I'm turning seventeen on the first day of August. Yikes. I'm a year older, again, but still I'm cute and not looking older than my physiological age. Double yikes! In my seventeen years of existence, I learned something more about LIFE:
When I was younger, say, my pre-adolescent age, I used to taunt and give rude remarks to my classmates whenever they recite in the class. Usually, it goes like this, "Yucks, it's pronounced as this, not that etc., or hey! check your grammar please". Honestly, I didn't realize that I'm hurting my classmates feeling and the effect was quite catastrophic - it lessens their self-esteem and their reputation becomes lower. Also, they become pessimists. Needless to say, it's quite obvious to think that during my graduation, I didn't receive any awards in the Deportment section. Nice one. Nevertheless, I was once an immature brat, as if everything that came from me was a right thing to do.
Second, I learned to be more happy about what's happening around me and also I learned to be more optimistic. I tell you. Being optimistic helps you a LOT. I practiced to be like this and it really helps, mind you. If you're a pessimist, then, you'll not survive the complexities of the world. I used to be a moody person, well up to now. I can't really avoid it though especially if I'm overstressed with my academic life. UP kasi 'tol!
I learned to be more friendly. Aside from food, I used to be picky when it comes on choosing your friends. In life, you need them. If you have no friends at all - you're DEAD! Basically, if I didn't feel him/her to be my friend, I just ignore him/her. But today, in college, it's a totally different thing! I mean you must possess the Filipino trait, which is Pakisama to others. I felt secured and I felt more happy when I had lots of friends here in my school.
Basically, growing up is the hardest part of a teenager's life. Somehow, mistakes are meant to be learned. In life, different transitional processes don't occur in just a single snap. You need to be patient, disciplined, and persevered to do the transitions of maturity. Being mature is not an easy task to do with. You have to deal with different kinds of attitudes in school, work and also you have to deal with the fast-paced LIFE. I can't tell that I'm already matured, but I am confident that I'm in the stage of going through with MATURITY.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME - after 6 days pa!