STORY: Love in Letting Go

It's true that you only appreciate things once you've lost them. Actually, no. I think it's unfair to assume that everything goes by unappreciated when it has never been lost. Let me correct myself, you appreciate things MORE once you've lost them.

I learned this the hard way. For so many years, I have always got back what I threw away. Perhaps that's why I took things, in this case person, for granted. I was so sure that I will always have this person so I throw words about separation and never seeing each other again like it was so easy. And during those times, I really though it was easy. In my head, I would think that I could be on my own, that I can forget this person so easily and all the things that came with him. But before I could even realize or experience how difficult it is to lose this person, the next day, the next hour even, he would go to me and ask me back. Don't get me wrong, I never did this intentionally just to bask in the glory of being wanted. I just never understood what it felt like to have something so valuable taken away from me. Before I even felt the pain of loss, I had already regain what I lost.

STORY: Forgive Me But I Have To Say This!

Lord, forgive me if I will say things I should't but you know me, I can only keep shut about things for so long.

I do not understand how judging someone by their color, weight or economic status is any different with judging someone by their gender preference. If we see judging someone based on things that do not define whether they are good or bad people as wrong, then why is their gender preference suddenly a big issue? Whether a person loves the opposite sex or the same sex, that person loves all the same... tell me now how that can be a bad thing? Tell me how that difference in gender defines her as good or bad? Tell how that is any different with judging a fat person because she's fat? Pleeeeeaseee. I can not compose sentences with all these frustration over people who can not get the poiiiiiintttt.... HELP ME!

I'm not even sure if I am in position to protest but whatever... I protest in the strongest way possible not with the association of lesbians to any institution but with how this association is presented as a negative. There is nothing wrong with lesbians and I have pondered on being lesbian just to prove a point (but you just can't force things!) And what frustrates me even more is that the people of this institution applaud how the leaders are being so open and gender sensitive when I see this line about how they protest with being associated with lesbians. WHAT?! I mean, fine, they teach gender equality and then protest about lesbians... let them be the contradicting being they are but please, readers, don't applaud them for what they are not!

Controversial Pugad Baboy comic strip by Pol Medina (Run by Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 4, 2013)