I was watching Sarah Kay’s TED lecture from 2011, and she mentioned one of her spoken word poetry assignments for her students: 10 things I know to be true. I have zero plans to actually turn it into a poem, but I liked the idea of creating a list. She encouraged the people listening not to over think the process and to just list what comes to mind. So here goes…
10 things I know to be true
1. Bon Iver was by far the most beautiful band I have ever seen live. How is it possible to sound a million times better live than on grammy-winning, recorded album?!
2. I had an alternate-reality dream a month ago that I can’t shake off or forget. It made me realize that my life could have been completely differently had I picked “the other guy” over my boyfriend, and, in all honesty, it was not bad-different. Just different.
3. It doesn’t make me a bad guy or terrible girlfriend to think that other life would be pleasant. (However if I pursued it, I think that would be a different story.)
4. Cooking good Filipino food is not about being a great chef; it’s about adding the right amount of Patis.
5. Friends come and go, but I will always have my cousins. I am way too blessed to be a Golfo.
6. Mental wedding planning makes me happy. Most of the time these pseudo-weddings aren’t even mine. They’re friends on Facebook or acquaintances that I know. Heck, sometimes the people I wedding plan for aren’t even in a relationship. I just love putting together fake scenarios that involve food, flowers, decor, location, etc. Too wonderful. I blame Pinterest for this sick obsession.
7. In 2 weeks, I will be in Alaska. We have the following excursions booked: helicopter & glacier hike in Juneau, ziplining in Ketchikan, ATV tour through the Sitka forest. I AM SO EXCITED.
8. I have met some pretty wonderful people while living in Santa Barbara.
9. I am way too obsessed with watching TV. Making sure I am caught up watching Game of Thrones is one of my main priorities today, which is terrible and speaks loudly upon my work ethic considering I have a huge paper due on Thursday.
10. I love a good chick flick with over the top, complicated love scenarios, but I have come to realize that the best kind of love isn’t showy or anything like the movies. It’s a simple, quiet passion. I’m not saying that it isn’t hard work, because Lord knows that it is, but it is nowhere near as flashy or dramatic, and that’s okay.