Photo is a float of a flying fish submitted to the Annual UP Lantern Parade (2012) by the then sophomores of the very talented Block Y. UP Fine Arts.
I'm scared a lot of the time. It seems like the older I get, the more afraid I am. I'm scared of the future, the vast unknowability of what may or may not happen. I'm scared of the thousands of possible futures I may be throwing away (or not be throwing away) whenever I choose a certain path. I'm scared my parents won't accept my girlfriend. I'm scared that I may not pass my midterms. I'm scared that I'll grow old and alone.
All that stops now.
I know I can't be brave all the time but I try to be. I'm older now, I know more about the world. The future's myriad of possibilities should be embraced and explored. Yes, there are thousands upon thousands of possible paths to take, but this is the one I've chosen so I'm going to pour my heart into it. I will fill my life with laughter, friends, and love. I will make peace with the maelstrom that are my parents. The girl I'm currently dating is wonderful, beautiful and smart. Smarter than I will ever be. My happiness with her is not dependent on what other people think. I'll work hard in school. I have friends. Good friends.