A Tribute: My First Year Anniversary in HubPages!
by: Gianella Labrador
Written: March 19-20, 2022
Yesterday, I decided to take a walk
To clear my mind and detox a little.
The finer details of my day were not planned,
Although I had an itinerary in mind.
Like all of my journey and ventures, you see,
Getting to HubPages, was just a footstep forward.
I didn’t know what I was gonna do,
I didn’t know where I was headed to.
Regardless, I decided to publish a few of my works,
Unplanned, and my mind filled with uncertainties.
Still, I plucked up courage, and started writing for HP.
Just like my journey yesterday.
Yesterday, I decided to take a walk.
I’ve had an unquenchable thirst to visit this store,
But it’s quite far from home.
Fortunately, I had an opportunity and took my chance.
I mean, it was now or never.
At first, I was really scared to travel alone to a place so far.
Who knows what can happen?
But I firmly believed in myself, and took a deep breath of courage.
Like what Raphael Gomez
would say in his vlogs,
I head bravely onward and uttered,
“Here goes nothing!”
Whenever I must travel,
I always have this tendency or worry
That I’ll get lost in the process,
Or rather, along the way.
Like one of the places that I have to go to,
I’ll just have trouble finding it.
I’ll get lost and confused of which path to take.
As if someone is screaming:
“Where did my sense of direction go???!!! Hello?!”
But in the end, I’m still able to figure it out
By following my gut and instincts.
Sometimes, all you have to do is follow where your feet take you.
It should be fine.
Just like my journey here in HP.
There were times, I have doubted myself.
There were times, I didn’t wanna write anymore.
There’ll always be better writers than me.
Their works get more attention and feedback.
Where did mine go?
Sometimes, I’ll get lost and think,
Is writing poems and such still for me?
Sometimes, hubs I have exerted a lot of effort on,
Get barely appreciated and become unnoticeable.
When it’s all blabberish, but filled with emotions,
People notice it more and put more value to it.
At the end of the day,
No matter how many times I get lost along the way,
I’m still able to find my way back,
To get back on the right track.
It doesn’t matter if I see my hubs as thrash
Or something great,
It is up to the people supporting
And reading them to decide.
Writing hubs is never easy.
I can write more than 2000 words or less than a hundred.
If it is less than a hundred, usually it’s not worth pursuing.
I’m just not confident and don’t know much about the topic.
Tons of ideas and prompts would come to mind,
But how would you narrate it?
How would you execute it?
How would you present it to the people of the world?
Make it relatable and easy to understand.
There’s a lot of things to share,
But would your audience really care?
Sometimes, the choice of words is crucial.
Make an impression or a disappointment.
Not all poetry rhymes.
It comes in various shapes and sizes.
There are a lot of ways to write them.
I just really can’t tell If I’m still doing it right.
People make mistakes anyway.
Correct me if there’s anything wrong.
Guide me to be a better person each day.
Help me grow as a writer and as a person.
Tell me what’s wrong, and how to improve it.
It’s better to tell me honestly, criticize me,
And suggest what could be done,
Rather than complement me with words that
are just filtered and filled with white lies.
Starting my writing career in HP,
Was one of those moments where I thought,
“I have nothing to do,
why not do something productive today?“
Out of my boredom, and sick of my usual routine,
I decided to find something I could do.
And so a year ago today,
I uploaded some of my first poems in HP.
Just to see, what would happen next.
I only got one follower shortly after.
Then it slowly raises up to 2, 3, 5, to 10!
One year later,
I now have 30 (plus those silent readers outside HP.)
It was totally unexpected I would ever reach such a milestone.
Same with my decision to take a short walk the other day.
I wasn’t really sure if I’ll be able to do it on my own,
But I did!
I was able to ride the train on my own for the first time!
In 21 years of my existence, it was just that time I had the courage.
I’d usually doubt myself on a lot of things,
Things that people would usually say about me.
“Don’t go out alone, something bad might happen to you.”
“ Can you manage on your own? What if something happens?”
“What if you get lost?”
True enough something has happened,
But it wasn’t that bad at all!
