Friday, November 8, 2013

Routes of Life

Funny but true, right?
I remember adults kept forcing me to study hard and get to know the great men of the past back when I was still in school. I am referring to the men who made a mark on our history like Jose Rizal and other notable men; the men who are responsible for civilization, and inspired us to be philosophical and observe moral values. 

We shouldn't wonder why adults force youngsters to learn about these men, especially since the youth are much eager to learn are always curious. Besides, they have much fewer things to worry about, no bills to pay, no meals to plan, no boss to please, and no job to earn their keep. In short, this phase is the best time to learn about the importance of being passionate and having good values. It is the stage of life where an empty cup should be filled with the right attitude essential for a brighter future.

When I graduated, a few years ago, I was so excited yet scared at the same time since I kept thinking that I might not be able to like the first job that would come knocking on my door. At first, I was quite picky when it comes to the company I want to get into as well as the position I want to apply for. I was looking for a company that is already established, so when I tell my friends, they wouldn’t ask me too much about the company since it’s already popular. The principle is pretty much the same as having your friends ask which brand of shoes you’re wearing. You would just say, “Oh, it’s Prada, or Nike, or Lacoste”. If you mention a high-end brand, there would be no follow-up questions, because people know these brands only too well. 

Months have passed, but my pace for this self-made marathon for a job seemed to slow down. I waited until an opportunity came before me. I felt afraid that I might lose it, so I seized it instantaneously. I got the job, but while I was working, I was still yearning for the good times I used to have when I was still a student. I was living in the past, which is why it was difficult for me to face the present. Nevertheless, I continued to go to work every day, and was able to learn how to appreciate what I have. After realizing this, I began to get along with my colleagues and became friends with them.

As I begin to embark on a journey to get out of my comfort zone, I got to experience a lot of things that took my breath away. Then, I found myself sharing these experiences and thoughts to others, and in return, they also shared their stories to me. In this way, I was able to ponder how I can go on with my life, and try to avoid as much hitches as I possibly can. I got to know the struggles of the great men of the past when I was young. Now, although I am neither a philosopher nor a heroine, I see myself wearing the same shoes they have worn. I am still struggling and learning day by day.

The last route one has to take is the road to old age. Well, I can’t incorporate this in my life yet since I’m still in my 20s. However, I would say that the route to old age is where people bid goodbye to their active life, and let younger ones take charge. I remember the time when my grandmother was sitting on a rocking chair, staring at her innocent granddaughters playing (including me, of course) as well as her sons conversing with one another. I came to realize then that she is already a fulfilled woman. Her body was weakened by the journey she took. I believe that the phase she is in is the one where she can have more time for herself. A time she can use to contemplate the experiences she had, to share her stories with her grandchildren, to have more time with God, and—when the right moment comes—be with God.
Now, I know that I am only beginning this journey in life wherein I can get to know a lot more than what the four corners of a classroom can offer. I am in the active stage of my life, so I simply need to make it memorable. I will encounter a great deal of problems, that’s for sure, but I will not forget to smile. In fact, many people have asked me why I have an easy-going nature and why I always smile. Well, I tell them that they don’t have to take life too seriously; nobody makes it out alive anyway. 

Just kiddin'! :)




Written by: Jam Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
Photos: Milca Flores, Jam Daquio

17 comments:

  1. such a good post to read. HRM ka? Me too! at some point I miss schooling.. The perks of having a baon :D

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    1. haha! yes sis. and pwede kumain kahit nasa class :-D

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  2. So true, we should enjoy as much as we can yet still plan out how we can make the most of life.

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  3. I love that last line sis. Totoo yan. :) I've been away from school two years ago. Yes, super nakakatakot, it's like a real life journey na yung tatahakin mo and madaming pagsubok. All you need is faith, kaya mo yan! :)

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  4. Yes, real life journey can really be frightening lalo na if its your first time pero once you focus on what is currently happening and seize every moment of it you will then find comfort and happiness.

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  5. I also want to be like your grandmother, a fulfilled woman. I don't want to be like some old people who just wander in the streets without relatives who love them.

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  6. Hehe. Oh but that's true... Don't be too serious. People who do miss out on a lot of things and live to regret.

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  7. life is a continuous learning process, we learn more as we travel on to our life's journey :)

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  8. That's why we should really spend more time living life than worrying about it.

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  9. Our lives will not be complete without going through all the stages and processes. Let us welcome each and enjoy it to the fullest.

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  10. there are just a lot of things we have to do in life... but i guess, learning to enjoy and love what you do... might be one of the best thing there is. Yahweh bless.

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    1. Yes, love what you do and do what you love could be a different thing. yet the passion in there still lies, isn't?

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  11. I remember feeling the same way you are right now. Hey, life is too short, do what makes you happy

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  12. yes exactly! just enjoy life and take it as it goes

    yukluistyle

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  13. Hi! Why kaya d nag post yung comment ko? :( Anyway, as I've said before, just enjoy the present. The ups and downside of life. And give everything to God coz he'll take care of your future. :)

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  14. So, enjoy talaga pag nasa school. Masaya talaga pag nagluluto na at kainan pagkatapos. :)

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