Snap and Ponder: Sunrise – Being Yourself

Introducing #SnapAndPonder! It’s been a while since I’m traveling a lot and taking photos were always part of the hobby. This weekly series shows my best photo for the previous week and ponders stories or thoughts I want to share.

To start with, this week’s #SnapAndPonder is a photo of an iconic sunrise taken at Iligan City Public Wet Market last October 17, 2016.

“A new day has dawning giving you another chance to make a difference in the world” – Anonymous

What makes you unique? What makes you different? What makes you special?

Those are some questions I ponder every time I want to bring out my introvert side. These questions are commonly heard, commonly said but were sometimes taken out of context which leads to misunderstanding and conflict. Does it make any sense answering these mind-boggling questions? Will it make a difference when you know the answers? When and how you can realize the answers?

Each of us has its own way of living life with different personalities, different perspective and different mindset. You may not notice but there’s always a difference.

Have you had times that you were understood differently? Have you had times that you were into a conflict that you don’t know what exactly you just did? People in nature create conflicts but it always boils down to deep understanding and respect.

Do you have to adapt to the people you interact just to get along? Do you need to compromise yourself just for the benefit of the others? Well, if you’re selfless enough, you are willing to change and sacrifice your happiness for the people around you.

For me, you don’t have to change yourself just because people dislike your attitude, hates what you do, disperse what you think and criticize every action you make because it’s YOU, it’s YOU that makes you unique, that drives your daily living to the direction of the future you want, that decides what you do and your plans. Each of us has our own dreams and aspirations, would you let it anyone crush them? Of course not! Unless everyone tells you something bad, well, there might be really something wrong! So take the time to realize and weigh everything out. Would it be beneficial? Would it be for the better? Definitely, it should be beneficial and for the better! Do not, DO NOT change for the worse! Don’t waste your life because you are depressed, you are frustrated. Always change for the better – grow and be happy. I know it’s hard but you have to be strong. Optimism and perseverance is the key and motivation is your fuel to the destination where your goals are.

It’s easily said but it’s hardly done. Start with answering those questions above and it will be like a river that flows and reaches to the wide ocean paradise.

Every day is a chance to be yourself and a pool of opportunities to grow and be satisfied in your OWN way. Don’t let haters destroy you, ignore them. Be happy and take the road less traveled on!

What are your thoughts? Comment them down and let’s start a conversation. 🙂

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  • Great one, John! We do not need to be anyone. We need to be ourselves because that’s what makes us unique. 🙂 Two thumbs up for this article! Looking forward for next week’s #SnapAndPonder 🙂

    • Thanks welbs! Ignore haters. Just be yourself. Ana jud! Maka-pressure napud next week hahaha

  • I will make you a hundred clap and a thousand stomp and unending thumbs up for this article. This is supposed to be your personal observation, but as a reader, I can really benefit to this as well. Even someone would tell me something bad about what I do, about where I am choosing myself to be at, I would still follow up on what my inner calls would say. I really like how you came up with this sentiment that made me think as well. Yes, sunrise is a mark of nascency that motivates us to see what lies ahead, a blessing to start a new beginning and a chance to renew our strength from whatever causes our yesterday tiring. I have also written an article about sunrise way back last year about “a brand new day.”

    • I’m so flattered with your words of appreciation master. Thank you! Oh I should check it out!

  • This is true, always be yourself because at times of trials, it’s only yourself who knows how to win the battle. and of course, trust yourself at all times! 🙂

  • This! You should write more of these stuff. 🙂

    I used to be a people pleaser way back in high school, and I would literally do anyone’s bidding if it makes them happy. I did not dare try to change because I liked it that people know me as this ‘awesome’ someone. But at the end of the day, I get so drained because I am an introvert too. I’m glad I left that old self and decided to change for the better. Change is good. I just hope people would accept that fact too. Hehehe

    • Wow thank you! I will every week 🙂
      I understand you and it’s good you made it to realize that you were drained. Good thing for the change! 🙂

  • Rey Jan

    Good read and on point. Don’t let others define you. Life may be confusing but it’s part of the process. Learning and discovering new things while searching your true self are priceless. Let’s keep on walking!

  • JD

    What makes me unique is my love for knowledge that not everyone is into. Char. I really don’t ponder on how unique I am and I just let myself out there and let people tell it to me.

