To My Starry-Eyed Dreamer
For you, love and kindness come in endless strings, and you freely unwind yours, lifting everybody around you like kites. Happy, happy, birthday, Dandan! Only a few people have the gift of making others believe that there’s so much hope to be found in any place—you definitely leave a trail of good vibrations wherever you go.
What gets us out of our beds in the morning, what makes our heart race, what keeps us hurtling forward…it’s the deepest, most intimate parts of ourselves. Thank you for sharing your dreams with me; like you, they are nothing short of stellar.
And when it comes to you, I know that they’ll all come true.
I’m really blessed and grateful to have you as one of my closest friends. Cheers to all the adventures we’ve had! I love you.
Brave the waves,
You met Resilience before you discovered your own name.
It was the voice that taught you how to reach for things with your small hands, to utter your first words, to stand on your feet and walk. Newborns, despite being fragile, had no room for quitting. You came into this world, made with the same indestructible, iron-willed fiber.
Resilience let you grow, and helped bring you here.
Now that you’re older, why is it easier for you to give up?
You’re built with an unseen armour. You’re learning so much from everything around you. You’re talented, brilliant, and strong. And yet, when you hit a roadblock, get hurt, or feel impatient, you instantly think of a way out.
Stick around, answer the call to work harder, and know that quitting was never part of your—or anyone’s—natural make up. When you fall down, lose a loved one, or bruise, allow your instincts to take over. Trust yourself.
Remember Resilience, and let something extraordinary push you to get up, heal, and fight back.
Brave the waves,
Stars Align, A Music Review With My Lover
Getting to watch one of my favorite bands of all time, Stars, with my boyfriend was already a sweet treat itself. But to have had the chance to co-write a music review (for GMA News, what!) on this bucket-list-worthy night took our relationship to an entirely deeper level.
There’s the kind of music that you stumble upon, and fall in love with all by yourself. It’s yours, you wear it as a badge, and you remind everybody that you solely own it.
And then there’s the rare kind that you keep as a secret—one that is introduced to you by someone you care about. It leaves a lasting impression on you, and stays with you for years. Listening to a particular band is now linked with that person, and it becomes a shared experience even when you’re alone. The memories endure, and you recognize that this time around, the songs aren’t meant for you. They push you to step outside of yourself and fully relive being with somebody…
…Quiet, resolute, and tender, Stars could make the most tightly laced people come undone. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, they’ve been penning words that could pierce you to your core, and weaving feather-light tunes that could rock you back and forth for 13 years. If honesty had a sound, Stars was the mouthpiece.
It would really mean a lot to me if you would read the full article here.
Nothing could ever make me forget this concert; everything that needed to be said (and felt) could be found in that link.
(And yeah, I was a shameless fangirl, and tore off this set list as the final tune faded away. Group hug?)
Brave the waves,