I’m Broke But I’m Not Broken

Yep, you read that right. I am broke but I am not broken. I am broke in the financial sense of the word. Though I am born with food, shelter and clothing, I am broke but I must say I am still lucky. Oh, by the way, I am living on a day to day or week by week basis. I would find ways to earn just so my family and I can eat for a day or a week. It seems abnormal to me before until this abnormal thing became the most normal thing to me now.

I am lucky enough to be still breathing up to this day, as cliché as that may sound. For many years, I’m finding it hard to make ends meet. I am not saying this for you to pity me but I am inspiring you that broke people can be happy. Broke people are just broke and that’s just it. It took me years of practice to train my mind not to get affected by shitty people, unfathomable government, bad economy or whatever the fuck you want to name it.

It all boils down to our philosophy and the way we perceive things. The way we react to what happens to us is of paramount importance, too. Case in point, bad things happen mostly because we allow them to happen. Though at times it is not our fault, it is still our fault if we let the odds or the stress affect us. And, that’s the same with money. Yes, we are broke but we can just thicken our face and tell ourselves that this stage will soon be over. We can make it because we really can make it. We can do this because keeping our heads above the water is the only option there is.

It is not wishful thinking to be thinking this way. It’s just my way of thinking that I always tell myself that I will survive. I have to because I have a family to feed aside from the anaconda in my belly. It came to a point where I don’t want to eat anymore because I will end up hungry anyway. I bet many people can relate to this esp. the ones who live in a third world country. I am with all these people who live for their families, who still choose to live even if they don’t want to, who choose to work tirelessly and who choose to keep breathing until they reach their dreams.

To you reading this, if you are not broke, congratulations. You are one of the luckiest people in the world and I hope you share that “luck” if you ever believe in luck but I know that you know what I mean.

To the peeps who are like me, well, being broke rocks. Being broke sucks but then again, we always survive. So I guess, we can say that we too, are one of the luckiest people in the world. 😀

What is a Woman?

It all started from her womb

The birth of a thousand men

The making of the whole world

And the magic of existence

We all call life.

She seals each morning and evening

With a kiss that feels surreal

Nurtured little mouths with love

Embraced her other half

With ardent zeal and passion.

Weak, strong or undefined

She is behind every man —

Every man’s success is possible

Because she’s behind

Backing up each and every fall.

A mum, a sister or a friend

She can become anyone

She wants herself to be

She is all yours to take

How can you not love a woman?

Frozen hearts are melted

By her warmth and hotness

Even the most powerful

Have become weakest

At their knees.

She is a woman

More rare than a diamond

More precious than wealth

She is your life

She is all you need.

~ This poem is especially dedicated to our mums. She is the first woman we have known. Have a Happiest International Women’s Day!

Top Gadget for 2014 and Counting: A Good Mood Gadget

Creation. I am a person who would always love to create something for someone especially when granting someone else’s wishes or whims. But this time, I will not create a genie that would grant my wish or any other person’s wishes — that would make life dull and life won’t be as much exciting. This is a one of a kind creation, a breakthrough this 2014, with a magical manifestation that would leave people breathless. Is this too much marketing? I don’t think so because the product will speak for itself.

What I would create is a good mood gadget that one can use when s/he is in a bad mood. This gadget looks like a pen and becomes a wand when being held after five seconds. This will not work if the person is in a good mood because he is already in a good state. The person in a good mood can just give it to the one who is in a bad mood – annoyed, sad, crabby, grumpy, worried, etc.

The person who’s in a bad mood just needs to wave the good mood gadget aka wand, like he is drawing something in the air. He can draw stars, waves, hearts, his name or whatever he wishes to draw until he won’t notice that he is feeling much better. The drawing activity will take about five minutes to complete in order to work and will become a pen once it reaches six minutes of activity. If the user is inconsistent while waving the wand, it won’t work. There should be no disruptions as one must be focused if he wants to be in a good mood. As a watcher, you’d get to see your pal beaming with happiness, smiling back at you or just laughing.

As with any gadget, there is a bonus to this one! If you lose a thing and you need to find it right away, you can drop the gadget then the gadget will search for the lost thing. How? It will become a wand again and will direct you to the location of your lost object. Cool, huh?! But remember, the bonus benefit will only work after you are put into a good mood with this gadget. And yes, people with a good mood can use this gadget to find their lost stuff!

I think many people would like to have this kind of gadget because every person gets stressed. No one is a martyr. Besides, when one is in a good mood or happy state, he can perform better and do lots of good things. With or without a Nobel Prize, my good mood gadget will be my contribution to the world. Go and give it a wave of your own! This is definitely one of the world’s best gadgets of the year! 🙂

Note: 90% of the proceeds would go to charities around the world.

