Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

New Swimming Strokes

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Life is becoming a routine for me lately. My moves are becoming mechanical. I am doing the things I did yesterday, but do I really have to do them again tomorrow? I look outside the window and some things align with my thoughts. I see the same faces walking the street by my window every day at a certain time going to, and coming back from work or to and from where life takes them. I do the same, is someone also watching me?

It’s 2008. This means completing another year cycle. The first few months I was here in Chicago were moments of surprises, seeing many new things. Would I still be amused looking at the colorful leaves falling just like I did when I saw it for the first time? Or would it become part of the boring cycle ~ unnoticed? Would I still look at the snow with amusement as I look at it now next year?

I am afraid to loss the curious child-like spark in my eyes. They made me paint and write poetry. I don’t want to loss the beauty in little things just because I don’t give them second glances anymore, as I allow myself to drift with the swirling stream of routines.  

It is 2008. I swim in the same pond of life, but I would like to learn different swimming strokes to keep me moving forward. 

Once in a while, I promise to jump, to sing, to smile and laugh and shout or to just swim against the tide. To be me. And just like a graceful fish jumping out of the water, I, too, could perhaps create new ripples to make the difference in the course of life.

I wish you well ~ Jeques

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4 responses

  1. happy new year jeques.

    i guess, discovery never ceases right. you may be in the same place with the same people but knowingly or unknowingly, you are learning a thing or two 🙂

    hope 2008 promises a great year to you. keep on writing!

    AM000000110000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  2. Totomai,

    Happy New Year!

    It’s not what’s around us that should change, it should be us. Magic comes when we look at the same things with new eyes: thus I swim the same pond with new strokes.

    And the magic would be chronicled in my writings and my paintings. That’s one thing I’m sure about.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000060000003231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  3. jeques, i agree with totomai, maybe sometimes we need to see changes within, with our perceptions and view points. i guess it’s out of our frustration on some matters which falls short of our expectations. or maybe we need some deviation from our routine, we need to avoid burnout. it destroys our self-esteem.

    PM00000050000004630 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm09

  4. Marvin,

    Every once in awhile we arrive in those dead ends of our life’s journey. We are pushed to the edge and we feel like going nowhere and before us are walls, endless walls.

    But then, we always have the choise to take a leap, to jump over that wall to another road to continue our journey – and then we realize there was no wall after all, it’s our fears and doubts that block our paths like clouds restricting us from seeing what’s ahead – when we leap, we go over that cloud of thoughts and we’re back in our roads ready to conquer the challenges ahead. It’s not thing around us that change – it is how we look at them with new eyes that makes the difference.

    I’m watching Sharon Concert Live. If your interested, here’s the link:

    http://www.pinaychannel.com/action/viewvideo/3464/pinoy_TV/

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000050000000530 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm09

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