Roan Interview

Introduce Yourself: My name is Roan and I’m from the Philippines. I am 27 years old.

Thoughts On People In The World?: Each individual has a story to tell, they leave parts out or they tell it all. There are educated ones but lack awareness, there are uneducated ones but are reasonable. There are people born privileged but sad, while there are struggling for food but very much satisfied. People are either defined by culture, bound by family ties, or fated for something great, at the end of the day though, it’s their actions that will make them. People argue, negotiate, understand, fight, and love because of differences. Sometimes it’s unfair because something they did doesn’t conform with the principles of another, or sometimes acceptable because that’s how it should be because the community says so. People are complicated every day, it’s not as simple as choosing between coffee or tea because their reasons change when they choose one, and it’s not going to be the same reason every day. However, each has one life to live and how they live it is different from the other, but the journey is all and the same, just a different goal.

What are your inspirations & goals?: What inspires me is the happiness of the people around me feel, genuine happiness coming from the person’s soul, heart, and mind. And my goal is to share that kind of happiness as well, it can be in form of work or a simple act of kindness. I want to broaden my understanding of how people feel, work, and think, and in turn I want to share that gift to help others in any way I can.

How would you impact the world?: I’d probably impact the world by continuing to strive to become someone who can extend my hand to someone who needs help. I want to present myself as someone people can count on when they need it, without fear of their history or who they are right now. I will listen and speak with no judgement. It’s all about me wearing their shoes and understanding how they look at life, and if somehow they’re lost I’ll help them back in their feet. It’s an act of kindness that has this unique chain reaction that I want to establish.

Struggles In Life? : I’ve always struggled with love, both for myself and looking for that someone that I want to spend with in the future. I’ve spent helping other people that I forgot to help myself. There are times that I forgot that I should help myself first before I can help others. There’s a bitterness in me that I’ve forgiven but not have acknowledged that is part of me, thus I have made myself the villain who failed to realise that love and happiness were in front of me but I just didn’t want to see. Or maybe I was too hard on myself that no one can love me because it’s who I am. Thankfully, I’m healing, and only time can tell.

How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : Currently, I’m not okay, and I find it’s alright. I’m aware that there’s something wrong with me, despite the blessings I’ve received and will be working on. I learned how to balance the good and the bad in me, because I forgot the bad and strong within me that helped me fight the oppression I’d sometimes feel. I’ve become more conscious of what’s real and what’s fake because society says which is which. I am hurting and currently helping myself heal by quietly observing and reflecting on all the good and bad that happened in my life.

What does love mean to you?: With everything that has happened with me, for me love is defined as genuine happiness. If I’m with someone, doing something, and/or be someplace, I know I can be myself and feel happy, that’s love. A connection made, whether short or long lived, as long as it’s memorable, simple, and most importantly if it brings happiness to me and to everyone around me, that’s love.

Jeremy Manning


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