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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

entry arrow8:22 AM | Say No.

You learn to say "no" to live a life. You learn to have other people make their own mistakes to create something for themselves, without them always having to come running up to you for help and do their "thing" for them. You learn to love, and despise. You learn to love most of all. You learn to stand back, and you learn how to surrender. You learn to read into why people do the things they do. You learn to wake up at 6 o'clock in the morning and eat five small meals a day. You learn, again, not to eat from 6:30 onwards, not even a grape, or a piyaya. You learn to appreciate the hunger pangs, and channel energy elsewhere. You learn to forgive yourself. You learn to tackle the clutter of your life by not thinking too much about schedules and such, but by doing things a little at a time -- the David Approach to Goliath, kumbaga. You learn to question why you do the things you do, say the things you say, act the way you act. You learn to look at yourself in the third person, and become amused by the human being that you are, full of courage, cowardice, small strengths, and frailty -- a hopeful creature capable of much drama. Most of all, you learn to say "no."

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