Wednesday, March 2

for dawn, who is beautiful.

there is no tragedy far worse than the feeling of being unloved, or more damning, the feeling of being unlovable.

this was what i had gathered from my friend dawn in one of our recent conversations after we have lost touch for quite some time.

dawn was a blockmate in diliman, and after having graduated with honors in college, she immediately went to singapore where, apart from being suddenly immersed in a foreign culture, she had her first boyfriend — a singaporean whom she believed was her first true love.

ang hirap dito clyde.. hindi lang yung buhay ang fast-paced, pati yung love life, parang fast-tracked na rin...

and it seemed that while we were conversing, her pain was as palpable as that of a wound that had been sustained for the first time, although hers was, from what i felt, deliberately inflicted — and it had cut her deep.

dawn, who was the sweetest and most thoughtful blockmate that i had in college, suddenly appeared cold, broken and lifeless to me — because unfortunately, her first relationship was with a foreign man who was neither warm, thoughtful, nor caring. and after she took pains to understanding him, and tried changing her ways just to make the relationship work, he had left her without a proper goodbye, and he had moved on to someone new.

i have always been awful at giving advice, and i know i do not always have the most consoling words when a friend needs rescuing, but this time, comforting words came naturally to me. perhaps it was because i have been in a similar situation before, or i knew that heartaches were one of the the hardest afflictions to cure — but i felt her pain at that instant, and i knew that no human being deserved to be treated that way.

move on.. you are a good catch.. and i’m sure you will find someone new..

'it’s not that.. madami namang nanliligaw.. but i choose to move away, because i feel like they will shatter me to pieces again if i let them near my heart..

it got me thinking: some of us can be most cruel, without us even knowing that the pain inflicted may be irreversible. that people, after having been tormented and broken, will sometimes choose to be distant and detached — all for preserving their self-worth and protecting what self-respect they have left.

and although i did not see her cry before me, her words bore the wounds of a fragile heart that was so carelessly shattered into pieces.

i knew she just needed to heal, but i was seriously afraid that it might take a long time for her to be her old self again. because apart from not having the same support system that she had back here, she had fatalistically submitted that perhaps, it is inevitable that the coldness of her fast-paced lifestyle would get to her, so there was no use in fighting the steady onslaught of coldness that was fast seeping into her sensibilities.

but i mourn for her, and for everyone else who had to go through such a painful journey, because no one deserves to feel cursed, nor be convinced that they are unlovable. it’s just that some people are innately evil, and sometimes, they prey upon people who are capable of so much affection.

as for my friend dawn, i know she will be okay. but for now, i will just let her be and let her heal — because i know that after everything subsides,

she will once again see how beautiful she really is.


Mu[g]en said...

Sometimes, we just have to let things run its natural course, believe me when I say this: We live because we love. :)

Spiral Prince said...

keep reminding her of her worth clyde :) she'll make it through :)

Will said...

Hope she's doing okay. We mustn't blame ourselves for having failed relationships. Everyone deserves a second chance in finding true love.

claudiopoi said...

yun nga ang ginagawa ko. pero her story really moved me to tears. of all people, siya pa talaga. :|

i know sooner or later, people get jaded. but sometimes, the moment of brokenness can be so painful and unexpected.

just the same, i always tell her na she will move on in time. and she will be happy once more.

Carlo said...

It'll get better. She will. We all will.

I miss you friend. Paramdam minsan ha. wag busy lagi :D

gillboard said...

i guess this is what happens when ideals meet real life. sometimes when we don't get what we expect we think what happened to us is what is the norm.

claudiopoi said...

carlo, yes, she will. and she has to. oie, nagpaparamdam naman ako noh. yung gyera mo muna ang atupagin mo. :)

gillboard, i think real life does not have to be that bad. nagkataon lang na nagkamali siya ng napili. kasi personally, i believe na there are people who are as awesome as herself. yun nga lang, asshole kaagad ang naging unang boyfriend nya.

glentot said...

If you're no good at giving advice, I'm worse, because my advice would be like what I tell all my friends who have been in this kind of situation: Be a bitch. Toughen up. Your parents didn't spend all that effort in raising you just so some asshole can make you feel like you're worthless, mahiya ka naman sa mga magulang mo. So pick yourself up, wear your best pair of panties (or don't wear any) and go out and party. Bitches have all the fun in the world. It's the weaklings who get pushed around.

JLBalagot said...

i like glentot's comment/advice. and my advise is:

"if you are in a sea of sharks, then be a shark!"

badet said...

@poi: rejection is always an overwhelming thing and coldness creeps in easily into someone who feels broken. so as a friend, be a source of warmth. remind her that all storms pass by eventually, and that it is "always darkest before dawn" :) help her to look forward to more positive things. because if in the past she had been at least quite happy, it can only mean that the future holds better things

@glentot & JL: she can try to be a bitch for a while but eventually, if she finds that it is really not in her nature, it would be like asking her to just numb her heart and willingly embrace the coldness