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It is a mystery why we fall in love. It is a mystery how it happens. It is a mystery when it comes. It is a mystery why some loves grow, and it is a mystery why some loves fail. You can analyze this mystery and look for reasons and causes, but you will never do any more than take the life out of the experience.
Love is more than the sum of the interests and attractions and commonalities that two people share. And just as life itself is a gift that comes and goes in its time, the coming of love must be taken as an unfathomable gift that cannot be questioned in its ways.
You need to treat what love brings you with kindness. If you find yourself in love with someone who does not love you, be gentle with yourself. There is nothing wrong with you. Love just didn’t choose to rest in the other person’s heart.
If you find someone else in love with you toward whom you feel no love, feel honored that love came and called at your door, but gently refuse the gift you cannot return. Do not take advantage; do not cause pain. How you deal with love is how love will deal with you, and all our hearts feel the same pains and joys, even if our lives and ways are very different.
If you fall in love with another who falls in love with you, and then love chooses to leave, do not try to reclaim it or to assess blame. Let it go. There is a reason and there is a meaning. You will know it in time, but time itself will choose the moment.
Remember this and keep it in your heart. You don’t choose love. Love chooses you. All you can really do is accept it for all its mystery when it comes into your life. Feel the way it fills you to overflowing, then reach out and give it away. Give it back to the person who brought it to you. Give it to others who seem poor in spirit. Give it to the world around you in any way you can.
Love has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons for coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it or reason it into staying. If it chooses to leave your heart or the heart of your lover, there is nothing you can do and nothing you should do. Be glad that it came to live for a moment in your life. If you keep your heart open, it will surely come again.
- Kent Nerbern
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It would be the awesomest thing in my lj history if you could drop by my exhibit, a collaboration with the wonderful Yvette Tan actually, on February 11 at Pablo X along Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati. This is a big deal for me, took quite a lot of courage actually. First, the whole task of telling myself, you have to be more proactive in terms of work for 2012, Wiji. Second, the decision to actually put out the actual paintings out there cos..well I'm shy like that, teehee. :p I've surrounded by amazing, talented, artistic friends, most of whom either come from really artsy families or well, actually studied art, design, illustration, and/or painting. Me, I'm a political science graduate. Hehe. So thing is, I've always been sort of shy about my works (I know, despite the fact that I'm not really the shyest person you'll ever meet, quite the opposite). I always lacked confidence in this aspect. So anyway, I finally tried to find those theoretic balls and instantly messaged the owners of the gallery--just so there'll be no backing out on my part. Third, asking Yvette to collaborate with me. Yvette is an award-winning writer, and a very busy one at that. Would she have time for this? How do we go about this? A writer and an illustrator for an exhibit? How does that go? But anyway, we finally met up and ironed (sort of) all the details we needed to tackle and well, the rest will be history after the opening of the exhibit. :)
So, I really hope you do go, pass by, say hello.
Ahh...truth is, nowhere is as beautiful as anywhere where you're with people you love. It's as simple as that. :)
Like most year-ends and January ones, I try to stop and be quiet and think about things, bigger realizations and all that. This year I didn't have big realizations; I must've overthought things the past few years. I was searching my brain for big lessons, the morale of the year, but nothing big came up. It's not that I didn't learn anything (and there are quite a few memorable experiences to take note of, I must say), but maybe it's just...I think last year I promised myself to just go with the flow. To try new things but not pressure myself into them if they don't feel right. To meet new people and be friends with them but not expect anything in return. And the outcome of that is...satisfaction. And gratitude, nonetheless. Maybe that's it, I didn't have so much expectations from 2011, just lived it day by day and fluidly at that and I came out of it calm, relatively well rested and happy. There were ups, definitely, like those trips I made with friends and the manfriend, and the surf trips, oh the surf trips, and friends getting engaged! There were downs as well but this year I think I managed not to be too rash with my decisions like my previous self would have. But anyway, thank you for being part of my 2011, I hope to see more of you in the coming years.
The last few days of the year were awesome and I thank the universe, the sun, sand, water, the earth. I got to have dinner with perchance and Irene and it is such a comfort talking to people who knew me since high school. Fuzzy lovely blankets in human form that's what they are. When I'm with them I feel like...this might sound weird, but, in highschool there were something about the comfort of rainy nights in front of the tv, Dawson's Creek on, me wrapped in my favorite blanket and sipping on hot cocoa. I hope you get what I mean. :p
Then paperdull randomly decided to visit me in La Union and so I took her to the beach where we met up with my other friends and I finally got to surf again (oh man I wish we could all go surfing together!) and it was lovely! It was this spot with a river that opens out to the sea and I saw a teepee looking thing! At the end of the session I saw light at the end of the horizon, literally. And then we went to another beach and ate and watched the sky turn pink then orange then dark blue.
So, 2012, you and I will be bestfriends. Ok? :) Here's to more fun times, adventures, romances, good food, travel, more money and world peace in 2012!
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Ok, there's a gig over at Cubao X tonight and it's for free! DJ Reuben of Ladytron is playing. Hope to see some, if not all, of you there. :)
Also, I finally got that Incubus album and it's on repeat. But I sneak in some songs from the Drive OST because did I mention I loved it? Haha.
I've been doing/listening/watching/looking at things I love on repeat lately. I've been staring at photos of my new favorite flickr contact, and I want to share some with you.
So I made a highschool mixtape(yes, my favorites from freshman to senior year..mostly stuff from '96 cos that was definitely a good year for music)! I decided not to put in the track list here and I want you to download it, listen to it without looking at the tracks either, ok? :) Look away, do your thing and reminisce! Ang saya ng feeling ng 'uy! I know that song!' and immediately you remember what you were doing when you first or last heard that...was it intrams, or where you swapping literal mixtapes (cassette baby!) with your friends? Haha! Oh memories. Hmm, that is, of course, if we are more or less in the same batch. My age showing in 5, 4, 3, 2....
I made a couple more for you guys but in the meantime, I think I'm pretty much stuck to this one. It was so hard trimming down which ones to put, though. So maybe I'll make another one sometime soon. Let's see.
This one's most especially for you perchance! Haha! Good times! :) Back to work!