When Will it Be Enough?
Updated: Mar 12
dear asian youth,
tamad ka. you are lazy.
wala kang magawa para sa sarili mo. you can’t do anything for yourself.
nanay, tatay, when will it be enough?
i thought i’ve been doing everything right.
all you ask of me are respect and good grades,
and that’s exactly what i’ve been giving.
i’ve been working hard on my own.
i’ve been trying to become independent.
i thought that you would be
but when you see that my room isn’t spick and span
when you see that i’m checking my phone instead of folding my laundry
why do you say such things?
why is it so easy for you to criticize me
disapprove of me
yet every time i tell you of my achievements
you say, “yun ang inaasahan ko.” that’s what i expect.
i don’t understand.
i no longer know what you want from me.
i know what i want to do
or who i want to be.
i’m doing so much on my own that you can’t even see.
yet i cannot provide perfection.
is that why?