Thursday, April 24, 2014

Midweek meanderings

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Well, technically, the median was yesterday, Wednesday. But I got caught up with personal errands. So yeah. This was what I wore last Monday, when I didn’t have to go to work. Hence the shorts.


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Come to think of it, office people should be allowed to wear decent shorts in the tropics – what, with the blazing heat and the consequent discomfort. I mean, women are allowed to wear minis, some of which are shorter than my own DIY cut-offs. But I digress…


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Say hello again to my naturally distressed canvas sneakers, worn down by wear and the weather, which have made them softer and more comfortable.


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I remember way back when I was in elementary - during those summers breaks when the family didn’t decide to take a road trip or a flight to somewhere near the beach – I would always be carrying my stuff in a backpack because I liked to sleep over either at my cousins’ or at my grandmother’s house.


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The first week would be spent at one house, then the second at another, then the third with other relatives.


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I didn’t mind packing my essentials and I didn’t miss my own bed as much. I packed light even before I heard of the term.


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Even if I only stayed with family, each week was an adventure. It was as if I wanted to pack as much as I could into my summer vacations.


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I would tag along with older cousins, do chores I normally didn’t do at home, play lots of board games.


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Am not sure I even had time to read comics or pocket books. (Rest in peace, Archie Andrews.)


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I was a wanderer who never grew bored of the things around me.


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T-shirt, U2
Cut-off shorts, DIY from Lee jeans, thrifted
Sneakers, Bass
Backpack, thrifted
Versatile cap and visor, Armani Exchange
Belt from Divisoria
Watch, Guess


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Most of all, I was eager to listen to stories. 


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Watch the lives of people unfold before my very eyes.


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All the while smiling, or keeping to my silence.


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Never once suspecting that these stories would ever become part of future writings.


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I guess that’s how I also never get that weighed down by problems.


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By keeping my distance, even before my own personal crises, I have been able to work through them.


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Quietly and patiently, just like the plot of a long novel working through a book’s pages.


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An aunt called it my good disposition.


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I would like to look at it as my perspective.


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Nothing will always seem as simple as it looks.


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But also nothing will ever be as hard as we imagine it to be.


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Of course, I am aware that this almost verges on the nihilistic.


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But I should know better.


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These shoes will show you where I’ve been.


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But only I can find out where I’m headed.


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And that is: out the door!


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Off to new adventures!


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Wherever I am, even if I’m only sitting before my desk, in front of me there will always be an open window.


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