What first comes to mind when you hear the phrase “taken for granted“?

Being used?

Being taken advantage of?

Not appreciated for what you are there for, have to offer, and can do?

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I was so desperate for him to love me, to want me, to fight for me that I was literally grateful for any mere scrap of effort. I’d made so many excuses for his inability to treat me well that even the smallest gesture was amplified in my head.

Did I hit a spot?

Most people are able to relate to this quote.

If you are OR were a martyr in love, I’m 101% sure you’ve been in this situation and like everywhere else, you’re coined as someone stupid or desperate.

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Being a working student is not an easy feat.

You feel that 24/7 is not enough for all the things you want to do.
You have to schedule everything.
You always lack sleep yet you have to have energy all the time.
You account your money and make sure you can get by until the next payday.
You decide how you’re gonna get by the next day when you’re already short.
You forget to eat or don’t as much as you used to.
Crackers and water becomes your best friends.
You don’t get to spend time with friends.
You have to apologize for every occasion you miss.
You look for another job just to meet ends, if possible.

That’s just a part of it.

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There was only one institution that I wanted to go to for college, but aside from the fact that I didn’t make it on the quota, my family thought it was very far. I was ready to apply for another course, even if I didn’t specify one but they really didn’t want me to. Geez, it was like 15mins away without traffic, add it to the things that they exaggerate.

Reluctantly I enrolled to the school, which was walking distance from our house and costs more than my choice, but I took the course that I wanted too. Not nursing, not any course that my relatives took.

Slowly, changes happened and life became difficult. It was not because of my course load nor my list of Computer Science core subjects that I am encountering for the first time.

It’s because I can’t afford to study anymore.

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I used to live a life where I was always playing safe. I think being brought up in a sheltered environment made me that way. I don’t play outside with other kids, unless I am in school. I had a service from grade school up to 2nd year high school. I don’t go out alone to the mall and the places that I know is just my hometown and the mall nearest our house.

All of that changed in high school. I learned to play computer games. I get to go to my classmate’s house for projects/practice. I get to commute everyday on my own.

And a lot of firsts in college. I don’t say I already tried everything that there is. I still have a lot ahead of me. Things that people tell me I have to try to do because it’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s interesting, etc. To live each day as if it’s the last, to live life to the fullest. And this is where this quote comes in.

I do things that I love, I decide on my own, I do what makes me happy.. As long as it’s not against my principles in life.

Even if it means I stand alone. 🙂

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I’m the type of person who doesn’t gamble on stuff, with or without money involved. It’s against my belief that I people have to put in line money in order to prove something. I said, gamble, not take risk nor not try my luck.

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