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I can’t say that I clearly remember how this whole “Lessons learned” thing started. I just found myself mentally jotting down lessons I pick up from everyday life: people, events, and random stuff that happen around me in this roller coaster ride we call life. Strangely enough, I think I’ve actually gained quite a — for lack of a better term — “fanbase” because of these lessons. I’ve been compiling them all so I can look back and re-learn them if needed. Some of these may seem plain humorous or sarcastic, but there is a real lesson hidden somewhere beneath the surface. Enjoy reading, and may we all have a happy and prosperous 2012 ahead of us. Cheers!!!

  • Be careful what you wish for… and what you prepare for.
  • Numbers cannot be trusted.
  • There is no bad picture, only bad photographers.
  • Think outside the box.
  • You can’t always trust Google.
  • Pictures can be deceiving.
  • It’s a good habit to memorize your friends’ plate numbers.
  • You can go through an entire experience and not have a clue what the whole thing was about.
  • Knowing is different from performing.
  • There’s always room for dessert.
  • You can bring all the hats and sunblock you want, but it doesn’t mean the sun will actually show up.
  • There’s a thin line between art and pornography.
  • The truth will remain to be the truth even when it’s doubted, shamed, wounded, or hidden from the people you love.
  • Karma can get stuck in traffic too.
  • Patience is a virtue, but it won’t actually fix anything.
  • Humor may be a good mask/shield, but only for a short period of time.
  • If you close your eyes and feel the music, amazing things can happen.
  • You may think you’re crazy, but you’re really not.. but then again, maybe you are.
  • Expect the unexpected.. and don’t expect the expected.
  • Be careful what you ask. You might not be able to handle the answer.
  • It’s the thought that makes you think.
  • Babies can be very stubborn. But mommies are even more so.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of donuts.
  • You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be recorded.. provided the memory card is not full.
  • Make the most of every happy moment, get accustomed to change… and be careful not to get any stains.
  • Having freedom and not having to rely on anybody is a good thing.. but it’s also very lonely.
  • Necessity is the mother of learning new things in an instant.
  • Love is also deaf.
  • The truth will always prevail. Ergo…
  • …what you don’t know will eventually hurt you.
  • Heaven and hell can exist in the exact same place at the exact same time.
  • Seeing and hearing are deceiving.
  • Silence is the best policy.
  • There’s always a choice.
  • A key word does not an entire message make; Misinterpretation can lead to chaos.
  • Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do.
  • There is light at the end of the blackout.
  • Birds of the same feather fly away together.
  • You never know what you may get when you scratch beneath the surface.
  • Patience can brew the sweetest tasting tea.
  • Some things are better expressed with a “wow”.
  • Wow.
  • The camera lies (with the right settings).
  • Jokes can become a reality.
  • Good things come to those who wait soaking wet in the rain.
  • “Malapit lang” is relative.
  • You can hide, but you can’t run.
  • The world gravitates towards beauty.
  • The truth will set your hinges loose.
  • There’s a reason for everything.. but nobody said that the reason will always make itself known, or that it will even make sense at all.
  • Calm rage spews deadly fire.
  • No matter what is going on around you, there’s always time for a kiss.
  • What happens in your mind can be very, very real.
  • Don’t doubt yourself. Chances are, you’re on the right path after all.
  • You are what you eat.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.. Ergo, be careful how hard you laugh. You might end up cyring (and cursing) just as hard.
  • Be careful what you text. You might get it copy pasted right back at you someday.
  • Original plans are made to be revised.
  • Be prepared for anything. Just when you thought you were gonna have fun, you might end up having fun instead.
  • Whatever you are feeling.. happiness, sadness, or annoyance at someone… you are never alone.
  • A single photo does not an entire picture make.
  • What you see is what you choose to see, and therefore can also choose to ignore.
  • There is always more to anyone or anything than meets the eye.
  • Numbers don’t matter.
  • You are what you read.
  • Tragedy creates opportunities.
  • Happy thoughts create happy memories.
