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    Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some.” – John Keats (english romantic poet 1795-1821)

    I don’t know exactly what time is it, the song Life is a Highway by Tom Cochran is being played on the radio when suddenly,  I see a slim teenager waving her thumb.


    I decided to stop my car, a gesture of trust which I never did before every time I see a hitchhiker. This time I sense a feeling of familiarity when I opened my window and asked her: “where are you heading?”

    “No where, I just needed a ride”, she said. I opened my door and let her in. I decided to invite someone into my personal space. I’m the driver and host,  she’s my guest.

    The song Life is a Highway is still playing and she quipped: “the road is rough”!  I sensed she is not referring to the physical road but to life itself. I begin to ask some questions yet respecting her personal space.

    Ross:                          Where are you going?

    Hitchhiker:               I don’t know. I ran away from home!

    Ross:                           Oh! How old are you?

    Hitchhiker:                I ‘m old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Chronologically, I’m 16.

    Ross:                          Do you have any other interest aside from hitchhiking? (trying to avoid the topic of her previous statement)

    Hitchhiker:               I’m a very sociable person. I ‘m quite known in our campus as a school player in some sports like volleyball, basketball and chess. I’m a choreographer, sometimes I direct plays. Because of these activities, I have a lot of supporters and friends around me plus a dozen of enemies too!  Uhmn, I’m not being conceited , okay? It’s just a fact and this is what irks my father the most! He doesn’t like the crowd I’m getting into or maybe because I skip school a lot! The classroom bores me. It limits my pace and way of thinking. I would have appreciated if they would change uhhmn …it into a “Socratic method of teaching!”

    Ross:              (listening attentively, avoiding to be judgemental)

    Hitchhiker:          My father thinks I’m not smart and wise…that I should learn to live his “surname”…to carry it with dignity!

    Geez, he even cut off my allowance and grounded me for truancy. I thought of showing him I’m not that stupid at all!  Can I smoke?

    Ross:                Sure you can. I opened the window, the free wind blowing through my hair carried too many similar settings in my life. Her story is my story too.  I reach out for a stick myself. The puff of smoke silently waited for the next cue.

    Hitchiker:                    With aplomb she continued…I ran away to show them I can live life by myself. It has been a week now since then. I left without carrying extra clothes and with just five pesos in my pocket. Now, look what I have now. She showed me her backpack full of things she needed for the travel and money.

    Ross:                             What did you do then?
    Hitchhiker:                   Laughingly she said, oh…when my friends found out about my situation, they collected money for me and offered their home for me to stay. I wrote poems, love letters, essays, school themes and term papers for some students who are too lazy to think! I did part-time choreography and street painting for money also. I live my day without worrying. I spend my day without hearing someone taunting my incapacity or misdeeds.

    Maybe you’ll ask me what did I gain? Well, I have accepted myself. My failures, my mess ups, my life.  I am what I am, because this is how God made me.  I will never stop even when the road is rough!  Isn’t it cool?

    Ross:                     The breeze continued to caress my memories…I’m hearing the same words, same experiences too many years back!

    Smilingly, I replied… The sad truth, is this: You are just beginning to experience the millions of ways, both great and small, which your Dad and Mom had or will embarrass you during this phase of your life. They don’t do it on purpose. There are times when they seem appallingly clueless, hopelessly out of touch and fundamentally incapable of understanding your music, your friends and your priorities.

    When it happens, I’m asking you to please remember that they are doing their best to keep up with you and that the truth is, though the external appearance of the culture or generation may change, there really aren’t that many things it can throw at you that they haven’t already faced/been through/learned from. And if you let them, they can actually be a pretty handy source of information and (dare I say it?) wisdom.

    In spite of all the conflicts of perspective between your adult parents and teenager like you, your Dad and Mom will be sticking by your side every step of the way, helping you navigate and cheering you on. They will always be there for you.. They’ll be easy to spot…just look inside your heart.

