“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
I graduated in elementary and high school with honors and recognition. When I about to enter college, I was confused of what course would I take. Some might say you should choose the path of your dream. But I asked myself, what is my dream? The very first thing that echoed as an answer on my mind is that, my dream is to finish my studies, graduated, find a decent job, earn and help my family.
Dream is just that too far. You have to go through ups and down.
Through scholarship I entered college in a private and known university. I took up BS Commerce because I believe that with this course, I could easily find a job after I graduated. I had finished my two years and took up summer course when my mother told that I had to stopped the next semester. My mother will give birth to my 5th sibling and my parents income is not enough to support all of our expenses. Immediately after telling me the plan, I tried to apply for a part time job but I was unlucky. It was a hard decision but that time I had no other choice. So as the eldest I had to give way in order to prioritize my other siblings. (Naks, bait baitan! LOL!) Actually when my mother told me that, I was really crying (with matching padabog dabog pa! LOL) Yes it was really hard for me, because you know, it’s like taking a bath when you are almost in the middle with all the soap and shampoo all over you then suddenly you realize there is no water for rinsing.
I decided to move on and change my plan. (kumbaga wag mo ipilit kung di talaga para sayo, babalik yan kung mahal ka talaga, ay! LOL) I applied, got hired and work in a manufacturing company as a production staff for six months. After the contract end, I applied again to another manufacturing company of which I got recommended through agency. I told to myself maybe this is my chance to earn and help my family. For almost a year, I can say that things are well although it is not a high paying job, I still manage to support my family.
Dream can help you explore the world and find your purpose in life.
One time, my aunt asked me if I was still interested to continue my study, that she is willing to support me. At first, I was hesitant because of some family issue but then I earned my courage to accept it in accordance with the study now pay later agreement between us.
I took part time job so as not to rely every expense to my aunt (baka din kasi machismis ng ibang relatives ko na mahilig ako humingi, LOL!) My previous landlady offered me to become her part time house helper to be able to save for the rent. After a month I got another part time job as Sales staff of a famous clothing brand operated in a mall. I moved to another boarding house near the school and gave up the job from my landlady. I worked on my part time day shift for 5 hours then starting 4pm until 8pm is my nigh shift schedule at school. I have also my Saturday and Sunday schedule at work since more people tend to go to mall on weekend, more opportunity for sales. (oh di ba todo na ‘to! Babaeng walang pahinga LOL!) It was really a sacrifice, with all those sleepless nights studying especially during exam, doing assignments, and projects for feasibility study and business plan while working during the day. It was a challenge to balance my time, effort and budget my salary (kahit wala naman mababudget at tukod na lagi LOL!). It challenges me more during my on the job training of which I had to prioritize the latter than my part time job, so less income for me.
But just like the old saying “Pag may tinanim may aanihin , Pag may tiyaga may nilaga”, at last, after two years of hardships, I graduated. All of my sweat, headache, eyebags, varicose veins (standing ovation during my duty at work LOL!) and everything just pay off. Glory be to god.
When you are determined to achieve something especially your dream, you have to be focus, make some plans and work on it, with God’s grace and guidance, nothing is impossible.
–Katherine Joy Cura