BOOK: The year I met you by Cecilia Ahern

Goodreads:  ‘Jasmine know two things: one, she loves her vulnerable sister unconditionally, and will fight to the death to protect her from anyone who upsets her. Two, she’s only ever been good at one thing – her job helping business start-ups.So when she’s sacked and put on gardening leave, Jasmine realises that she has nothing else to fill her life. Insomnia keeps her staring out of her bedroom window, and she finds herself watching the antics of her neighbour, shock jock Matt, with more than a casual eye. Matt is also taking a forced leave of absence from work, after one of his controversial chat shows went too far…’
Running for the book that I regret reading the most… I don’t know why but I’ve read other Cecilia Ahern books before and as far as I can remember, I enjoyed them and if not, it’s not as worse as this one is.
Let me tell you offhand that there’s 28 chapters in the book. I was already at Chapter 22 and to be honest – I had to consistently remind myself that I need to finish what I started but this is too disappointing. I’m already at the last pages of the book and I kept waiting for something that will pique my interest or make me fall in love with the story, the characters but N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!!!
But to give her credit, something in the last chapter was worth highlighting:
‘I lost something that I thought defined me and I felt like a shell of a person. Instead of trying to get it back, I had to figure out why I couldn’t be whole all by myself. The world is fascinated by instant transformations, human makeovers or magics. My shift wasn’t instant and often the slow pace of change can be painful, lonely and confusing but without us realizing it happening, it happens. We look back and think, ‘Who was that person? when during it all, we think, ‘Who am I becoming?’. And at what point was it that we crossed over that line. But it is thanks to that slowness that we remember the journey, we reserve the sense of where we were, where we are going and why. Destination completely unknown, we can value the crossing.’
The transformation from chrysalis can take weeks, months or even years. We are constantly evolving. I feared stopping and it is ironic that it was only when I finally stopped that I moved the most. I know now that we never truly stop, our journey is never complete, because we will continue to flourish – just as when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. 

THOUGHTS: In my 22 years of existence, I learned..

  1. Life is unfair. & That’s just how it is. Just like how I read somewhere, ‘ Kiddo, the world doesn’t owe you an explanation”
  1. And once you’ve accepted that, you wouldn’t complain all the time.
  2. The time you spent complaining is of much better use finding solutions to your problems.
  3. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
  4. There is always two sides to every story. A silver lining is always present.
  5. Your co-worker who is always sleeping on the job will always get what he wants. As long as he’s wiping the ass of your boss. Refer to No.1.
  6. Anger will never be enough reason to wish someone dead.
  7. People, most often than not, will wish you suffering if he is suffering.
  8. How you dress will completely change how you feel about yourself and how people will see you.
  9. People think too much.
  10. Everyone you meet is better than you at something.
  11. No one in this world has gotten it all figured out.
  12. Everyone has regrets.
  13. Saving at least Php 100 a day will be such a good habit that will benefit you in the long run.
  14. The longer you postpone something, the harder it gets.
  15. Every lie will just push you to tell more lies which will eventually bite you in the ass.
  16. In every TV Show, there’s a sex addict. Joey in Friends, Barney in How I met your mother and Charlie in Two and a half men.
  17. Smiling to strangers will eventually lead to good things.
  18. Oftentimes, good things happen when you least expect it.
  19. Making a ‘to do list’ will vastly improve your productivity.
  20. Everyone thinks he’s always right.
  21. If you keep hearing criticisms, two things will happen. Either you wallow in self pity or you fuckingly prove them wrong.
  22. Reading goes a long way.
  23. Kids say that they never want to be like their parents but end up being exactly like them.
  24. Parent’s greatest output is their kids.
  25. No matter how young you are, you should set aside money for investment.
  26. If you work hard enough for what you want, you will succeed – LIE. Refer to No.1.
  27. Infidelity is never a mistake. It is never an accident. It happens by choice.
  28. Your family is your piggy bank of encouragement.
  29. If you truly love the person you are with, it will always feel like forever. – though it isn’t always the case.
  30. If you’ve never been in the same situation, never say ‘it’s okay’ – because it never is.
  31. I’ve learned some of these things the hard way. But I’ve never really embraced them. Life gets to me too.

Colors doesn’t matter at all.

At the end of the concert, from behind the musicians, a hundred helium balloons of red, blue, yellow and green floated up in to the sky.

Papa, which color of the balloon will go the highest?

Anne, it’s not the color of the balloon that is important. It’s what’s inside that makes all the difference.

Greatness does not care if one is a girl or a boy. If in fact, it is what’s inside that makes all the difference, then the difference is made when we choose what goes inside.