For the past years, I have been relentlessly praying for your happiness. During the first five years, I prayed that I have the strength to keep you happy – so when you left, I thought maybe I just was not enough anymore. After that, I prayed even harder, still for your happiness. I did so because I knew I could no longer control it. Inaasa ko na lang sa universe na sumaya ka, or aasa ako sa ibang tao para pasayahin ka. It sucked like hell, knowing that another person will now be the reason for that awesome smile on your face. I thought to myself, “sige na, masaya siya eh. Tanggap na lang ng tanggap, as long as she ends up happy.” The first time I saw you smile because of ***** was the first time I really let you go, because I knew that smile. The one you always had whenever you were with me. At the expense of our friendship, I let you be with this person. Ni ‘ha,’ ni ‘ho,’ WALA. Pero sige, I would always tell myself, MASAYA KA EH. After that episode of your life ended, of course I still wanted you to be happy, even if it STILL did not include me. So the next one came, during the crucial moments of your so-called growing up phase. From the jump ball, I knew it was not a good idea. But again, kung ikasasaya mo eh di sige susuportahan kita. Langya, para san pa at nagging best friend mo ako, di ba? And now that it’s established that the two of you cannot be together, you ask me why not. Of course I answer with the truth, as I always do with you. One, hindi ka niya gusto. Two, lalung-lalo naman na hindi ka niya mahal. Three, ginamit ka lang niya, at nagpagamit ka naman. But the one that got you is when I said, ”di kasi niya kayang tiisin ugali mo,” which is partly true. I know only a few people who can do that, honestly. So don’t be so emotional. I meant it in the most constructive and truthful way possible. Kung sumama man ang loob mo, I’m sorry, pero yun ang nakikita kong totoo. Ask yourself why you are affected by the last statement. Is it because it’s true? Or is it because I was the one who said it? Or is it because of the two? Or maybe another reason? As for the near future, ewan ko na, dude. I cannot and will not do anything as long as you have issues, you know that. Unless you ask for help with them. And for now, I think it’s about freaking time that I pray for my own happiness. Maye this time, I won’t be so concerned about yours so much. Just maybe.
Since the beginning of my college basketball career, I’ve always been the Shooting Guard. I may not have always been the starting SG, but over the years I worked hard and earned the spot. Practice and advise got me far, as well as the experiences that came with it. So here, I am going to share a few points, for everyone who is aspiring to be one of the best shooters out there. Also, these points can be applied in real life situations, if you know what I mean. 😉 Most of the things I will share here, I learned from my Coach and from my teammates.
First, if you are the assigned SG, don’t be hesitant to take a shot. Especially if it is within your range and it is an open one. “Sino ba naman sa teammates mo ang gustong mag-miss ka?” is what my Coach will always say. PAG LIBRE, TIRA! “Mas magagalit ako sa ‘yo kung alam kong kaya mo pero wala kang ginawa. Trabaho mo yan eh,” was a usual line you would hear in our huddles.
If not open, pass or dribble your way out. You cannot be going around forcing shots. It is counter-productive, and has minimal chance of success. Most of all, sayang efforts ng lahat ng teammates mo na bumaba sa opensa. Badtrip yun.
Kung libre pero hindi mo range, LAPIT. You can also fake a shot, fake a dribble, or fake a pass. Be creative. You’ll find a good shot sooner or later.
If the defense is that good (double team na, wala ka na talagang magawa), pass. Look for the open man. He may have a better shot and a better chance of success. Minsan talaga, matindi dumepensa eh. Let it go.
Be aware of the time remaining and foul situation, ALWAYS. Penalty na ba? Ilang seconds pa sa shot clock natin? Listen to the bench. Often, they shout out how many seconds remain on the shot clock. That’s what teammates are for. They mean well, so I repeat, LISTEN TO THEM.
Most importantly, if may bantay, wag ipilit. Mahaba pa game, mahaba pa life. Bawi na lang sa next defensive sequence. Maybe that shot in that particular offensive sequence is not really for you. It maybe meant for others. Move on. Your shot will come. And when it does, at the right moment, there is no greater feeling. Just keep working.
This is exactly how I feel.
Even though we broke up, it doesn’t mean I love you any less. Things change, people change. But I will always love you
Even though we broke up, it doesn’t mean I don’t think about you or want to talk to you. You were my best friend and although you may think this is easier for me, it isn’t and right now you seem irreplaceable.
Even though we broke up, I still want you in my life. As selfish as it may be, you are one of the only people that truly understands me for me and it hurts to think you will no longer be a part of my life in the same capacity.
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Passing marks, at least.
1. Enough good friends around you that you a) have other people to spend your time with when you want to see people you care about and b) have a support system, should this relationship ever go south.
2. The comfort with your appearance to be naked, makeup-free, and completely casual without feeling like you want to peel your skin off every time your significant other sees you in your natural state.
3. Experience with people you definitely did not want to end up with, so that you know what it looks like much more clearly when someone is treating you well and making you feel good about yourself. (And you can turn away the losers before you waste any real time with them.)
4. The ability to meet, interact with, and impress (within reason) someone’s parents when the time comes.
5. Enough financial stability that you are not going…
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Number 2. HAHA. Right between the eyes.
1. Comparing yourself to other people’s bodies in bathing suits this summer. It’s all about how you feel in your own skin, and staring at other people’s flat stomachs or dimpled thighs is only going to make you feel like more of a crappy, shallow person.
2. Listening to one friend talk shit about another friend, especially when you absolutely don’t agree with what is being said. You don’t owe anyone your complicity in their gossip.
3. Thinking about what other people are going to be wearing for an event when you already know what you want to wear and are only concerned that you might not look as cool as everyone else. (Spoiler alert: You’ll never look as cool as everyone else.)
4. Watching reality shows where the entire purpose is having women degrade each other for public spectacle.
5. Obsessing over how much something costs when you know…
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