In fact, it was magical!
It was amazing, liberating, and oh my gosh, overflowing happiness!
I never felt so happy and was able to enjoy wandering around until my soles got tired!
It was so satisfying to stroll around without anyone trying to spoil your day.
It gets annoying and a bummer, when someone is bugging you to go home already.
Just when you’ve just finished warming up and ready to walk some more.
Or when someone keeps complaining, blabbering bad words,
Ranting all the negativity in the world,
That’s just so toxic. If you have a company like that, it’s better to go on your own.
Ditch that person! You don’t deserve it!
TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT.
I was able to enjoy my day so well with all the cute little things in the world!
Seek happiness in the little things, because why not?
They can also bring us joy and just make us feel good.
We must learn to also appreciate little things,
Cause without them, you won’t be able to see the bigger things.
I have learned a lot from that day.
Some realizations kind of make me a little bit sad,
But it’s not that bad at all.
Sometimes, all you have to do is,
Discard everything and follow what your heart desires.
Forget all negativity and what people say about you.
You know who you are, and what you are capable of.
Trust and just believe, you can, and it will be fine.
If you still have doubts, always pray along with your decisions.
Ask for guidance and blessings, if what you’ll do is alright to pursue.
I was finally able to eat my long time cravings since I don’t know when,
Crepes in peace!!! It was so yummy and delish!!!
Especially the one with mangoes and ice cream on top!
I don’t know how others describe the taste of heaven,
But for me, that’s the one! NO DOUBT.
I was also able to see a beautiful sunset, it was so prettyyyyyyy!!!
Like an egg yolk that hasn’t been scrambled yet.
It was beautiful as the color complements the horizon.
Making it even more special, because I witnessed it at the train station!
Scenarios as such, until now, I had only have seen in movies!
Experiencing such an incredible view in person was so amazing!
A beautiful day indeed!
Not only that, there’s more!
More and much more to go!
I also have witnessed a full moon that night that followed me until I reached home!
Do you ever wonder who’s following who?
Is the moon following me, or am I following the moon?
Wherever it goes.
Like a shadow that will never leave your side.
It is good to know that someone is there watching over you.
Making sure you reach home safe and sound.
You may seem to be alone,
But the moon says, let my light be your guide.
I won’t leave your side tonight!
Witnessing the sunset and the moon,
Makes my heart thump and in so much delight!
Like that day filled with overflowing happiness,
Self Appreciation and Self Love;
My one year with HP has passed and there’s so much I’m so thankful for.
It was a great one year with so many memories.
Commemorating my achievements, milestones, pitfalls, all those feedbacks,
Friends I have made and people who have served as my mentors,
People who’d always remind me of the things they have read in my hubs,
Use it to give me life advice, and credits to that author! LOL.
Wise words from my own mouth, but that I most often forget to apply it to life!
Thank you for those people,
Who’d quote me and remind me of the things I should be remembering!
Cheers to that!
As cliche as it sounds,
I might not have made it this far, without your continous support!
Encouraging me to keep going and to keep writing,
Telling me how interesting and beautiful my works are,
How you enjoyed them and how you loved them.
Telling me the lines that have made an impression to you.
Just little things,
But these are the things that gave me strength and the willpower to write more!
Thank you so much for your endless support, and always wishing me well in Life!
It has been a long fruitful year, but it was worth it!
I have learned a lot of things from various people all over the world,
Had some encounters from different ethnicity and groups.
Even in my darkest times and moments,
There were people who collectively shed some light for me.
For me to realize, there’s still hope and a brighter future awaits me.
I’m so glad, I didn’t give up.
I’m glad I have chosen to live and celebrate Life.
After all, Life is beautiful, isn’t it?
Cheers to more years and better days to come.
It’s my pleasure to spread and let my cheerful spirit shine through my Hubs!
Wishing everyone to always be well, be healthy, and to be safe.
Thank you so much!
Khaawp Khun Ka
Maraming salamat po!
Stay Blessed and Be happy always!
Sending love and hugs to all of you!
© 2022 Gianella Labrador