The Day I Needed My Handkerchief

Yesterday, while I was doing my assignments, one of my schoolmates called me, she said “Mark, you are needed at the computer room”. So I kept my things and went straight to where I was told to go but I’ve noticed something strange with my schoolmate’s eyes, they were red, like she have just cried. The idea that I will need my handkerchief popped into my head so I returned to our classroom and retrieved it.

Before I opened the door, I asked myself “Why would they summon me here?”. But I didn’t want them to be kept waiting so I knocked, opened it then entered. There were only four people inside, our Student Affairs Coordinator, SBO Adviser, Level Coordinator and our highly respected Guidance Counselor and I was like, “What on Earth have I done?” and then I found out that it’s for selecting the AY Foundation Awardee for this year.

At first they were just asking about school stuff, like “Why do you think your classmates recommended you for this?” and whatnot. It went just like a casual interview but not with casual people. Then they have dug deeper into my personal life. They asked questions about my life outside the four corners of our classroom and beyond the gates of our school, about my family, and about myself. The way they spoke those words, it gave me a sudden change of mood. While answering them I have never expected myself to shed tears, not in front of them, not in front of anybody else. And it’s my first time for this year!

They have offered me tissues but I said I have brought with me my handkerchief [so that’s  the purpose!]. I have never felt this way before but to know that they have shared with you the thoughts you can’t voice out feels like I have defied gravity at its finest. Before I left, I thanked them for listening even though my voice trembled during the interview. And they have also asked me to summon another person there.

Then I thought, they’ll make another person cry. 🙂

Yes we can!


This is my very first post so I just want to make it somewhat inspirational in my own way. Well I reckon I maybe “not that good” type but I hope you’ll like it. :))

Bethany Hamilton succinctly puts, “I don’t need easy… I need possible.” When I watched this movie, I never expected that it was a true to life story of a surfer, nor did I imagine that someone, undergoing such circumstances, will manage to surpass this challenge of life. But for a matter of minutes I have made myself believe, that as long as we think that we can do it, we can really do it.

Life as we know it is full of challenges and adventures. It is just like crossing a vast ocean, the waves are the adventures, the ship is our life, and we are the captains of our ships. We cannot expect to have a clear and smooth sail as we journey along the way. Perhaps, there will be storms that would turn the skies pitch black and would make the waves roar like tigers in the wild. At this point in time now will be the moment that might bring you up, or turn you down. Remember, you are the only captain of your ship. It is in your hands on how to handle such kinds of fate, good or bad.

The problem in the society is, most of us easily get intimidated by other people before we ought to try something. Blinded by insecurity and the lack of confidence, we fail to realize the essence of being the only captain of our ships because we consider first what others think instead of having our mind and heart decide for our own.

Anything is possible in this world where we live. It’s just that many of us think the other way around because they failed to try. Believe me, we will not learn much through the “easy way”. Maybe it might make things possible but I reckon, the more we risk ourselves to try, the more possible things will be.