Can you remember something that happened in your childhood that greatly affected how you are right now?
Why I’ve become quiet
I was in first grade and a very active child. I love running around. I am noisy, always shouting like any other kid. One day my teacher approached me and told me I’m so noisy. She hears me anywhere she goes. Then I wasn’t aware how I become quiet. Now it takes time for me to get comfortable around people and be the noisy me again.
Why I have bad penmanship
This is simple. My sister has a bad penmanship. Me, being a fast learner, quickly absorbed her way of writing. When I was in high school, her teacher (which was also my teacher) then told me that we got the same handwriting.
Why I don’t say bad words
I hear words. I say them. I don’t know their meanings. The more they tell me not to say, the more I scream it out loud. I remember a chase scene at home. I got my mouth slapped by flip-flops and chili about to get squeezed or squeezed into my mouth. I learned my lesson and learned to love spice dishes too.
Why I don’t know how to cook
It was raining when the mobile food stall stopped near our house. In Manila, it’s a bike with stove on the sidecar where they fry fish ball, squid ball, etc. Customers will just grab sticks and pierce through the balls of their choice. My hand slipped and went into the boiling pan. It happened so fast, lucky not to get burned, but it was really hot. Got afraid since then.
Why I started to compare myself
I was in fourth grade and still love playing on the streets, during break time and after class. My teacher asked me, what’s my class rank was. My elder sisters are on top of their classes. I was average. I love to play and to watch TV. Did I study since then? Yes, but I unconsciously seem to have avoided stuff they’re good at. I didn’t run for the school government, I joined a community organization. I’m not good in chess, I compete in track and field, darts, dodgeball and cheer dance. I’m not comfortable acting on stage, I was on backstage but still made myself distinguished.