The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and Mobile Legends. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Renee Alexis has read 0 books toward her goal of 50 books.

Into the late 20's

Dubai Miracle Garden
It was the end of a decade... but the start of an age.

Before I turn 26 tomorrow, I just thought I would sit down and relive what happened in the last 25 years of my life. What a life! And I'm not even half-way through it - hopefully.

The past decade has been a whim. Back in 2009, I remember I was just an incoming freshman, finding her way through the new city she just moved into. Everything was new and I didn't have friends to show me around. I was excited and at the same time scared by the fact that I was venturing into unknown territory. I grew up in a cocoon where I knew everything and everyone, and to be pushed out of my comfort zone was a huge change I was not prepared for.

Looking back, I've had so many fond memories I wish I could live through again. Memories like meeting my best friends for the first time, joining a small-time school pageant and winning it (!!!), earning money from my very first job, getting my diploma and celebrating that success with the people I love most, getting dolled up for our Junior Prom, shopping for back-to-school items with my mom and brother, singing along while my father plays the guitar during blackouts, the long bus rides home I use to take; singing lullabies to the twins to make them go to sleep; riding the bike and racing down the road with my brother and then getting a huge scrape on the knee after falling down; playing Mario Kart with my childhood best friend; falling in love for the first time; getting that passing grade I worked hard for; buying my first book. Simple, mundane things. 

Dubai Miracle Garden
In this last day of the year, despite being thousands of miles away from my family, I feel nostalgic reminiscing through the fleeting memories I had of what once was. Life is kinda tricky, don't you think? When I was younger, I wished I could speed up time so I can be a grown-up already and be as free as a bird. Now that I'm heading into my late 20's, oh how I wish I could go back. I would give everything up if I can go back to that life I had before. A life without all of its complexities today. A life where everything was simple and all I had to worry about were my grades and my chores at home.

It would seem inapt to say this myself, but I can pretty much say that I grew up well - character-wise. I'm far from perfect but my parents raised their children well and I will always be grateful for all the values they taught me. 

As I turn 26 tomorrow, I aspire to be more forgiving - in all aspects. More forgiving towards the people who wronged me, towards the people who irritated me with no apparent reason, towards people whom I get jealous to. More forgiving towards the things I want but can't have, towards the invisible forces that deny me the things that I want to happen, towards circumstantial things that give me all the unwanted trouble. And most of all, I want to be more forgiving to myself. More forgiving about the fact that I'm just human and I can't do everything; more forgiving about the fact that I, too, make mistakes; more forgiving about the fact that even if I'm already a grown-up, there are still a lot of things that I do not know and have yet to learn. 

I have been blessed to have been given another year to work on and improve myself. 2019 has molded and shaped me into a whole other figure I didn't expect I could be. And the brokenness I experienced was just another challenge that made my faith even stronger than before. 

In the new year that's about to come, I wish for emotional and spiritual growth, for prosperity, and always, for happiness. A lot of things are about to come my way, I feel it. And I know that with God beside me, anything is possible. 

Happy New Year, everyone! xx


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