It takes so much for me to get upset, or to even feel extreme dislike for another person because I would never want anyone to despise me the same way. But one thing that most people don’t realize is that I am also capable of getting mad. That behind the smiles and laughter, and my projected naivete, I am just but human like everybody else. I have my own limitations and I acknowledge facts that make me imperfect. And if I will list all my flaws, it will probably be twice more than anybody else’s. And I know that. I am fully aware of that. And that is the reason I imposed one rule upon myself. That is: Keeping quiet when I got nothing good to say. I’ve been doing pretty good at that… and despite of words repeatedly thrown at my face, I still try to be graceful. And no matter how I force myself to slash a come back, I can’t even say something so insulting to degrade even the most evil of all people. I couldn’t. I won’t and I never will.

There is a natural good in every person. But also, let us not forget that there is another side to everyone as well. Treat others the way you want to be treated. What you do and your choice of words say a lot about you, your background in life and the level of education you finished. Simply carrying a degree is not a measure of intelligence. Because if it is, then my Mom and my Dad are geniuses for finishing their PhD’s. Or that my brother is a genius for being a Physical Therapist and a Nurse. Or that I too should be considered a genius for finishing my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as my Bachelor of Science in Nursing! What the heck! I might as well declare the Philippines a country of smart people because most Filipinos go to school and finish degree after degree after degree! Oh yeah, and language? In today’s world, people should not even be subjected to any act of discriminating judgment regarding the usage of a particular language. I for one believe that my accent and my diction is a reflection of my individuality. Speaking a particular language more fluently is not and will never be used to establish or ascertain who has the higher level of reasoning, understanding and/or aptitude.

I came to the US equipped with everything I know I need: support from my family, education and courage. I am very confident in my ability to provide what is ask of me and to use available resources to come up with a solution. It is not my desire to change something in me that is there from the very start just for me to belong. Neither will I be tolerant of anyone who draws their happiness from my weaknesses. My point is just clear and simple: No one has the right to be judgmental over anybody. We all have different backgrounds in life and what you see on the outside is just the surface. Underneath is a complex factor of someone’s origin and culture, his/her level or kind of schooling, and the class or status in life he/she maintains. So unless you know someone inside-out, RESPECT is always the right tool. You give it away and it will come right back to you…