Excerpt from True Love is a Game Changer

By CJ Mercado-Ballesteros


Since high school, I’ve always thought about that one true love that everyone talks about.

The kind of love that will make your heart skip a beat. The kind that will make you feel secured and happy and taken care of. The kind that will almost always make you daydream because there’s another person out there who feels the same way about you.

For me, it’s a feeling that is both funny and satisfying.

With all these feelings I’ve associated with love, it also made me think if that kind of love really exists. It made me question the possibility of having another person whom you can really care about.

It made me think if I can care for another person that much—wherein everything you do, will do and can do is for that beloved someone.

I thought, well maybe—just maybe—that kind of love really exists. My mama has proven that kind of love for me. So maybe, it is really possible.

But of course, maternal love is different, unconditional and cannot be really compared to other forms of love we are accustomed to or the ones we often dream of.

So again, I thought, maybe that kind of love is rare, even impossible.

Years passed. I met several men, dated some and had relationships with a chosen few.

But in all those years, it never occurred to me that I am capable of giving the same kind of attention and unconditional love to a man, the kind that my own mother can give me.

Photo by CJ Mercado-Ballesteros


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About CJ

Christine Joy C. Mercado-Ballesteros has been in the software engineering industry for more than six years. Her passion for dancing grows as she continuously participate in the G-Force project and still finds time to hone her baking/cooking skills. She watches Korean novelas to relax.

She has been married for almost two years and has been blessed with a lovely daughter with whom she shares all her passions with.


Photos by CJ Mercado-Ballesteros



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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

Before I Do Anthology

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

Disclaimer: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, places or persons, living or dead is entirely coincidental. Image from Pexels.com.

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