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02 April 2015

Personal Journal: "A Life Worth Remembering"

These are my Viktor jeans. I have three pairs that I bought seven years ago. Each pair cost around 5,000 pesos or so. I bought them at an age when I thought owning designer clothes and eating in fancy restaurants set me apart from the rest. Now, these jeans are worn out and faded. I just wear them when I am at home or when I go to the wet market.  I do not have fond memories wearing them, except during unforgettable moments when my narcissism tricked me in believing people actually cared that I wore them. 

However, I remember the many moments that I spent time with my friends over cheap coffee or going on a trip for two days and spending only less than 2,000 pesos. On those occasion, I remember how happy I was and how I truly bonded with my friends. Those moments when I was just wearing cheap clothes and eating dishes with ingredients that we bought in wet markets were more endearing. My friends and I shared our hopes and fears. We laughed and made fun of ourselves. We cried, confessed our deepest secrets and found acceptance and love. Those moments enrich my life and I will always cherish them. I will take them in my silver years. 

For twenty-something people who think that owning the latest gadgets, wearing the best clothes and dining in expensive restaurants make them cool, superior and popular, I have only one thing to say, “Those things do not create a life worth remembering.” Those products are items that companies want you to buy and believe that they are necessary in life. They are not. 

Be in the moment. Enjoy. Be present in your life. The rest are just distractions and false trappings.  

Some members of the gang. That's me on the far left.
Pundaquit, Zambales

DISCLAIMER: Viktor jeans are actually good and high quality jeans. This post does not in anyway diminish the quality of their product. Purchasing a pair of jeans (regardless of the brand) is one’s choice. After all, we cannot walk around like Winnie the Pooh, without pants. Peace!

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