Apparently, I’ll never get away from a country’s capital, at least for now.
After studying for four years in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, where the metro turns into a public shower on rainy days and where the mayor is more focused on crazy projects than upgrading the city’s utilities, I am back.
In my country’s capital. Manila, Manila, where traffic is a pain in the neck, I begin my teaching (not-so-career) and even though it is not my (FINAL CAREER DESTINATION), I really find teaching stuff interesting. There are a lot of things that are extremely new to me (though it may sound weird to other people), mainly because I did not do these things as a part of my life back in the past.
But then, it is time to step up and take the mantle. Here are some of them:
1. Routinely ironing clothes: I never needed to do it, except for special occasions. Then I realized that doing stuff like this is also a measure of self-respect and proof that I can handle myself properly. Heck, apparently, this is the minimal standard of being an adult.
2. Standing straight up: I never reminded myself that I should stop slouching when I walk in public, that is, until pretty much recently. Damn. I guess I need to straighten up if I don’t want to turn into a letter “C” or a letter “L” by the time I get old. It is pretty hard to remind myself to keep it 100 percent up, but I guess I need to start being conscious of my body.
3. Getting some weight: Unlike those people who need to shed off some stuff off their body, I need to get a bit of fat (or muscle) mainly due to the fact that I am underweight. I calculated my body mass index (BMI) and I found out that I need at least three kilograms in order to reach my normal weight standard. That means a lot of eating and sleeping. Oh well. These are just some of the things that are “new” to me. I’ll be damned!
On another note there are many new things that I am experiencing at the moment, aside from the ones where I almost get myself killed (yeah, all thanks to electricity.)
I am seeing the thrill of living one’s life where everything is based on the way you deliver. Then, even though I have no idea how to interact with different sorts of people, I try to do it in my own way because I feel that trying something is better than doing nothing.
Another thing is that I am getting the feel now of being a person who lives here in Manila: It is quite different in the sense that people are more cosmopolitan and that people are more varied in their opinions on certain things.
I want to see not the bright lights of the city, but I want to see its soul.
I want to acquire new things, new skills, new stuff…meet people, make some noise together, create new approaches and collaborate with different personalities.
The last part does not sound like me, considering that I prefer to do things solo in the past.
Guess what, there are some opportunities here and there!
Then, someone told me that maybe I should learn how to take things slowly.
Here I am, taking things REAL SLOW like a turtle would do, Ain’t enough for you?
Some things are just hard to control.
The easiest way to put it would be trying to tame a zoo that is full of mixed specimen inside.
But then, it is part of the challenge. Besides, if people succeed in doing it, then it is wonderful anyway.
Overall, I see and feel weird things.
So mixed, so chromatic and so twisted.
Well, I am absolutely looking forward to the way that it all pans out!