This week’s errands included office hopping along Ayala Avenue. I must admit, I haven’t been there in a while. No, there’s no issue of avoiding the area ‘cause I used to work there. I just usually have no business there.
Thing is, walking those same concrete steps reminded me of alife I once had. I tell my friends all the time how happy I am now – that former life of mine seeming so distant the moment I left it. But earlier, seeing the buildings, the button downs, experiencing the underpass again, reminded me of how real that whole other life was. And wow, I really left it – stability, structure, pencil skirts and all – to follow a dream.
Truth be told, I made that decision on a whim. Another secret? I have no idea what’s next for me. I went to school again, took up a short course in Fashion Design, tried a few different things on the side and am still trying out stuff. Now school’s over and I’m figuring out what to do next. And of course it scares the hell out of me! But I’m also excited. I might go back to a 9-5 and I might not. Who knows? One thing’s for sure. I have never regretted that decision to leave.
I’m an advocate of clichés – my favorite one being ‘follow your dreams’. I know we all have them, some just choose to push them aside. Or worse, put them on a pedestal and think of those dreams as just dreams –ideas to play around with but never to pursue.
I know some think it’s easier said than done. And you guys might be right – it might be really difficult to do, but it can be done. If there’s anything SoFA and the people around me have taught me, it’s that we can make things happen.
Now I’m not telling you to shift courses all of a sudden or quit your high-paying jobs to pursue a passion. I guess I just want you guys to revisit those dreams – ideas that make you smile without you even realizing it. Revisit them with a newfound certainty that they can be achieved. And you never know, maybe that change in perception would lead to a change in action.