Daily Prompt: World’s Best Widget

Why I Don’t Believe In Resolutions

First, let’s be clear on what a resolution is. A resolution is firm decision about something that we do not want to do (and vice versa, but mostly the former definition is the most popular). I, for a living example, would be telling myself that I’d never be late again, ever. Did it happen? Was I able to change my situation after that creating that resolution? If you think I was able to change for the better after that, you are wrong. I did not and it has gotten worst after that. I won’t, I will not, I will never, what the ****? What’s the resolution anyway?

Note: In my own context for this post, resolution is referred to as the I-will-not-do-this kind of thing.

Now, what is a goal? A goal is a result that we wanted, the outcome that we expect to happen and for me, it is more realistic because it comes with a deadline. While a goal is hard to achieve and can put pressure to any state that we are in, it pushes us to become better. What is the point of setting something that you want to achieve and then you don’t know when do you want to achieve it? Even if you are telling yourself that you’d get it in a year, it would seem like you are procrastinating and having some excuses. If it does not happen this year, you would tell yourself that you can make it happen next year. See, that is resolution. A resolution is not clearly defined like a goal. That is why New Year’s resolutions never end! We just have to break the resolution cycle!

If a goal is not achieved after the set date, then you’ve got to try again and you must not stop until you reach your goal. In my opinion, it is more achievable that way rather than falling into the trap of resolutions. We are going to say that we won’t do this and that and then after some time, we caught ourselves saying, “Omg, I did it again.” Well, that’s just an opinion but that kind of thinking stops us from being the productive persons that we are. Would you rather have more resolutions than goals? Would you rather believe in the power of I-won’t-do-this than the power of I-will-do-this on this date no matter what? What do you think is more feasible?

I am not saying that creating resolutions is a bad thing. If it worked for you, then proceed and do what applies more to you. From my experience, I’ve been dumbfounded with creating resolutions. I am left with my list never cleared. My resolutions remained as resolutions and I just felt bad about it. If we are feeling bad at some things in general, would it give justice if we just let it go? And so I did. I have let go of the numerous resolutions I have made — those countless resolutions that are put into paper but never put into reality.

Besides, most successful people say that to be able to achieve your dreams, you must achieve your goals first. After all, goals are nearer to dreams compared to resolutions. For evidence, please confirm and consult Mr. Webster. Have a great 2014 everyone!

P.S. We do not need to set many goals at once. Having set little goals that are always achieved is key rather than a bulk of resolutions that are going nowhere. It would not hurt to prepare a bucket list and do what’s in it before you kick your bucket for good! 🙂

Idea

It all just came to me

And then it never left

Until it happened.

* Daily Prompt: Brain Wave

School

My so-called second world

Somehow prepared me

To a life of chaos.

* Daily Prompt: The New School

~ Live Your Own Life

~ Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

Live your own life, go for your dreams and remember that life is too short so please yourself first before other people. They don’t matter unless they are the ones who truly know and love you for who you are. 🙂

When Too Much Work Kills

I feel for this talented lady because her death is not even justified. I feel for her because I understand the pressure she have undergone. For some who do not know, it is a tough job being a writer not to mention the unrealistic deadlines we encounter. I have experienced working for nine to twelve hours straight, break time not included. I felt like a haggard and just like Mita, I felt I have no life. My friends also experienced the same thing for they have worked 24 hours straight. All the more to her, for working 30 hours and for keeping up with the unfeasible timelines.  When do we draw the line and say that enough is enough?!

Her untimely demise is a loss to her company – more so, to her family. We cannot bring back her life. And, even if the employer gives her family a big sum of money, Mita will never be back on earth. My only hope for the future is that all the work martyrs will be lessened and more people would value their health more than their jobs. A job lost can be recovered by having a new job but a life  lost can never ever be recovered. If your boss fires you just because you cannot keep your pace with him and tells you that you are an ineffective worker, consider it a blessing in disguise. Your life is valuable compared to that sick asshole. If you ain’t got a life, now is the chance. Live well. Cheers!

See Mita Diran collapsed and died.

Go confidently …

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

Take risks. Have more adventures. Get a life if you ain’t have one. We all rock! 🙂

Wave with a Friend

Having my first wave shared with my friend on a hot December day is what I consider a best day ever! 🙂

After SUPing, we had some goofy pics and here’s one shot of us…

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* Daily Prompt: The Best Day Ever