    The life period you are living in now is a sketch of your whole future. You must understand yourself and the people around you and find harmony.
    There are many people who can help you or can hurt you.
    The only wish I have for you is to find your own way in this life and not to regret about your choice.

    Hitchhiker:                  Pensively, she said smilingly. I will remember that. I will not regret of my choice.  Uhmmn…there’s a crossroad ahead. I’ll take off now. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.

    Ross:                            Ok…By the way, what ‘s your name?

    Hitchhiker:                   Ross!

    As she gently closed my car’s door, I just realized I met my own teenage self…she’s now at the crossroad…thinking perhaps which way to choose.

    A’journey…this is my reply to your meme . If someone would ask me if there is anything in my life that I should change if given a chance, my answer will be: NONE!

    I will thread the same road all over again, not regretting any choice, bad or good!

    Borrowing the words of a hitchhiker , please allow me to allude hitchhiking as our way to survive in this life:

    Have no expectations, hitchhiking opens one up to marvelous experiences and planning puts a block on anything wonderous that may come your way. It’s better to not be in a hurry, when you hitchhike you are on the whims of life and the best one can do is hang on and LEARN. Hitchhiking is tough and requires a solid mentality, it’s a good way to discover your weaknesses and strengths. It is important to pay attention to your surroundings and be aware!” – Rajam aka roaddog

    This meme is originally from Camille passed on to me by A’s Journey.

    It is supposed to be a  conversation between your present self and your teenage self… What would you tell your yournger self?

    I would like to tag (please reply on your own free will) ReynaElena, C5, Chuva, Betty and anyone who would like to try this meme.



    I have climbed several higher mountains without guide or path, and have found, as might be expected, that it takes only more time and patience commonly than to travel the smoothest highway.” – Henry David Thoreau (American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862

    There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone.” – Jerry Garcia

    Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success.” – Og Mandino (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)

    On the highway of life, we most often recognize happiness out of the rear view mirror.” – Frank Tyger

    The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who…looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space…on the infinite highway of the air.” -Wilbur Wright (American Inventor and aviation pioneer. Brother of Orville Wright. 1867-1912)

    A man’s conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn’t do / but it does not keep him from doing it.” – Frank Clark

    We cannot well do without our sins; they are the highway of our virtue.” – Henry David Thoreau (American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862)

    The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” – C.S. Lewis (British Scholar and Novelist. 1898-1963)

    The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin (American Actress and Comedian. Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003.b.1939)

    The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.” – Dale Carnegie (American lecturer, author, 1888-1955)

    In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.” – Ayn Rand (Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)

    All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.” – Anonymous

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    And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” — Kahlil Gibran

    Yesterday while I was in a Wi Fi Hotspot area in Milan browsing my emails, I overheard another girl sniffling quietly at her computer. A glance in her direction revealed a live Web-cam feed of a young man alongside an instant-messaging chat box. She typed her goodbye, closed the window containing his image, and wiped her eyes before walking away.


    I felt a powerful emotional punch inside me. I saw myself in her, we are both living a long distance relationship or LDR in short. I remember my “significant other” I left in Manila. A fresh memory of a warm body and a smiling face next to me is what I have now. My laptop and my mobile phone substituted that loving figure. Every waking hour, my hand would search out for my cp under my pillow to check if there’s any message from my “special one”.  As I stand up, still half awake, I would turn on my pc wanting to know if an email from my “partner” has reached my inbox and as I walk slowly inside the bathroom, my heart wishes for a short call, where my ears could hear a voice whispering ” I love You”, ” I miss you”, ” Take care”, or whatever.

    These “technological intimacies” are all I need to perk up my day.

    Being into a long distance relationship means we have to meet halfway. My sunrise would mean my partner’s sunset. It means passing our day without synchronization of our feelings, needs, desires or brain waves. Sometimes, anger or discouragement creeps in, particularly, when one is having a rotten day and a loving presence is necessary at that given moment but ends up frustrated because the “other half” is still sleeping!

