Since 2007, my birthday has been life lectures more than actual celebrations. I always attempt to drown it out with loud music and booze, but for some reason, life always manages to feed me its bitter (but very useful) pill, filled with substances that activate me to finally grow up.
This year, I thought if I make my celebration low key, life’s whipping would go weak on me. No party, no friends, just me and some after-concert coffee. But like an unwelcome guest, life still persistently joined me — all month long.
So I figured, if life won’t leave me alone. Might as well, I ask for fabulous birthday gifts. And so far, here they are:
1. I don’t know everything and I’m not always right. I’ve been told by a dear friend, “Hindi ka na fun kausap. You always think you’re right. Di ka nakikinig.” True to form, I did not listen to him at that time. I used to think that if you believe in something, you fight for it, in any way you can. But now, I discovered that strength also comes in the form of humility.