29 June 2012

While 'Spring' Cleaning.


I spring-clean every three months, especially the areas in my house where I am bound to accumulate things -- my shoe closet and work space. I clean, segregate, and purge. I used to do this only once or twice a year (spring cleaning, that is), but I realized that I could hoard so many things in just six months. There was a time I gave away about 40 pairs of shoes. The horror. So now, if I don't touch something for straight three months, that means, I do not need it. I either throw them or give them away. I don't really need much (well, except shoes).

Look what I found while spring cleaning? Old things I thought I'd thrown away. I can't even imagine I held on to these. On the left are some of my final grades in college (those are major subjects). I realized most of my grades were between 1.5-1.8, except maybe in Theology and other minor subjects (I got flat ones there) and mathematics (hello, 2.5)! I realized, too, that I didn't do so bad considering I wasn't a very diligent student. I spent most of my time on the streets (joining a rally), or in the school paper, or traveling on a student conference or something, or on rehearsals for whatever stage play I was part of.

On the right are some of my work IDs and conference nametags I started accumulating when I was 25. I have more tucked away in a shoebox. Now, I don't know what to do with them. Roy (a brother by choice) said I should keep them. "One of the very good things to feed the nostalgia," he said.

I found a lot of certificates, too, which I'd long forgotten. They all reminded me of the short courses I had taken -- microsoft, html programming, marketing (my group won first place in the final assignment), fine arts, communications, etc. I love to learn new things. And if I had all the time in the world, I probably had taken more courses.

Well, I guess, I'm going to keep all these as, perhaps, proof that I did something worthwhile, that I existed, that I didn't just waste my time, that I was brave enough to chase after my dreams.


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Dea July 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM  

Oh, you're from USJR! My dad earned his doctorate degree there, he'd travel once a month to Cebu for it. :)

Aileen July 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM  

Dea said...
Oh, you're from USJR! My dad earned his doctorate degree there, he'd travel once a month to Cebu for it. :)

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That's wonderful to know, Dea! :) They do have good programmes there. :)

Liza July 6, 2012 at 5:54 AM  

I have a hard time purging, only because I love old things and I like the feeling of running into them one day. They bring back beautiful--and sometimes hurtful memories, but they are memories.

Aileen July 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

Liza said...
I have a hard time purging, only because I love old things and I like the feeling of running into them one day. They bring back beautiful--and sometimes hurtful memories, but they are memories.

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I'm like you, I find it difficult to purge, too. But there are things I really have to let go. I'm keeping the ones that are too precious to throw away - letters, for example. :)

julai July 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM  

Yes, keep them Ate kay sayang ug ilabog. ug sa dihang na shock ko sa 40 pairs of shoes nga gipanghatag. I want to see your shoe collection Ate kay feeling naho mas daghan pa kay sa ka Imelda.hehehe.

I love keeping things, too, Ate especially the ones with sentimental value. I had with me in a box after my college years an envelope full of quiz papers during college and Mama said to just throw them away, but I didn´t. I just hope nga wapa to nila gilabog ky dugay na lba ko wa ka uli.hehhe

Aileen September 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM  

Hi Jul! Dili pud parehas kang Imelda kadaghan akong shoes. :) Not even close! :)

It's nice to keep things with sentimental value, right? I do not have the heart to throw away letters!

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