Monday, December 30, 2013

PART THREE OF FOUR: LIFE IN LETTERS

Like, three months ago, my fabulous friend Kate tagged me to do Alex Day's Life in Letters tag, in which I give you a little insight about my life through letters. Let us begin.

A- Adventures. I would try anything once. I like getting out of my comfort zone (sometimes) and I like pushing my boundaries. I like adventures, whether it's going skydiving or living abroad alone for a year, because it makes me feel alive.

B- Ballet. When I was still in the Philippines, dance in general was a huge huge part of my life. I still remember coming home from my very first ballet class and not being able to stop doing pliƩs and tendus. I would wear my ballet shoes around the house all day, and whenever my cousin (who was my best friend too) came over I would force teach her to do ballet. I was so elated when I got the news that I could finally dance en pointe, and it's the very first time I remember being so, incredibly happy. Like, comparable-to-when-I-was-in-Rome happy. Unfortunately due to... circumstances in general, I had to stop dancing when I moved from the Philippines. It was, and still is, heartbreaking, and if I get the chance to dance again I would gladly take it.

C- Content, in both meanings of the word. Although I may not be the most patient or persevering of all people, I do like creating stuff, is which why I have a blog. I get super excited at the thought of carrying out projects, whether it be writing, or doing a programme or a course, or something else entirely. As well as that I am also content, in that I am happy with my life at the moment.

D- Danielle Joyce Manimtim Olavario, which is my full name. Legally, like in my birth certificate, my name is actually only Danielle Manimtim Olavario, but I grew up with the Joyce stuck in because of my grandmother (or the priest, it's confusing), and for the first twelve years of my life people called me "DJ" because Danielle Joyce. It was only until I applied for a visa to go to Ireland that I found out I didn't have the Joyce. "D" isn't as catchy.

E- Enthusiastic. I get so interested over everything it's ridiculous. The nurse that was my supervisor when I was doing my work experience in a hospital actually described me as "over-enthusiastic," in that I get so invested on everything and anything at all. This is why I'm part of fandoms.

F- Friends, because I have the best group of friends anyone could ask for. They're witty and intelligent, they never fail to make me laugh and I know they have my back whenever I need some support. We also have, like, no drama at all and I like it that way.

G- Green. I am a Slytherin. Hiss Hiss.

H- Harry Potter changed my life, and that's not in any way an exaggeration. The series opened me up to a world of books that I never explored before. I was a reader before Harry Potter but the books just sort of opened the floodgates for me. It also introduced me to a community of people who I never would've met if it wasn't for JK Rowling, and like many others I felt a sense of belonging and acceptance in this community that I never really felt with any sort of cliques before. It's hard to believe that the last movie instalment came out more or less three years ago, because in my heart as well as in the hearts of so many others whose lives were impacted by these books, Harry Potter lives.

I- Ireland, which I see as my adoptive mother while the Philippines is my birth mother. I love them both.

J- Jealousy. This quote from Othello explains it all for me:
"Oh, curse of marriage
That we can call these delicate creatures ours
And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad
And live upon the vapor of a dungeon
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others' uses."

K- Kissing.

L- Learning. I am enthusiastic for virtually anything, I'd get super excited over the colour gray if I was given the chance. So even if I do complain about school and workload a lot of the time, I admit that I do enjoy school and learning about new things that I never knew before. I like it, that's all.

M- Medicine. At the moment, I'm looking to be a doctor, a neurologist maybe. I've done my research about this job and I'm almost certain that this is what I want to do in my life. I realise that I may still be too young for decision and that things change, but it doesn't hurt to have a goal. And right now this is what I'm aiming towards.

N- Nerdfighteria is a community cultivated by the Vlogbrothers of youtube. It is a community that helped me grow as a person, and, growing up in a very one-sided family and community, it has taught me that I could form my own opinions and make my own choices, and I don't have to follow the path has been laid before me. I owe nerdfighteria so much, I learned everything from feminism, to learning about the French Revolution, to probabilty, to killing-baby-Hitler-if-I-had-a-choice. I became a nerdfighter in 2011 and haven't looked back since.

O- Odd, which I seem to be sometimes. Even to myself.

P- Philippines, where I was born and raised. We migrated to Ireland when I was twelve and it was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do as a child. To me it also signified the end of my childhood. I know twelve is such a young age to say that but migrating forced me to grow up faster than I guess I should have. At twelve I was better educated than my parents and so I had to take charge when it came to paperworks. I had to count on myself to adjust to the new environment I was put in because nobody else was going to do it for me. But I digress. I do miss the Philippines and I feel a bit ashamed to admit that I am more aware and better informed of the western society's cultures and traditions that I am of my home country. It's something that I would perhaps work on changing in the next year.

Q- Queen, which is what I am. Obviously.

R- Rome. Ever since I visited the city on a school tour last May, I've never stopped thinking about. The map of the city is stuck in my wall, I have the Trevi Fountain as my laptop's wallpaper, and almost everything I see reminds of its beauty (today I bought a dress because I thought it reminded me of Rome). I fell in love with the city, and I hope to one day reside there, maybe.

S- Solitude. Although I do enjoy social gatherings from time to time, I also need a bit of a moment by myself or just by my closest friends. Even though I've gotten quite better at it over the past two years, socialising still tires me, right now, I would still prefer to be in my pajamas and watch an episode of Doctor Who than interact people all night.

T- Travelling. As you can probably tell I love visiting new places and meeting new people and trying different sorts of food. Travelling makes me feel like I'm going on an adventure (see "A" above) and to me looking at something that I've never seen the likes of before is very exhilarating.

U- UGH, which is what I feel like most of the time.

V- Veronica, which is the name of my choir teacher and voice lessons coach. A lot of people find her unbearable but she has made such a huge impact in my life and I actually admire her perseverance and resourcefulness and ambitions and general Slytherin-ess. She is my model Slytherin.

W- Winter is my favourite season, which I guess is kinda weird because I was born in a country where winter did not exist. But I love it. I love the snow, and the smell of smoke, and the hot chocolate in front of the fire. I prefer being cold than being hot. But other than that I love winter because it's a time for taking things slow. It's a time for rest, as summer is a time for being busy. It is silence and peace, and rest. And not cleaning your room because spring cleaning is a thing.

X- X THE LETTER, FOR BEING SO DIFFICULT.

Y- Youtube, along with Harry Potter, shaped my life in so many ways. I became open to new ideas that I don't think I would have encountered otherwise.

Z- ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz. Because I like sleeping. And naps. And I could these things literally anywhere and everywhere. You can ask my friends, I am the best napper in the world.

P.S. I TAG MY FRIEND BRONAGH TO DO THIS.

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