You are the first man who taught me about love.
What I know about this four letter word and how it should look like is because of you
You are far from perfect, there were times that I hated you
But for giving me life, for protecting and guiding me, Papa, the worth that I see in myself I owe it to you.
You are an authoritative figure.
I remember being scared when you get mad.
But time passed and now I always look forward to our grown-up conversations.
For giving me golden advice and the eloquence to speak my thoughts,
Thank you Lolo, a part of my wisdom, I owe it to you.
You guys showed me that not all men are pigs.
You amazed me with how smart and talented you are.
You were my source of laughter, drinking and study buddies.
You were a big part of who I’ve become.
Oh how I miss our laughs and intellectual banters,
College bros, thank you for showing me what fun is, my smiles in my teenage years, I owe it to you.
To the first guy I fell in love with, oh boy, I can’t even say
You made me laugh until I snort, you made me cry until I thought I would never see the beginning of another day.
Heartbreak is too painful but you made me realize,
I am worthy of love and I deserved better,
So much better than how you treated me.
My first tears out of love, I owe it to you.
To the last guy I loved, it sucks that it didn’t work out.
You got me and I got you, it was a magic that is rarely found.
Too afraid or too young? I don’t know which one it is.
As the cliche goes, “I’m happy for you, even if it’s not with me.”
You’re my “Maybe one day” or maybe you’re a lesson learned, but it’s okay.
My clarity for the next person I’ll love, I owe it to you.
To my two guy best friends who I’m in med school with,
Who saves me when I drown,
Who laughs and drinks with me and hugs me when I weep,
You both are puzzling and funny, too smart sometimes to your own demise.
I hope as we journey med school, our friendship goes strong,
For your company, I’m grateful,
My smiles and comfort in med school, I owe it to you.
Sometimes we spend so much time hating on the wrong ones,
We often forget that we have good hearts around us.
And so to the person reading this, think of the good men out there.
Focus on them, love them, and be with them.