Category Archives: Education

Pick up a Pen & Put it on a Paper

Writing journal entries was a habit of mine. In fact, I used to do it on a daily basis that it’s almost difficult for me to sleep at night and end the day without having written about my thoughts and experiences in my journal. I loved how writing makes me recognize my thoughts and my feelings.

0b5ed2af13923c91602899b0c3beca62

(credits to the owner of this photo, who I don’t, know coz I just randomly grabbed it)

You see, nowadays, we just tend to go on with our daily struggles and deal with different kinds of situations without noticing how much each of them may have affected us internally. We are so used to just push aside whatever negative emotions we have like fears, anxiety, apprehensions and sadness because that’s what people around us expect for us to do; they expect to always see us on the best version of ourselves. Why? Let’s admit it, life per se is hard enough for all of us. So, we would feel like we need to keep our problems to ourselves because we can’t burden others anymore when, in fact, they’re dealing with so much bullshit by themselves already (FOR THOSE  WHO THINK LIKE THIS, THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL- ANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ARE ALWAYS VALID SO DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF).

In reality, we can’t even share about those things anymore for the fear of being judged and called immature, overly dramatic and emotional. So, instead of acknowledging them, we choose to ignore them and just live without really feeling alive, but, for me, that’s not good at all. If I simply ignore my thoughts and feelings, I know that I’m not being fair to myself. It’s not healthy if I just let the emotions eat me, and I can’t bear the thought of letting the negativity swallow my entire being, slowly killing my heart and my soul until it can no longer feel anything. I’m not a therapist or a psychologist nor am I a professional specializing in this kind of field, but I know for a fact that it’s not healthy to keep  things to yourself, especially not those things that constantly bug your mind and tend to put you in a state of anxiety, depression, and self-depreciation.

Acknowledge the fact that you are feeling sad, anxious, lonely, etc., but never succumb to these emotions. Let it all out. If you feel a bit insecure and uncomfortable of sharing it to others, then you can always get your pen and write it all out on a paper.

I did say that writing WAS my habit. Well, it still is, but not as much as it used to be. Does that make sense? I mean I just didn’t write as much as I used to before. It’s been a while since I ever had that feeling of needing to constantly grab my pen and journal notebook. Maybe it’s because of what I said in the previous paragraph that we tend to neglect our own thoughts and feelings because we’re too consumed on what we’re going through  like our careers and jobs, perhaps. No matter what we do though, there will always be some sort of stressors that may come along the way,  and we can’t just shut it out of our system and ignore it because, believe me, in the long run it will eventually take its toll on us and all the pent-up feelings  will come bursting; when that time comes, I just know it will be ugly. So, just for some sort of damage control or an alternative outlet to release stress or repressed feelings, I take the pleasure of pouring out everything through writing.

Writing journal or writing in general, for me, is fun. Just like listening to music or reading a good book, it takes me to a different place, somehow, but at the same time it also keeps me grounded and aware of how I truly, deeply feel.

Advertisements

Please check out my other site

So I just happened to make another site which is quite similar to wordpress, but I have a different purpose of creating that site. I’d like to advocate for the children with special needs (CWSN). Yes, I am a special education teacher (in the future). I mean, I’m still in my third year of studying special education. Yes, I am in love with special education and I’m hoping that in the near future, I could live up my principles of being a special education teacher.

For the mean time, I’d like to share to everyone my own experiences in my endeavors to be of service to the CWSN especially since their number has been greatly increasing today. In line with this, I hope that many people will help me in my advocacy in spreading awareness about special education and more importantly our brothers and sisters who have special needs.

This is the link to my advocacy——- http://cutieobriene.wix.com/obriene

Thy Will Be Done

Lots of things happened within this semester. To me, it’s a lot to take in. So many lessons are learned and will be learned in the future. I realized that it is not just about good time management or getting things done; nor it is to be happy, to get better, to do well, or to  be loved, but it is to have Jesus within you. After all, He will guide your footsteps if only you are willing to move your feet.

So after meditating for a while, I came across this quote by Robin Williams. It can be interpreted differently though. It says,

You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.

My Dream for Education

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”― Malcolm X

 

I spent my childhood playing and dreaming of becoming a nurse, a doctor, and a lawyer, all at the same time. When I reached high school, I suddenly wanted to become an artist, maybe because of the social media influences and other social stuffs. Then the college applications happened in a flash, like an unexpected visitor, it seemed like a disturbance to my life at that time. Time came when I finally had to decide, my most frequently asked question (FAQ) at that moment is: What is really my dream? Suddenly, dreaming became so hard, and all of my childhood dreams remained as merely part of my childhood memories.

 

Eventually, I decided that I wanted to become a special educator. How? Well, it happened when my father went out-of-town and I asked him to buy some books for me. I was expecting him to buy some Danielle Steel novels, but what he brought for me were classics, one of them is “The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller. It so happened that my curiosity struck in; I read that book first, and everything else followed through.

   credits to the owner of this photo                            Thank you, you’re amazing!

 

After that, I successfully managed to get into Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan, with the course that I knew I wanted, and now,  dreamed. Now, by God’s grace and guidance, I am in my third year. My FAQ this time is, “What is my dream for education?”

 

The only thing that’s clear for me is that I want to become a special educator someday and that I really want to teach children with special needs. As of now, I’ll end this entry with that question of mine. Everything may still be quite blurry for me right this moment, but I know that God will help me find my answers and that He will be with me throughout the process.