5 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
I know I've been talking too much about depression and how to deal with it but with the recent events about people missing - I guess it is about time that we emphasize the importance of mental health because as what I've discussed in my previous posts, mental illness should be openly discussed to raise further awareness. A lot are experiencing depression but not everyone are properly diagnosed. Visit your trusted psychiatrist and tell him/her how you feel as he/she will and can help you cope with your depression and anxiety.
Don't worry, you are not alone. I'm here and I completely understand your struggles. If you want someone to talk to, you can always leave a message on my "contact me" section. We can have coffee and discuss what we can do with your situation.
Anyway, one of the things I've decided to do tonight is to share some of my life's memories - be it the highs and/or lows - and how I learned to surpass almost everything. I hope this will help you fight your struggles because you have to remember that God will never give you a problem that you can't solve.
1. I'm the only girl and happily the youngest in our family. Did you know that (according to my mom) I'm a miracle baby? After my third brother was born, my mom decided to undergo ligation. Surprisingly a year after, she was pregnant again with twins but sadly both died in her womb. With strong prayers, she got pregnant for the fifth time but her first few check ups didn't go well leading to a conclusion that there are complications with her pregnancy. In 1993, the Lord decided to bring me to the world and look where I am now?
2. I'm a Chinese-Filipina. It is an open secret that Chinese women are treated like second class citizens. When I was a kid, I felt like I had to fight for gender equality because I can't open myself to a lot of possibilities just because I am a woman. My parents trained me to be just like any Chinese woman who would just sit and serve for the pleasure of my future husband. Luckily, years after of rebelling against gender inequality, I was able to bring changes in our family. I was treated fairly and surprisingly I am the only child in our whole clan who was given the chance to live separately and I've always been proud of that.
3. Funny as it may seem but when I was a kid, I've always wanted to join "Little Miss Philippines" but never had the chance to. Believe it or not, I joined two pageants but I never won any - not even a single award. I was never picked as muse of any school intramurals and I was never asked to be anyone's date during my JS prom. I felt insecure because my cousins were prom queens and the other one was even a beauty queen. Years after, I never thought I'd be invited as part of santacruzan - that would probably be the closest thing about me owning a crown.
4. When I was in high school I almost got retained because I didn't study hard. I've always been a rebel student thinking that there's a need for change in our school's system. They've been grooming and paying too much attention on the A+ students whilst neglecting the others thus, never gave the others a chance to grow in their respective and preferred fields. Fortunately, I finished my secondary school with zero honors and two minor awards. My college life on the other hand, was different. It was the time when I had the opportunity to shine even more. I studied hard and almost qualified for a cum laude. I was able to represent the school in various international competitions and brought home awards for the country.
I don't mean to brag, I just want to let people know that there's a choice and chance in everything we do. Don't lose hope.
5. During the previous administration, I got a letter from Malacanang expressing their consideration for me to be part of their team. I was very ecstatic because it has always been my dream job. Believe it or not, due to unreasonable and unacceptable reasons they never called me back. It broke my heart because I've always wanted that job. I decided to start from the bottom, so I applied in my own city. With hard work and perseverance I ended up in the senate. I learned little by little that you have to start small and you'll never know what life will bring you.
These experiences are just a few of my life's experiences that groomed me to be who I am now. By telling you these, it gave me so much hope that someday I will surpass this depression and go back to who I was before - the happy and healthy me. How about you? What are the experiences that made you stronger?