“I want to be an astronaut when I grow up,” said young Delilah.
“You live in a tiny village outside a small town next to a great big city.” said her mother. “You will stay here and work on our farm. You will never be an astronaut.”
Indeed, Delilah worked on the farm for many years and grew old. On her final day, in the care of the local villagers, she turned and asked, “Was I an astronaut?” And they said, “Yes. You were a great astronaut.” And she said, “Really? I was?” And they said, “Shhh…No more talking.”
(Inspired from the book of Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously I’m Kidding)
When I fly in my dreams I am the absolute WORST. I hit walls. I skid off buildings. On a bad night, I overshoot entire planets. But still I go to sleep hoping to soar.
Totally unrelated to this photo, but today I spent a long and wonderful time with my boss, Sir PK, who’ve just arrived from the U.S., but didn’t bother his jet lag, and chose to spend a fine afternoon over an extra hot cup of coffee with me.
We’ve spent five long hours discussing corporate, while teaching me strategies on how to handle my business dealings in their absence (Sir Rajeev and him), while managing our operations here in the Philippines. It takes a lot of courage and a deep sense of pride to see myself sitting next to the owner of the company that I work for, who has proven so much during his entire career through his achievements, and I am humbled. We’ve met couple of clients in the afternoon and taught me business relations on a different level. It was awesome!
Well, I am not here to basically share corporate discipline and strategies. (I bet you know them better than me.) But among all the good things that he have taught me today, one thing stroke me the most. He said, “You see in our business dealings, many times we were cheated and fooled by other businessmen, but we did not stop trusting blindly. You should not stop trusting people AJ, and see the good in them. You gain the business or not, you work on gaining friendship. That’s how you grow your network. You should never stop trusting blindly, same goes with your personal life, if at some point, during your close encounters with other people, and they hurt you, it should not teach you to close your heart.”
I GRIND while they sleep.
I LEARN while they party.
I LIVE when they dream.
I am done with just surviving.
I welcome the war you are declaring, if it is the only way to spare myself from the circus that you are dragging me, and spare my career from your madness.
If you are down, remember that strength is a light from within.
It shines on despite the plight.
So shine on, earthly wanderer, for you are made of stars.
I wanna go on a road trip someday. Alone with someone I love. I wanna get away. Explore places. Sleep in the car. Stop a lot just to admire the view. Visit museums and try out coffee shops. Listen to my favorite albums while driving. Have a Polaroid camera. Take pretty pictures of the sunrise. Run through a forest. Chase fog. Chase the sun. Spend hours on field making crowns. Feel the wind on my face. Buy souvenirs. Meet people. Lie down at the beach on a moonless night, with the stars shining bright. Take time to observe. I wanna make memories – the joys of being alive.
I learned a long time ago not to seek approval from people, rather to do what’s in my heart. From that point on I started making decisions that were in line with my core values and principles.
I do not believe in revenge, I do not believe in negativity in any form anymore. I am thankful for the people who doubted me, because they set me free to make decisions without seeking approval.
I hope one day they will see you that you have a dream…
that you have faith in yourself,
that you can beat the damn odds, backed with lifetime of hard work, with the optimism that one day you will realize your dream,
and them, not finding roots of weaknesses in you.