Do you remember the days when you would rush home after school to watch cartoons, or wake up early on Saturdays to watch TV? Voltes V, The Visionaries, Thundercats, Swat Cats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jem and the Holograms, GI Joe, has nostalgia hit you yet?
I used to be quite wrapped up in myself and didn’t care much at all about other people, until I realized that that’s not how one is supposed to go through life unless being alone is what you want.
My eyes opened when I watched Never Say Never, the movie on the life of Justin Bieber. I used to make jokes about him and mock him, and after seeing what his life has been like, how hard he worked, how talented he is, I stopped making jokes and realized, this kid isn’t just some manufactured star. He started from the bottom and worked his way to where he is now.
With people you meet, people you see, every single person in this world, everyone has a story. Everyone has their own problems. Everyone has their own victories. It is unfair to see someone and immediately make an assumption of who they are, without knowing what they’ve been through. I don’t want it done to me, so I will start by not doing it to other people.
It isn’t easy, and I constantly have to remind myself that everyone is a Transformer, there is more to them than meets the eye.
A wonderful book by Robert Fulghum.
I first found out about it when my mom was in the play here in Manila years ago. And I could never find it and yesterday, Arianna surprised me by buying me the kindle version (thank you again love).
I loved it because of how it moved me. It takes you back to the lessons you learned in childhood and makes you see that life is actually THAT simple. It’s us who make it complicated. If we all followed the simple rules of kindergarten, wouldn’t the world be a much nicer place?
The book gave me the same feeling when I would read a Chicken Soup book. It’s like an autobiography in short stories, which will make you laugh and cry, and make you realize simple things that you once thought were so complicated.
If you know someone who has the book, borrow it. If you don’t, try and buy it.
Here is an excerpt from the book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life-learn some and think some and draw and paint
and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands,
and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam
cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really
knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in
the Styrofoam cup-they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word
you learned-the biggest word of all-LOOK.”
The title is somehow fitting. It’s been almost a decade since I made any sort of blog entry and it feels weird to actually write opinions and thoughts down. Mainly because most of the things in my head are so random and so weird they should never see the light of day, much less be forever accessible to the world. But a blog entry can always be deleted, and so can a blog.
Follow and read at your own risk.
You have been warned.
Now let’s see where this rabbit hole leads shall we?