The Goodbye List

By: Juan Manalo
February 01, 2022
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GRAPHICS BY: EAH DINO

           Every journey has an end. For every dawn there’s always its dusk. And so, from the very long adventure that ended 2021 with the coolest kiss of December, began 2022 with a bright new vision, we go forth on another breathtaking month of February. We can’t help but to be amazed, gratified, and content with some of the things that we have discovered and accomplished, but it is also inevitable to see some matters that are best to just leave behind and reflect some changes as January ends.

 

          We want to write our new year in fresh pages, so it is necessary to remind ourselves once more to finally drop the points that made some moments of the previous year imbalanced, compromised, or in other words inefficient.

 

DELAYING TACTICS

           Several students can relate to the idea of knowing such priorities but lacking the will to accomplish them. It is true that everyone’s time is precious as gold, and we cannot just control the capability of our body to start moving, but perhaps, it’s time to finally consider the brighter picture. 

 

         The situation everywhere might still be developing to be normal, so until the days are at its progress, we must strive to be firm in our goal, without second thoughts, without fear and uncertainties. Saying goodbye to procrastination will be a good start.

 

COMPARE AND CONTRAST

       Don’t be silly! You are you.

       Something to bring in this new year is the thought of being unique in our own ways. Making comparisons became one of our 2021 vibes because at some point it helped in several endeavors, but too much clinging to the idea can be corrosive and unhealthy, especially when one tends to make it as a basis of course of action. Embracing the new season means embracing one's own good and others’ quality as well. 

 

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

         We love to be right. However, being gratuitously right all the time is not always good. One of the challenges that the remote kind of working and learning has introduced is the notion of being sanctimonious. Although it doesn’t seem too obvious externally, it remains relevant from the inside of our mind. It is not a mistake to coin something that we perceive as morally correct, but everyone has their prerogatives; and the more we invalidate other’s conceptions, the more we erroneously associate superiority with unfairness.

 

EVERYONE'S APPROVAL

          Believe it or not, the pandemic did not just isolate the COVID positive, it also separated the many from usuals, norms, standards, and other comfort zones. With the digital age acting as the main hero to rescue socialization (education, work, etc.), the best chance we have is making new connections, however, not everyone is good at it, so some people make double efforts to be accepted to the point of being irrational. Before making points on the new page, it is best to have an approval first from yourself so things shall follow brilliantly and with confidence. 

 

         According to George Santayana, “Those who never learned from history are condemned to repeat it,”. And may all unpleasantries remain as history.

 

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