I just started blogging last August 1, 2020. Despite the fact that the blog posts I have published showcase pieces of me, I am aware that I am still a stranger in the blogging community. Because of that, I have decided to create my version of the popular blog format, which is “things you do not know about me”, hoping that it can help you have a glimpse of who I am as a person.
Here are 13 things you do not know about me:
1. I never thought I would create a blog.
Growing up, I was never complimented about my writing skills. What people tend to compliment about me is the way I deliver my thoughts through speaking. Because of that, blogging was never something I saw doing.
Before the quarantine, I planned on hosting my podcast. Because people kept on telling me how beautiful my speaking voice sounds, I was sure that if I were to present myself on the online world, it would be either through vlogging or hosting a podcast. Since I have low self-esteem, I decided to focus on creating a podcast.
Although that is the case, the podcast that was supposed to be my summer project did not become a reality because my dad was not able to buy me a podcast microphone. I do not anymore remember the reason he was not able to buy it but I am sure I told him it was fine.
2. My favorite color is yellow, not only because of how vibrant it is but also because of what it symbolizes.
The color yellow, although it is a famous symbol of happiness and positivity, also has some negative implications such as cowardice. Only a few people know about it because whenever yellow is used as a symbol, most of the time, it means happiness.
Every time I remember the different symbolizations encompassing yellow, I am reminded of how I tend to be similar to it. Despite my positive and bubbly personality, I have some negative traits beneath the surface that only people who I am closely related with know about.
3. I thought the sun had a crush on me when I was young because it kept on following me around.
When I was young, my family did not have a car. Because of that, to go to school, my sister and I, along with our maid, need to walk to the jeepney station. Whenever we walk to the jeepney station, I always notice the sun following us. My stupid self-absorbed mind interpreted it as the sun having a crush on me.
4. I do not like seeing photographs of myself.
The name-calling that happened when I was in grade school, and early junior high school really took a toll on my self-esteem. Because of that, every time I see photographs of myself, I feel like the people who will see it will find it as something to laugh or joke about.
I remember, before my 18th birthday, one of my close friends asked me if she can use pictures of me in a greeting. I begged her not to continue what she was planning to do because I felt like I will be turned into a meme.
5. I still remember how I got all my scars.
I used to love playing outside with my friends even though I am wimpy. I remember, every time I have a new bruise, my mom will remind me nonstop not to pick at the scab but I never listen. Because of that, I have lots of scars I consider remnants of my childhood.
6. Even if I am not feeling any pain, I tend to rub liniment on parts of my body.
I love liniments not only because of their cool and minty smell but also because of the heat they bring. If there is something I consider as my stress reliever, it is the act of rubbing liniment on different parts of my body.
7. I hate having to listen to people pronounce my name for the first time.
If you are wondering whether “Aaliziyah” is my real name or just something I want to be called, let me clear it up: my name is really “Aaliziyah”. It is what was written in my birth certificate.
Since my name is unique and has a hard to pronounce spelling, hearing people try hard to pronounce it irritates me. The worst pronunciation of my name so far was ah-ah-li-zi-yah.
8. I took swimming lessons but never learned how to swim.
When I was in 11th grade, my physical education class focused on swimming. Because I do not know how to swim, I needed to take swimming lessons to pass the subject.
I was not able to accomplish my lessons, so during my performance test, I found it hard to finish my laps. My teacher in physical education saw how hard I was struggling to complete my laps, so she decided not to anymore make me continue swimming. She just gave me a passing grade.
9. I cannot play any musical instruments.
I am not musically-inclined. I remember there was this time when my class was tasked to perform a flute performance. I tried learning it but I found it really hard. I do not want to ruin my class’s grade, so during the performance, I decided not to blow my flute.
10. When I was a kid, I used to pretend that I am being possessed by a devil in front of my younger sister.
Being possessed by a devil is something I saw as cool when I was a kid. It is because it seldom happens, and I only see it in movies. Because of that, one time I decided to pretend I was being possessed by a devil in front of my younger sister to see her reaction. I thought she would be frightened but she told me that I was not convincing enough.
11. Never in my 18 years of existence did I finish a series.
My attention span is really low. In Amy Zhang’s book titled This Is Where the World Ends, one of the protagonists, Janie Vivian, stated that she is a thousand beginnings with no endings at all. What she said applies to me.
I have tried lots of things but I never really stick to them in the long run; I tried finishing the animated series called Gravity Falls but during the second season, I found myself bored and decided to quit watching it.
12. I love cheesecakes.
I remember, during my 18th birthday, I wanted to ask my dad to buy me a cheesecake but since it was quarantine, I know it would be hard for him to find one. Because of that, I chose not to tell him about my desire to have a cheesecake on my birthday. The next day, my mom asked my dad to buy a cake. I was shocked when I saw that the cake he bought was a cheesecake.
I never told anyone about this but I consider that coincidence my birthday miracle.
13. I do not consider writing as my passion but this blog is my passion project.
People consider “passion” as something that will not feed you. In the Philippines, passion is somehow viewed as the antonym of career–it is either you pursue your passion or get a career. Because of that negative implication, I decided never to consider anything a passion.
Although that is the case, this blog is what I consider as my passion project. The main reason why I decided to create this blog is to share my pieces on the online world, hoping that someone out there might find it and get inspired.
Thank you for reading! I appreciate it a lot.
Frankly speaking, I am not satisfied with this blog post. I feel like it does not hold any depth.
The thing is, last Monday to Friday, I was experiencing a major writer’s block. Since I am currently doing my best to follow a schedule, I searched ways on how I can combat it. In one of the articles I read, it was stated that one must just write through the block. I tried to follow the advice and came up with this.
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