Twenty-six for 26

Important Things

  1. A passport
  2. A driver’s license
  3. Being able to admit you made a mistake, then moving on with your life.
  4. Understanding that not everyone is a child molester. Oprah could be wrong.
  5. Buying stuff is overrated
  6. Beg, borrow, or steal. Actually, don’t steal. But beg and borrow, and you could make a new friend or two. If it doesn’t work out, at least you have their copy of Summer Blonde
  7. Someone once told me that you start to deteriorate (physically and emotionally) and your whole life starts to catch up with you at 27. I’m not sure what that means, but maybe I’ll know at 27. Maybe she was wrong. There’s always that possibility.
  8. There is always that possibility! Also, average life expectancy has been raised to 85 in developed countries. The Philippines is no developed country, but there are tons of rich fucks out there who make like it is. Maybe it’s not so bad if it allows you to enjoy a few more years on earth.
  9. On this morning in 2009, I received a text that an acquaintance had been shot in his own home. There is always that possibility. After you realize this, 85 is just a number.
  10. Constantly worrying about money will make you feel poor.
  11. Buying stocks adds up to more paper. I don’t know…people are entitled to their own happiness, but really? Stocks?
  12. That said, I shouldn’t judge people for what makes them happy as long as they’re completely honest with themselves. But even this takes time to figure out–the whole honesty part, I mean!
  13. You can’t get arrested for dancing in public.
  14. Middle eastern dudes like dancing in public, and this could lead to a potentially awkward situation.
  15. Writing things down is actually more fun than taking pictures. …except for people who don’t write.
  16. There are people who will never ever make anything. There are people with absolutely zero drive to do anything creative with or in their lives. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is however infinitely disappointing.
  17. You are entitled to your vapid moments.
  18. Get lots of sleep!
  19. Also, drink lots of water.  It turns your insides to pure mother of pearl.
  20. It’s usually a toss-up between being right and being kind. Now that you’re a teacher, you will find yourself leaning more towards being right, but even that fluctuates.
  21. Don’t ever take credit for someone else’s work. Ever!
  22. You need to go back to Tokyo!
  23. You need to go back to Chicago!
  24. You need to see Portugal, just because!
  25. You do not need another pair of shoes!
  26. A job that you can feel enthusiastic about doing.
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Author: alicesarmiento

San Juan, Metro Manila

2 thoughts on “Twenty-six for 26”

  1. hear, hear on number 1 & 2 (all of them ring true, but im commenting on my favorites)
    #10 is something my mom always told me
    haha on #15.

    happy birthday, i don’t know how i landed here but i’m happy i found your blog.

    love,

    -e*

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