I suppose that having more time at home during summer has led me to renew my blog. Writing a post comes easy for me. There’s just one part of it that is so nerve-wracking: deciding what title I should use.

It is nerve-wracking and seemingly impossible to think of a great title for my posts. That title of my previous post was inspired by a Britney Spears song, and I couldn’t think of a better one back then. Often, I ask my mom what title it should be. She has two reactions:

a) She tells me I should think of one on my own,

b) She gives suggestions.

I always give my post a title when I’m done typing up the post. You start with an idea in your head, but that idea is not the title itself. That idea propels your writing, and when you’re done, gives you the job of giving that post a title. Really. Hard.

Now, as I think of the titles I put on my blog posts (I think it’s starting to get narcissistic and stuck-up), they are so varied. Some were inspired by a commercial tagline promoting the Philippines (More fun in the Philippines), one was inspired by a song (Oops… I did it again), some were my own ideas and some were Mom’s suggestions.

I write my title last. It has become a habit for me, because I believe that my content should define the title, and not the other way around. However, homework is an exception, when you are forced to write related stuff under a certain title. That method is slightly easier only if another person has imposed the title.

Now, what title should this be?

Oops!…I’m an HP fan

Harry Potter. What comes into your mind? Suffice to say, even though you might not have read any of his books, you can say he is The Boy Who Lived, after surviving the killing curse, or the Avada Kedavra. 

I’m of a Christian religion, and I have been taught that Harry Potter has magic, which displeases God, but I can still say that he is wonderful.

After all, books let us enter their world of fantasies, where we can escape reality for a while.

I’m a Harry Potter fan. I wouldn’t be called that if I didn’t take various quizzes about Harry Potter and getting high marks. I computed what year he went to Hogwarts. I read and re-read his books. I watched all the movies. I watched all videos about facts on Harry Potter. I get mad at Harry Potter’s enemies. Too bad my Harry Potter fantasies can only be shared with only one friend in my batch. 😿

Harry Potter has a lot of mysteries woven in the book. As you read, you will find things that may seem normal and weird, and later on, you will find the explanation. Why has Gilderoy Lockhart seemed to fail at every single thing he has done, even though his books show otherwise? It turns out that he was a fraud (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book Two). 

One HP (Harry Potter) debate you have probably heard of before was our debate on whether Professor Snape is good or evil. Well, it turns out he was originally evil, since he was a Death Eater, but he crossed over to become good. No wonder everyone was confused on how come Dumbledore trusts Snape and why he killed Dumbledore. Also, even though the Malfoys were evil, they were unfairly accused of almost every bad event that happened.

Almost all the characters had some lesson to give out. Here:

“Me! Books! And cleverness! There are more important things-friendship and bravery…” -Hermione Granger

“I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.” – Harry Potter

“That’s chess! You’ve got to make some sacrifices! I take one step forward and the queen takes me – that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!” – Ron Weasley

“Don’t trust something that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps it’s brain.” – Arthur Weasley

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – Ginny Weasley

“Wit above measure is man’s greatest treasure.” -Luna Lovegood

“Only the difference between truth and lies is courage and cowardice.” – Professor McGonagall

“There is no good or evil, only power, and those too weak too seek it.” – Professor Quirrell

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black

“It is our choices, Harry, that defines what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore.

Harry Potter gives a lot of lessons, if not values, that we can apply into our lives. It can justify your argument on why we should still keep reading Harry Potter. By the way, I recommend you read the whole series. Thank you!

ADHD: Puberty, Different Worries and the Search for a Normal Life

I drafted this post on yellow pad paper, while I thought of what to write. My brain declared what I wrote.

I’m diagnosed with ADHD. I’m about to enter my puberty stage, where acne starts getting worse,  I need to take a shower at night because I stink. Friendship issues become more complicated (I wish someone would give advice on how to resolve friendship issues). How do I cope? Well, for me, I  become: the introvert, the guide counselor, the audience, the stand-up comedian, the news reporter, and the nerd. In our class, you have to adapt to the latest fads.

Anyway, here are the things I have to worry about:

I worry about talking too much, and finding social cues that will determine whether I will talk or keep quiet.

I worry about submitting requirements most of the time, which lowers my grades.

I worry about being able to focus on my studying, because I easily get distracted.

Enough of the worries, let me tell you what things I can do:

I can understand almost any topic in class.

I am a bookworm, which means words come to me easily.

I love Math with its numbers, letters, and operations.

Let me tell you something: A brain with ADHD craves a lot of stimuli, which is easily found in social media, and other favorite things. That stimuli distracts us from something b-o-r-i-n-g to something FUN.

I try my best to be normal, just like everyone else. Every day, though, I still have to take Concerta once. (I’ll wean off them soon). Which means: “You’re not everyone”, my mom said. Sometimes, life rears its ugly head, leaving me in tears. Still, it also shows its beautiful side, and I am filled with joy. Regardless of your condition, life has a lot of ups and downs for all of us. It’s up to ourselves to decide what to do with it.