensely but here I go again, trimming the number of books I owned. Mind you, this was not easy for me as I am a bookworm and I have always dreamed of having a library of my own. However, some things happen in life that made me realize that holding on to material things too tightly isn’t right. Hence despite the difficulty, let go, I did – little by little.

In the process of paring down, I had to pick those I really liked and one of those would be my collection of Sammy Keyes mysteries. I was debating if I were to still keep it so I decided to read them again to be reminded of why I loved this modern-day Nancy Drew. I guess apart from her witty ways, her life story was also something that at one point becomes relatable for her readers. From being left by her dad and then her mom later on to being cared for by her grandma, from being a simple girl trying to survive high school to being hated by a bully, from being a normal teen going through phases of her adolescence to being someone brilliant but with eccentric ways that not everybody will appreciate, she is that person whom we can understand especially when we see her life from her point of view.

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Tell Him all that is in your heart

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“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that he may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”

– Francis Fenelon 

To Him, who not only hears but listens. To Him, who cares selflessly and absolutely.

Two and a half years later

Tidbits II

Two and a half years – almost three, since I began working. Two jobs since then.

Positive changes.

Growth.

Grateful.

Exceeding. Exploring. Enriching.

Discovering things that bring out the best parts of me.

Trying things I have never done before. #99FirstsAndCounting

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