And no, I don’t just mean the classroom kind.
It’s that time of the semester again — when laptops/computers become the household’s main appliance, coffee replaces water in jugs, the library draws more traffic than the cafeteria, and the pillow becomes our greatest fear, simplest joy and most persistent seducer all at once.
Before I evolve into a lean (?!), mean requirement-conking machine, here be a few realizations over the past weeks.
People who make you smile and laugh even when you don’t feel like it are friends for keeps.
Talk and promises are cheap. Initiative gets things done, but is harder to come by.
Your best competition is yourself.
If you’re going to judge others, make sure you pass your own standards.
It pays to learn from the bottom up.
The good times aren’t always where the loud music and the strobe lights are. There is joy in late-night beach strolls, overpriced tricycle rides, Tuxedo Mask’s existentialism, and swapping stories over communal grilled squid and pizza.
The truest artistes can’t recognize Justin Bieber lyrics when woven into casual conversation.
Passion is to ignition as skill is to the steering wheel.
The view may be awesome from a high horse, but it gets pretty lonely at the top. And try as you might to get back down, you’re never quite the same person after.
The success of an activity shouldn’t just depend on how many people attend, but rather how much the participants take from it.
The best buddies can spend a whole afternoon studying and sitting in comfortable silence with you and still make you feel like you’re home.
If an eatery disappoints you the first time, don’t give up on it — just make sure you order something entirely different every time. That way, you’re sure to uncover that unheralded culinary gem.
What you say or don’t say about others reflects your character more than it does theirs.
Too little people deliberately exercise their right to say no. Too many people abuse it.
And lastly: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Preach it, Yoda.