I always pride myself as a person who sees the silver lining in life but…
I always try my best not to complain about the cards that I’ve been dealt with. After all, we all have our struggles, and that doesn’t make me any special than the rest of you. My struggles, regardless of how severe, are not enough of an excuse for me to complain. You don’t subscribe to this blog for the drama and definitely, you don’t come here to hear me complain.
I was talking to a friend the other day, asking for help. It’s been weeks since I moved the fundraiser to GoGetFunding, I’m running out of time and it hasn’t made any progress. My friend asked me if I had any other plans, to which I was quick to reply that it is the plan “Z”. I wasn’t kidding when I said that if I got other things to do, I wouldn’t do this, and if I got other places to be, I wouldn’t be here. No one likes to sound so desperate and no one likes to be at the mercy of others. If there was a job or an investment that would allow me to earn the money we need in a short amount of time, I’d drop everything and do that instead. But the reality is, no one would even get me as a proofreader for $5. If you got any suggestions, I would love to hear about it but I doubt that I haven’t thought of that. Believe me, I even thought of setting up an OnlyFans account to sell nudes if anyone would want them.
No one likes their reputation tarnished. No one likes to explain the same thing over and over again only to get criticized at the end. No one likes to go to sleep defeated and wake up the next day only to repeat the cycle all over again. No one likes to pour their heart out in a blog post, hoping for someone to notice only to be dismissed. Yes, I’ve been getting a lot of views and a lot of likes but not even a click to the fundraiser. I only have more or less 74 days left and not even a click. 14 new followers in a day, if this was any other circumstance, I would be grateful. But not one of them even bothered to read the fundraiser, I can’t help but get tired of it.
While I appreciate those who praised my efforts, some seem to take advantage of the situation. My spam folder is riddled with comments from bloggers that have things to say and end it with a link to their blog. Comments that I can’t help but think they are piggybacking with the traffic. Then some spam-like posts in hopes to catch my attention. When someone liked a hundred posts in one minute, it’s hard not to think so. Then there are those people who I’ve known since we were kids, who talked to me with a sort of contempt. There was even this person who tried to recruit me in a scam when they found out that I have 4,000 followers. Then there’s this “nice story, bro” tweet and told me to reach out to my country’s officials and famous people. Believe me, I already tried even though they won’t even bat an eyelash to my plea. If they do, trust me, I wouldn’t even try to reach out to you. All I can do is try even if I don’t like it and now, I’m tired, hopeless, and scared.
I’m scared of the repercussions of being homeless for my kid. I have talked about the effect on my mother of losing the house but I never talked about what it means to my daughter. Nevermind me, I’ve been homeless twice, once when I lost my marriage and the other when L kicked me out of our house. I hate to bring my daughter into this but I’ve been thinking of sending her to her mother if ever we lose the house. I hate writing about this, I hate bringing in my daughter like this as if I’m holding you emotionally hostage. But if ever I went homeless again, she won’t have a future with me. She won’t have a future with a homeless, unemployed dad.
So again, despite my best efforts, I still end up being an irresponsible dad.
Right now, I’m thinking about stopping and quitting the blog. Maybe, I should stop dreaming and do whatever everybody else is doing. I never did think I’m anything special, I’m just a simple small-town boy who dreamed of becoming somebody. Because when you don’t have much, what else can you do but to have faith and follow a dream.
So what now? I don’t know. As I’ve said, I’m tired, and I’m hopeless, and I’m scared. I don’t even want to ask you for anything anymore. I don’t like being a burden to friends. I don’t like tarnishing my reputation, I don’t like to feel desperate…
But I need to, I have to. For the sake of being a father who did everything he could for his child, I need to. Whatever it takes.
I would appreciate it if you could give me a bit of your time to read this (don’t just like the damn post, read for chrissake).
Also, here are a few words my friends say about me:
If you found yourself asking, “why the hell should I spend my money on this bum?” here’s why. Besides being a decent human being, I will promote your book, blog, or anything you want me to. I would promote it in this blog and all my social media outlets. It doesn’t even have to be a huge amount. I would appreciate any help that I could get.
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In case you are still having doubts, here is the list of good people who have supported me so far. I owe a lot to them and they could attest to everything I said.
- Summerhill Lane
- Russell De Castro
- Penny Berry and Captain Quinn
- Anna Vill Garcia
- Joey Banaria
- Michael Orseo
- Neil Convento
- Bee Halton
- Phutie Tallada and Cherms Mantes
- Marco Banaria
- Mikki Bih0n
- Jiorgio Alvarez
- Sally Pamintuan
- Matt Smythe
- Robby Banez
- Nino and Diana Cassidy
- Susi Bocks
- Arcadio Rivera
- Yang Lee
- Sheila Navarro
- Mrs. Wayfarer
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