March 1, 2016 | 12:33 p.m.

Kumasta – Hello in Tagalog

Hello. I hope you are all doing well. I am sorry I have not been blogging for the past few days. I am back at home, and I have been adjusting. I have been getting many things done. I wanted to commemorate today because today will be the first day I will be voting in a government election. Yes, I have voted in school elections, but this is different. First, I have to apply to vote because now I am 18. I am exercising my right as a citizen to. Not everyone gets to do that. It is crazy that people have to risk their lives to get this privilege that many people take for granted. There is so much work that needs to be done in the United Stated, and the first step is to get involved. This also builds up to my theme for the past few days, and that is the idea of being able to choose.

I had a very long conversation with my sister since I am back home for the week. I discussed with her about things I talk about in my blog. She can see that I am happier, and I feel more comfortable with myself. I processed this with myself already. I saw another level of myself when I was talking to my sister. It was the same topic that I have written about, but now with another human I created a different perspective about it. I think since I do not really verbalize my feelings I was overwhelmed. I started to cry. I then became embarassed, but after it seemed so relieving to get it out. It was another way to find some closure to the things I have been trying to come to terms with. My sister is also going through things that I have gone through, so it was cool I had some basis on giving her advice on her life. I was owning up to my big sister role.

We are all put in different situations. Most of the time it is situations in which we cannot control. We are let loose, and we are up to our own devices. The only thing we can control is how we see things. I used to feel so bad for myself, and I used to always see the bad. Now I am in a different place in my life where I can see how I can rise up to the challenge. I know I will be thrown obstacles, but it is my choice to choose what I want to do for myself. I will rise up, and I will  use my right to choose!

Thank you very much, and I hope you have a very good day!

-Alyssa

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