Ever have something beautiful choke the life out of you?
Being surrounded by so much concrete, crowds and chaos can only last me so long. I feel like I’m going mad sometimes, like my soul is clawing its way out of my body to fly somewhere far away to be with sand, waves and palm trees.
It won’t be long now. This summer will be mine, I swear it.
This is something I don’t say out loud, but sometimes I feel like I can’t live without my phone. There may be days where I feel so enslaved by it that I kinda want to toss it out the window and go back to using a mobile that can only call and text. But most of the time, it’s like a trusty secretary I can always count on to make my life easier.
I don’t believe in jailbreaking phones. I firmly believe that if an app serves its purpose well, the people who created and developed it deserve my money. Also, I don’t see how you can shell out a month’s worth of salary (or more) on a gadget, but refuse to pay 99 cents for an app.
Anyway, the other thing I believe in is paying it forward, so I’d like to share some of my favorite apps, in no particular order.
2014 Life Lessons So Far
Life gets a lot easier to live with when you stop trying so hard to be in control all the time.
Discipline is everything. There is a fine, blurry line between “reason” and “excuse”.
Being kind and showing respect no matter what, even when not reciprocated, is still a privilege. It’s way too easy to be a jerk.
Celebrating bad behavior is overrated.
There is always, always room for improvement.
I refuse to let my fears paralyze me any longer.
So there was a little party in my city last Sunday. It’s now Tuesday and my body still hasn’t fully recovered.
There was a lot of singing, dancing and hugging. My face got painted on by an estimated number of 20 different people, about half of which were complete strangers. I partied with old friends and I made enough new ones to last me a lifetime. Trudging through an ocean of people became more bearable because everyone around me was smiling and slapping me high fives. No fighting, just a lot of love from a city with a big heart. I went home that night dirty, sweaty and exhausted, but with some of the best memories of my life.
I can’t believe I was thinking about making this my last Sinulog. There’s no doubt I’ll be hitting the streets again next year.
Sticking to my new year’s resolution, I hired a swim coach and have been taking lessons to learn the proper way to swim. There aren’t enough words to describe how much I hate exercise, but it looks like I’ve finally found my fitness routine. Considering I’ve been a water baby since birth, I don’t know why it took me so long to do this.
Here are some things I’m loving about swimming:
- It’s a useful skill to have.
- No strain on my ankles and knees, hence making me less prone to injury. A big plus considering I’ve already injured both in the past.
- I get a nice tan while getting fit.
- Being able to absolutely tune out everything else because I have no choice but to focus on my form and breathing. I think about a million things 24/7, so this is huge for me.
- It increases my patience and diminishes my frustration when trying to get something right.
- I wear only one article of clothing and can wear the same one everyday.
- Feeling recharged rather than exhausted after a session.
- It’s the physical activity that burns calories the fastest. Great cardio!
- It forces me to shower everyday. (Trust me, if you work at home, you tend to get lazy on some days.)
- No sweat. Literally.
As much as I experienced benefits from yoga, gym and other routines, I’ve never been as enthusiastic about them as I am now with swimming. If you’re still looking for a good fitness routine for yourself, why not try this out?