    • Yeah, I can see your love for knowledge on your blogs and that’s great! Haha! Maybe sooner or later, time will come na mag-emote naka hahaha. Joke!

  • Staying true to one’s self is crucial because wherever you are, be it really rich or successful, if you don’t feel at peace with yourself because you feel you’ve been somewhat insincere in any capacity, you’d still feel pretty unhappy or discontented. Which is why I’d probably rather be happy and only average in wealth than be filthy rich, but depressed as hell. Haha.

    • I agree! I guess mostly rich people are depressed and tend to have more problems than the average but are happy. 🙂

  • Rea Alducente

    Conflicts create balance. They also let us see and realize things that we never knew about ourselves — like how far our patience can go or perhaps how strong we can be in difficult situations or human interactions.

    It’s normal when people disagree but it shouldn’t be a venue to argue violently. And yes, we should change for the better and because we want to, not because others think we aren’t good enough. 🙂

  • Out of all the things you’ve said here, this is my favorite, “For me, you don’t have to change yourself just because people dislike your attitude, hates what you do, disperse what you think and criticize every action you make because it’s YOU, it’s YOU that makes you unique, that drives your daily living to the direction of the future you want, that decides what you do and your plans.”

    Not all people have the courage to be themselves, to unmask themselves in the midst of a crowd, or deviate from the norm. This is not easy to do though, but it is not impossible.

    The thing I don’t love about traveling nowadays is it is more important to capture a photograph than enjoying the beauty of a tourist spot in real time. I mean, a lot of people do this. Your hashtag #SnapAndPonder reminds me what we all should do; snap a photo and ponder on the beauty you have just capture!

    Oy! Asa ta manglaag mga HIBsters? Unsay ma-suggest ninyo ni AJ og Lai?

    • Wow! Your comment really gave me a smile while reading it. Thank you!

      Osmeña Peak! Haha

  • Mindblown article, John.. Clap.. About being yourself and pretending other else.. Wew..

  • Being yourself is always the best. It sucks to pretend to be someone else just to please everyone. You can NEVER please everyone jud. If they hate you, let them. 😀

  • A new day is chance to be a new me. I love possibilities ! What are you going to be in the next sunrise?

  • Being yourself is the best advise you can always give to anyone. Spot on when you said that there will always come a time that realization sinks in and you’ll get to the point wherein opinions don’t really matter and you could not care less by what people think. As long as you are you and not doing anything illegal then that’s totally fine. hehe!

  • We don’t need to be anyone but we need to be someone that we want. Haha. I hope that makes sense. But you know what, not caring what other people think is often easier said than done. Let’s face it, some of these words can really sting and hurts our egos.

    • Yes, I agree, I wish words were like a little toy guns, no sting. However, we have to move on and being who we are is a big help to bypass haters and live life happily. 🙂

  • Find what makes you useful and how you can impact the lives of others. Being unique alone doesn’t always mean being useful. 🙂

  • rnbonsocan

    Great shot, insightful essay. Sakto gyod, pasagdai na ang mga haters. Move forward ang pasuyaa na lang na sila kay kutob ra sila hate nimo sa mga na-achieve na nimo sa kinabuhi. Go on and live life the fullest!

  • Great shot, insightful essay. Sakto gyod, pasagdai na ang mga haters. Move forward ang pasuyaa na lang na sila kay kutob ra sila hate nimo sa mga na-achieve na nimo sa kinabuhi. Go on and live life the fullest!

  • What I normally do in a conflict is that I keep my thoughts to myself. That’s just me. I don’t normally say anything good nor bad especially if I don’t think It’ll resolve anything. I am very calculated with what I say. I’ll rethink it over and over again if what I say will offend anyone or if my opinion is needed in a situation. If not, I just keep it to myself. But that doesn’t mean I let anyone say anything bad about me and expect me to not say anything. I just don’t add fuel to the fire. And for me, it works out. haha

  • Inspiring lage ni nga post! Love it! “Don’t waste your life because you are depressed, you are frustrated. ” this though, because I have a friend na suicidal and I kept telling him to always hold on and it’s never the end, and that the only end there is is death and you can never come back from there. I just hope that it helped him somehow to see the word differently. Thanks for sharing this Chris!

    • Geez! Suicidal is scary! Depression really could be dangerous. If only everyone could be as strong as the others, we can fight that terrible disease. Thank you for appreciating kath! 🙂