The Year of Gaining Clarity

31 12 2013

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. It’s true. I am most fortunate and appreciative to have found my spot. Thank goodness for the wondrous pair of eyeglasses that 2013 handed me.

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I have recognized my God-given talent and skills, which thankfully complement my interests and the job I have. Some people don’t get to do what pleases them. Others don’t even have the slightest idea of what they really want. And I get paid for doing something I actually enjoy doing (writing and watching TV). I will forever be grateful for this. (Kapusong totoo! Naks!)

I have discerned which people in my life are in it for the long haul, willing to stick it out until the very end, and which ones I’m happy to show the exits to since their first instinct is to bail at the first whiff of smoke. (Akala siguro nila may sunog. Hindi nila alam, nag-iihaw lang ako ng barbecue para pagsaluhan namin. Eh gusto palang umalis, eh di go. Ipag-eempake ko pa sila.)

I have come to the terms with the fact that I am a very good friend. (Nakakatuwa nga raw kasi akong kasama. Pero hindi ako bitter, pramis. Haha!)

Disappointments will come. And yes, they will go, too. So don’t be afraid when moments of uncertainty and skepticism arise because they are just that –- moments. Even in times of slump and desperation, all is not lost. You will snap out of it because these are just phases everybody goes through. Learn to roll and learn your role. Only after you’ve accepted what is real will you gain closure. After closure comes clarity. And after clarity comes conviction.

Things around us will continue to change, and at times we will falter, but faith will keep us grounded. Steady. Firm. In order for us to bounce back and make a higher leap the next time. Just know in your heart that something good will come out of it. And don’t let that passion to succeed go.

That is what basically 2013 inculcated in me. So here I am now, 2014. Better than ever. Ready to take things a notch higher than usual and do them with flare in more ways than one.

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. I pray it comes true for you, too.

Have a JOLLY 2014, one and all! May the clarity and conviction be with us!

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The Year of Crossing Finish Lines

31 12 2012

When 2012 began, nothing was certain for me. I was out of a job, clueless of what’s next, and grasping for limited options. All I had was faith. And even that was running low. I was in a lot of doubts and was almost ready to give in to desperation. But thankfully, the year had other plans – deal-breaking, perspective-redefining, and ultimately, life-changing things – in store for me.

In February, I was interviewed for a job in GMA Network. In my exam and during my interviews, I was frequently asked: “Why do you want to become a promo writer?” My answer was always sure and simple: “For as long as I can recall, I have always been fond of television. That’s why the idea of becoming a part of the whole process most certainly makes me excited. Finally, something that is naturally me; not something that is an acquired taste, not something that I accept simply because there is no other choice; but something that snuggly fits.” I got in. It took me several jobs in seven years to get to this point. I dreamed. I believed. I survived the battle for the big break. 😉

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I am far from being the most physically fit person. But this year, I took interest in running.  In addition to indoor and outdoor trainings, I participated in three 10-kilometer runs (PR: 1 hour, 9 minutes), two 16-kilometer runs (PR: 1 hour, 57minutes), and last September, finished my very first half-marathon (3 hours, 19 minutes). Sadly, running had to take a back seat after my 21-K run. I intend to get back next year, though. I will.

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As a newbie, it was expected of me to partake in the presentation for the Christmas party. I was up for it since it’s been years since I last did this. And the whole thing was such a memorable experience. It was amazing to witness great minds and talented individuals (singers, dancers, musicians, artists, and practically everyone in the department) working hand-in-hand for a routine polished to perfection. It was a performance I am proud to be part of. Definitely an item ticked off my bucket list.

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2012 taught me that no matter how distant and inconceivable your target might seem, after all those moments of doubts and desperation have passed, your heart’s relentless faith and passion will egg you on and everything will just come together. All you need to do is keep moving forward because every stride you make, be it small or significant, brings you closer to your goals. Other people will always have something to say, both encouraging and disapproving. Leave them be. They won’t matter in the end, anyway. Just keep your focus and look out for what gives you happiness. Only then will you realize that it isn’t necessarily greener on the other side all the time – especially if you’ve just crossed the finish line. You will simply be filled with contentment, love, and joy. “’Cause happy is what happens when all your dreams come true.”

That doesn’t mean the hard work stops, though. It actually signifies that you are ready to take on bigger things you can ever imagine.

Last year, maaga kong inangkin ang 2012. Hindi ako nabigo. Yun nga siguro ang susi. Kaya ang banat ko ngayon: MAS MATAYOG ANG LILIPARIN NGAYONG 2013!

Have a JOLLY 2013, everyone! 😀