  • Crazy minds create crazy ideas.
  • You know more than you think you do.
  • You can do more than you think you can.
  • You deserve more than you think you can ever get.
  • When the world seems to be conspiring against you, there’s always at least one person who will be on your side.
  • It’s all in the mind.
  • Your heart, lungs, and legs may agree to a brisk walk, but unless embraced by comfortable shoes, your feet will always have a violent reaction.
  • You will find what you’re looking for if you just look in the right place.
  • No matter how disastrous your day might be, you can always choose a happy ending.
  • You can always find something good in every bad situation.
  • Every negative thought can be converted into a positive one.
  • A tiny hint of “maybe” means YES.
  • Boredom is the mother of all craziness.
  • Desperate times call for necessary ignorance.
  • Not everybody, or everything, can be saved.
  • You can’t fit everything in a box, much less in a nutshell.
  • There’s always room for a question.
  • Time flies when you’re packing.
  • Never assume the other person has the same level of intellect as you do. Maybe theirs is higher.
  • If you think you’ve waited too long, you’ll be surprised to find you can wait even longer.
  • There’s never a direct, accurate translation from one language to another, or from thoughts/feelings to words, and from words to actions.
  • Never underestimate a person’s level of understanding or ability to empathize.
  • Square is the new triangle.
  • If the picture isn’t clear and adjusting your focus won’t work, change your subject.
  • Red capes are overrated.
  • Armors and shields will eventually get stained.
  • The dove is not as fragile as you think.
  • You don’t need to get splattered with paint too for you to create a beautiful work of art.
  • Loving words can wound you just as well as they can heal.
  • Cheese can hurt you.
  • Everything you see is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Heaven will always reign high above hell.
  • You can be in two (or more) places at the same time.
  • Survey your surroundings before taking a deep breath.
  • Early to bed, late to rise.
  • If you see a suspicious looking person, move now or forever hold your breath.
  • Accents evolve with alcohol consumption.
  • Song lyrics are flexible.
  • When it splashes, it drips.
  • When it drips, it pours.
  • When it pours, it stabs.
  • You can lose the match, but win the fight.
  • You can lose both the match and the fight, including your sanity.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • We don’t quit when we’re tired. We only quit when we die.
  • If you don’t want it now, you might regret it later.
  • It’s never an accident.
  • It’s never nothing.
  • It’s never simple.
  • Everything is a blessing… sometimes in disguise.
  • Pictures paint thousands of words, create millions of ideas, and trigger a gazillion emotions.
  • Some plants are just not meant to grow into trees.
  • Beauty is in the eye of all mankind.
  • Everyone deserves to be happy… including your worst enemy.
  • Nothing is ever kept secret. A full pitcher is bound to overflow.
  • Rubbing salt into a wound may be painful, but will eventually help heal it.
  • Hope may be immortal, but you can lock it up and throw away the key.
  • Be careful what you say. You never know who’s listening.
  • What can make you weak can make you stronger.
  • Words are powerful weapons. Be careful where you aim them.
  • Every second counts. Life is too short for you to do  (or not do) something foolish.
  • Time is the greatest gift you can give or receive.
  • Silence creates tension, excitement… and impatience.
  • Speed isn’t everything.
  • There’s always time for a song.
  • True friends will laugh with you… and they’ll know when to laugh at you.
  • What you do with time will determine whether it will heal wounds or make them hurt more.
  • There’s a thin line between happiness and sorrow.
  • If you want it, you must will it. If you will it, it will be yours.
  • Some good questions have no good answers.
  • Small steps can create big things.. like synchronized dancing and an avalanche.
  • “I can’t” really means “I don’t want to”.
  • “I don’t want to” is relative.
  • Action speaks louder than words, whether they stay inside your head, are spoken out loud, or are posted in social networking sites.
  • The show must go on.
  • Sometimes the best intentions are hidden beneath a thick layer of sarcasm.
  • ‘Should be’ doesn’t matter. What matters is what actually is.
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