Let’s pretend that I’m writing this post drunk or under state of delusion. Let’s pretend that I do not understand what I’m talking about. Most of all, let’s pretend that what I’m writing is silly, non-sense and funny.
But the truth is, no matter how I try to pretend that what I mentioned in the first paragraph of this post is true, the fact is nobody will believe me. So the moral of this post is – no matter how you pretend, you can’t fool others.
The problem about trying to pretend is we put ourselves in a situation where we succumb to insecurity. Pretending is a way by which we hide our weaknesses. We try to give an impression that we are at par with others in certain aspects of our lives. We try to show that we can also have what others have. Be it intelligence, wealth, possession or whatever it might be. The more we pretend, the more we become desperate. The more we get desperate, the more we listen to ourselves and ignore the opinion of others. Do we really need to pretend in order to be at par with the rest of the world? Or should we just be ourselves and wait for other people to appreciate the uniqueness that we possess?
Analyzing our culture and psyche, we, Filipinos, are competitive individuals. We don’t want to be left behind. I don’t know if my analysis is right but Filipinos born with the silver spoon don’t have pretensions in life. Reason: They have almost everything they want so there’s no reason for them to put up a face just to be recognized. So that left us to one question? Who pretends? People who pretend are those who seems not to get out their miseries. These are people who can’t find a way to achieve their goals or those who just wanted to find an easy way to make themselves good.
In an ideal situation, when you’re less in life and later will be able to find success, humility comes in.Why? Because by being poor, you’re able to understand that life’s miseries and challenges make you resilient and strong. It gives you a sense of contentment that finally you have made it to the top. However, not all people are all like that. Not all people can handle the situation well. There are a few that despite the success they have achieve, it seems there’s no real sense contentment in them. They feel so small that when they see others possess what they don’t have. To make it simple – they want that they are the only ones who want to be in the limelight.
So do you really to pretend to be recognized? NO, never. If you want to achieve success, you have to go through the normal route. The route where you learn to grow as person, challenge oneself and test how far can you go and most of all gain enough experience. It is through this route that you will prepare yourself for bigger responsibilities. Others who take the shortcut are those who are susceptible to pretending for the rest of their lives. They want an easy way out. Marry someone for money, try to impress people that you’re intelligent, kiss the ass of your bosses, be a minion of someone else or just simply ride the waves of ignorance. Is it all worth it? Definitely not. At the end of the day, what matters is trying to be REAL. I remember a very classic line in a movie that goes this way: “Kahit bihisan at paliguan mo ang squatter, umaalingawngaw pa rin ang baho ng isang squatter” No offense. This is just a line in a Sharon-Cherie Gil movie. But isn’t it that no matter how you try to be someone else, you can just can seem to be that someone else.
Real people are those who speak up their minds. Real people are happy people. They are accepted for who they are. Fake people live miserable lives. They create a world full of illusions. A world of make-believe. They blame people for their miseries. But one thing is for sure — I’m comfortable with my own skin. I work with passion and dedication. I continue to learn. I learn from my mistakes. I work hard in order to get what I want. I don’t use others for convenience. I acknowledge that I’m not a good singer nor a dancer. I acknowledge that I can’t get everything I want. I acknowledge that I have little success in lotteries and raffle draws. Most of all, I’m happy for the success of others.
How about you? Are you REAL or FAKE?
Let’s end this post by pretending that this post never existed. Let’s pretend that everything is FAKE in this post. Whoever reads this post, is ignorant and lame.
So would you still believe that I and you are still pretending with each other through this blog post?
If you have finished reading this post without scratching your head, one thing is for sure – I’m back with a vengeance. Happy Reading!