Being True to Yourself


So many times I have seen the above on many a friend’s Facebook Wall and finally got prodded to comment, as follows:

“Wise sharing friend XXX. Am okay with all except two things: Just live for yourself and Before you write, Think. This is just my personal opinion. No person lives by himself alone, or should I rephrase it as no way a man can live by himself alone? And thinking before writing? That’s for the novelists and published authors, not for ordinary people, just as I am, who, always write, instantly or spontaneously what is in my mind. If you think first, then you are not being true to yourself, your real you. My point is, if one is mature and responsible enough, anything that comes out from his/her mouth or out of his/her writings is acceptable enough. If someone gets hurt or intimidated, then it is so because one was honest and frank enough to tell that person off. No buts, for me. Either you read or not read!”

[Note: The above quoted words, allegedly made by Shakespeare, are still subject for research. Those words are not the ways of how Shakespeare expressed his thoughts.]


About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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