So Maybe I Am Damaged

January 29, 2013

All My Ramblings, Love

lonelybearI saw a friend of mine post the image below (see bottom of this blog) on Facebook.  Emotionally stable, intelligent, good looking – pick two for your partner or for yourself, however you want to do it.

It’s quite funny really how it reflects the reality of how seldom it is that you would find everything you want or ever dreamed of in a person. I’m not talking about just the three choices in the image but every single, imaginable positive trait you want – your own idea of perfection. Maybe there are a lucky few but they must be God-like, really, if they are. But for the rest of us normal people, amidst all our positive traits, there seems to always be a catch, some sort of damage or brokenness, in all of us.

Just look at relationships. Is there ever one that is smooth-sailing from start to finish? Is there ever one that does not involve disagreements or challenges? No relationship is perfect because the people involved in it are not perfect as well.

Maybe your partner is beautiful, intelligent, funny, inspiring, mature, stable, loving and thoughtful beyond belief, and stimulating in every possible way. But what’s the catch? There is always a catch. Maybe despite all that, your partner has his or her share of insecurities, shallowness, stubbornness, recurring jealousy, co-dependency or some other type of emotional imbalance, maybe even an unwillingness to compromise. The catch can be beyond a trait. It could be financial or family problems, an addiction to work, kids from a previous relationship or maybe a past so broken that it just negatively affects every view he or she has of the future.

Sometimes these little imperfections get in the way of the happy relationship that you might have, so irritating at times that it would bring you to re-think everything. But is it the right thing to do? I think it is important to keep in mind that there is a reason why a person is the way he is. Something in the past made him that way and it does not mean he is like that just because he wants to. The same goes for you. Just like your imperfect partner and everybody else in this imperfectly weird and wonderful world, you are imperfect too. In the end, each one of us just wants to be understood, accepted, needed and loved. I am sure you do not want people to easily give up on you so do not just give up on people that easily too. You have got to always focus on the amazing and beautiful things you share with your partner and put more weight on the positive traits, all of those that made you fall in love with your partner in the first place.

So, yes, I guess we are all damaged. But it’s the people around us that accept us for who and what we are and see our beauty beyond our imperfections, that help heal us and help us transcend our shortcomings. Honestly, I am as damaged as they come. I have my own issues and challenges, and the savage ability to drive a partner crazy but I know I have a lot to offer as well. I am aware of my imperfections but it does not mean I just sit on my butt and allow them to freely grow like stubborn weeds. My life is a constant work in progress and so are my emotions. As I continuously strive for improvement, though, I also want to just be accepted and loved despite everything.

For all the awesome people in my life who stick with me through my craziness, thank you and I love you back. In return, I offer you every inch of my warmth, fuzzy love, joy, all the care I can offer, and my undying loyalty through hell or high water. Know that you are in my life because I choose you to be in it and I, too, accept you for all that you are and would keep your hand safely in mine despite any kind of insane warning label, waivers and disclaimers you come neatly bundled up with.

Cheers! 😉

© Karen Cornejo, January 2013


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About Karen Cornejo

My name is Karen and I am a true blooded Gemini. I was born in 1981 in the uber chaotic but equally beautiful city of Manila in the Philippines. I have recently relocated to Singapore, where I have been living for over a year now. I currently work as regional sales & marketing manager for a wonderful company that promotes wellness, purpose and abundance through our very unique product – therapeutic-grade essential oils. Since my life-long dream is to live in a beautiful island and do nothing but be happy and write…then might as well start living that dream now. Well, it’s only the writing part of that dream that I can afford at the moment, thus, this blog. Better to have a piece of that big dream than nothing at all! It is also true that I started this blog “because I’m tired of talking to myself.” Writing is my ultimate stress reliever. Most of the time, what I write is what I actually want to tell myself to give myself some needed reassurance that in the end, everything will be alright. I live each day with so much passion and there is nothing more I would want than to share this passion for life with everyone else. So this blog is for you as much as it is for me. I would love to hear from you too. For comments or whatever, feel free to drop me a note at or like my page on Facebook Thank you for reading my ramblings You are awesome! Love, Karen

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5 Comments on “So Maybe I Am Damaged”

  1. moviewriternyu Says:

    I like your message of basically “find the silver lining” or ” take the time to focus on the positives”. I’ve been in too many relationships where it was easier to complain and point out faults. That’s why those are now past relationships. I really do try to keep it positive now, and it really helps that my better half truly does make me feel like a better person. 😀 PS — Fix the typo in the title of the post!!!


    • Karen Cornejo Says:

      HOLY CRAP! Thanks for calling out that typo! Hahaha it was 2am when I posted that and my eyes were heavy 🙂 Thanks a bunch! Good on you that you are keeping positive now. It’s really a team effort in a relationship. Couples need to help each other go through all the hurdles, big or small. Gosh thanks again 😀


  2. Philips O Says:

    Truly, imperfection is of being human and that is something each of us has to bear…more so when we greatly affected by the challenges that sometimes are unbearable more particularly if it involve our emotions..often times we react too soon and this is true in terms of relationship with people and most of all with our partner…best is for us to practice more to be positive with our outlook in in agreement with you.


  3. Fermin B Says:

    Very powerful sharing…… So what if I am damaged from now on! hahahahaha…..


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