    Every sunset I feel a struggle between  what I’ll call my “Euro-Self” and my “Fil-Self”. My euro-self is experiencing positive cash flows, is marveling at europe’s historical, art and cultural heritage and is talking in different language. While my Fil-self, the loving partner and soon to be entrepreneur has been temporarily left behind!

    Should I give up? I don’t think so. Long distance relationship is challenging and difficult but is NOT impossible! I believe it has the same chance of succeeding as any other relationship. Trust, honesty and communication are important ingredients plus adding creativity will make the waiting less painful.

    With the right amount of effort and interest on both parts, a long distance relationship can survive the obstacles it will frequently be challenged with. As long as we both refresh our memories of why we chose to do this in the first place, trust each other, inform one another of our personal lives, keep in touch, avoid guilt-tripping, and visit, our relationship can turn out to be one of the most successful and happy relationships that ever existed.  Achieving these, both of us will be secure, happy and satisfied until the day comes when we will re-unite for good and build our wonderful future together

    Meeting halfway  while waiting is our commitment because we believe in love …and perhaps we’ll be following our “destiny” (?) who knows!

    They say: “Love which has been tested by distance, time and obstacles, and has passed, is true love“.
    Therefore, I say to myself and to you: Don’t let discouragement gets in your way!

    One last thing, experiencing a long distance relationship with my “significant other” is like living my faith in God. It’s like a long distance relationship  too. I don’t see Him physically BUT I can feel His love for me. He doesn’t send sms, emails or fax but His gestures of assurances of His presence through the people I meet or interact everyday; His language through the beauty of nature and my daily experiences in life suffice to tell me: He is with me!

    It’s cool to be loved even if I don’t see the person…just like my online friends here! 🙂

    Long distance relationship is possible.

    What do you think?



    There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot

    Loving you from a distance has taught me that even though it hurts, it’s all worth it when I get to see you smile and hold you in my arms for the first time in months … it has taught me that true love doesn’t care about the distance, nor does it care about the age difference. It has taught me that even though it’s hard to miss you, you’re always in my dreams. It has taught me the true meaning of lonliness, and of the true beauty of the stars. I think that us being apart has only strengthened our friendship, and I know that next time you come home … we’ll be just like we were before.” – Anonymous

    Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” – Thomas Fuller

    Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.” – Francois de la Rouchefoucauld

    Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” – Richard Bach

    I looked in all the places you aren’t. I just can’t find the places you are. I only know that you are where I am not.” – Winnie the Pooh

    “And I will love him no matter what you say. You are simply too immature to understand that love does stretch for miles and miles. So you just be an immature little kid looking for love in all the wrong places, and I will be content with mine right where it is, not all those miles away, but in my heart, and in his heart, where distance does not matter.” – Anonymous

    If I go away
    What would still remain of me?
    The ghost within your eyes?
    The whisper in your sighs?
    You see…
    And I’m always there.” – Jon Oliva

    Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” – Kay Nudsen

    In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.” – Hans Nouwens

    That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.” – George Eliot

    Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” – Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

    If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? – Stephen Levine

    Think of me fondly when we’ve said good bye. Remember me, once in a while. Please promise me you’ll try. When you find that once again you long to take your heart back and be free, if you ever find a moment spare a thought for me.” – Andrew Webber, “Phantom of the Opera”

    And what we got is something special, and what we are is a perfect match, and three-thousand miles can never come between us. No matter what we do it’s always you and me.” – Juliana theory, “Goodnight Starlight”

    Saying good-bye to you today is the hardest thing i’ll ever have to do, and when i get back, i can honestly swear that i’ll never do it again. I love you now for what we’ve already shared, and I love you now in anticipation for all that’s to come. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. I miss you already, but i’m sure in my heart that you’ll be with me always. In the few days i spent with you, you became my dream.'” – Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

    More Long Distance Quotes to follow…


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