What Have I Outgrown?


What prompted me to write this was the usual recurring thought that came up: If I have ever changed in the past few (or 10) years or so. I’m constantly living and trying to get through each day that sometimes I forget I’m actually growing, changing, improving (or not), and most of all, learning.

In a little notepad the other night, I listed out the stuff I’ve outgrown hoping that I would be able to elaborate them in the form of a blog entry. It’s weird because as I am typing this, my heart is actually beating faster than usual. Anything that has to do with change is always an unsettling yet exciting feeling at the same time.

Binge-watching TV shows
I haven’t done this in such a long time that I even forgot the last time I did it. In fact, I’ve hardly watched any good tv shows the past year or two. I remember I could go 2-3 days marathoning shows and finishing a season in less than 48 hours. Now, I can’t even watch an hour-long TV show anymore. I’m not entirely sure what brought upon the thought-process of outgrowing this but it seems like I haven’t been watching American TV shows. This year I started taking on more than 2 jobs so I have less time to watch anything. I admit I do miss it, but can’t be bothered to catch up with everything anymore.

The need to know EVERYTHING
I remember 3 years ago when I could read through more than 1000 feeds on my Google Reader every day. I subscribed to EVERYTHING and tried to read them all. From music, to technology, entertainment, politics, sports, art, design, local news, Korean entertainment I had to KNOW IT ALL. I wanted to be up to date with everything and that even included watching TV shows. Now I just focus on what benefits me the most because aside from a maturing brain that can’t handle too much information, I realized I could do something more productive than trying to be updated with every little thing the world has to offer.

Pirating music
When I feel strongly about an artist or an album I always buy their music physically or digitally. For all other songs, there’s always “free” downloads. The minute Spotify pre-launched in the Philippines early last year, I immediately bought a subscription and my music downloading stopped. I even deleted my whole iTunes music library early this year and celebrated losing about ten thousand songs from my hard drive. My laptop breathed a little better too.

Pulling all-nighters
Who am I to say this, really? Here I am at 2:53AM, writing this blog post when I’ve been working from 9am to 12am the previous day. I have to be awake in about 6 hours for work #1 then get ready for work #2 after. But really, I value sleep much more now, and not just sleeping in during mornings.. but actually sleeping RIGHT. I used to pull all-nighters a lot because I didn’t want to miss anything (cue The need to know EVERYTHING as stated above) but now I keep it to a minimum, or none at all. It feels good to wake up knowing you had enough sleep.

There are quite a few more that I wanted to add but couldn’t find the right words to elaborate, like eating junk food, or drinking til’ you drop (which I think I probably will still do provided my health stats are great). Even though all these didn’t necessarily happen this year, but in retrospect, the realization itself has been good for self-improvement.


  1. Alyssa Panghulan
    August 4, 2015

    Same here! I value sleep more than ever now. I’ve actually struggled trying to put my body-clock back to normal, especially that I got used to sleeping in the morning and being wide awake at dawn because graveyard shift~~ The pirating music part got me giggling like a piglet. Haha! I used to do that, too! Now, I barely even listen to songs. I’ve become way too outdated when it comes to music. I guess that’s fine as long as my hard drive gets to breathe too though. xD

    Alyssa of Alyssa’s Struggle for Sanity

  2. Mimi Gonzales
    August 4, 2015

    Check at all four for me! Especially binge-watching. The classic tv series were definitely my favorites back then. No offense but these days, it’s all too crappy for me to even bother catching up. I only watch the news when I’m on tv! I think it’s great considering I could catch up on all things important and better than all the overly dramatic tv shows nowadays.

    Mimi Gonzales | The Foxy Heroine

  3. Kaan
    August 4, 2015

    There are not a lot of good tv shows anymore! It’s sad. šŸ™

  4. Huhuhuh I still binge-watch TV shows WHEN I find the time. It’s rare that I’m home on weekends but when I am, I spend the whole day in bed watching TV shows lol.

    Helga | blog.ditz-revolution.net

  5. Charles Ravndal
    August 6, 2015

    Spotify is a godsend! I’ve been using it since 2009 and never looked back. It’s so convenient and I can use it on my mac, ipad and iphone. I can take it everywhere lol!

    1. Justine
      August 6, 2015

      Right? I started using it 2009 too but it was only available in Europe and they started becoming strict with IP addresses I had to stop and prayed it would come to Asia. IT FINALLY DID HAHAHA.


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