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사랑해요

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I let you came into my life recently. It wasn't planned. I never had a plan to meet someone like you. But I gave you some space inside. I welcome you and you stay respectfully. I let you tell your story. Your life, your struggle, the way you coped with those... everything. I was touched by the way you survive back then. It is a beautiful story of yours that cherish me and feels so empowering. I feel encouraged. But then you suddenly quiet. You want to hear my story. I said: no. I love to hear yours and yours only. You said: what's the point of loving my story if you can't embrace yours? What's the point spend your time listening to me carefully if you don't listen to yourself alone? You already know my story, it is indeed painfully terrifying but I made it. I know you still have some issues. I'm here all ears. I don't think I need to share mine because I don't need people to feel empathetic towards me. But you said it wasn't the problem. You said, yo

Retno dan Senyumnya yang Pudar

"Mbak, ayo temenin gue." "Aduh. Lagi?" "Iya. Abis, mo gimana? Retno udah mohon-mohon banget, nih." Di situlah kemudian kami berdua , d i pojokan lapangan mungil yang gelap dan muram dekat toko kelontong kecil. Satu-satunya sumber cahaya adalah dari toko kelontong itu. "Lama gak kira-kira?" Aku bertanya sebab rasa dahaga mulai menggangguku. Bagaimana tidak haus jika kau berdiri dan berbincang sambil berdiri cukup lama ? "Retno bilang tadi cuma sebentar aja. Yang penting Aa Hasan sudah tenang." "Itu dia beneran bawa pisau?" Aku melirik toko kelontong yang mulai diturunkan separuh rolling door -nya. Jelas saat ini sudah pukul sembilan lebih. Tak ada toko atau warung yang bertahan buka lebih larut dari toko ini. "Gak tau, Mbak. Tapi kalo bawa, kan pasti geger ini satu kompleks." Ya jelas lah. Gegernya bukan karena Hasan bunuh diri, melainkan dia pasti disumpah serapahi bapak-bapak dan om-om tentara: mati

"Time Will Heal" is True, But...

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Kalian bisa jadi pernah dengar perkataan berikut: time will heal everything . Kalimat itu rasanya begitu menggugah, apalagi jika posisi kita sedang menggengam luka. Seperti ada optimisme muncul dan membawa kita untuk tak patah semangat. Tapi nih, ya, mommaap, emang iya, waktu menyembuhkan segalanya? Hehe. Siapa sih yang gak pernah terluka dalam hidupnya? Pasti, tiap-tiap dari kita pernah merasakan luka. Entah karena disakiti, entah karena kegagalan sehingga terjatuh sendiri, atau justru terluka karena kehilangan. Duh... Saat menghadapi luka menganga ini, rasanya ya... mungkin awalnya gak percaya. Fase denial . Mulai tumbuh pertanyaan-pertanyaan dan rasa tak percaya seperti: kenapa harus aku? Kenapa harus sekarang? Kenapa ini, kenapa itu... Saat rapuh macam ini, kalimat di judul postingan ini cukup dapat memberi ketenangan dan rasa damai. Sehingga, akhirnya fase denial itu dapat dilalui dan kita tiba pada fase lain yakni: menerima. Menerima kehadiran serangkaian peristiwa yang membawa l

If, someday...

I just stared at my screen for quite so long and decided to wrote about this. I had those years. We had those years. I know we might be leaving our dreams behind to faced our new responsibilities. We might completely forget about it. I know we might want something else, want to be somewhere else. Even at the end of the day we finally grew apart. You chase yours, while I was busy dedicating my whole day to the kids and family matters. I didn't be able to chase mine. Let alone you encouraged me to be on the same page with you. I crawled from my dark place to reach somewhere I belong. To regained my time again, to own my room again, to build my dreams from scratch again. And, here I am. It was not easy for me because sometimes I felt you don't think I deserve those. We left the trigger for some journeys and exchanged it for something hard and unpredictable. But you know what? We did it. This is something I quite proud of us back then. 😊 Remember when we didn't have money just

A Short Post about What I've Lost

I wrote this in just one sit. I promise I stopped wherever I finish. So here I go. I have a lot to tell since the last time I posted. I’ve lost my father due to Covid. It’s my biggest loss this year. I never imagined I would lose him in such way. He is not my favorite person, but (believe me) losing someone who we get used to in his presence is still painful. He is my son's favorite person. I had a hard time to tell my son. And the time I told him, he cried the loudest. He said he still wants to play with Akung (this is the way they called my father). I don’t have a lot of his picture on my phone because accidentally my phone is just broken days before we infected Covid. I only have a few of them from other phones. Both losing him and remembering his presence is my soft spot right now. I could cry a river the second his face pop out in my head There’s a lot to heal.[]

Camkan Ini:

Kapan kau mau berhenti? Kapan kau mau benar-benar pergi? Aku sudah muak. Muak dengan sikap tak mau tahumu. Muak dengan bagaimana kau selalu ingin dipahami. Muak dengan malam-malam di mana kau tak bisa tidur dan minta didongengi, lagi dan lagi. Kapan kau berani? Kapan kau mau kelahi? Lawan lah semua itu. Kau mungkin akan butuh waktu yang jauh lebih lama, tapi kan itu tak apa. Walau tak jelas yang kau takutkan itu sebenarnya apa. Apa? Setan? Bukan. Hantu? Bukan. Ia hanyalah satu rasa yang menjajah isi kepala dan meracunimu pelan-pelan. Sudah. Aku mau pergi.[]

Days Without Phone

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My phone is dying. Last Saturday morning (26th December), he jumped into the water while my husband took the boys in the shower. Don't ask how can it did happen. He is my seventh phone and has been with me for at least one and a half year. Just like you, I stored a lot of things there. After pulled it from water, I put it on the sack of rice for more than an hour, I guess. Still no sign of life. Ppfft. That evening we brought the phone to the service center nearby. I need it to be handling soon. It's an emergency because that day I had an appointment with someone and I have a project that still needs to progress. Run typical days without a phone is weird. Here, I want to share my notes on what has changed while my phone is away. I want to track down what things could be good if I totally off from my phone. I do believe there are good things about this. Day One: The time I realized my phone didn't respond to any instructions like restarting or total shut down, I went upstair