How time flies so fast. The photo above was taken before my graduation rite inside the PICC. Facebook just reminded me that it was five years ago since it was posted. Ang bilis lang. And looking at that photo, I remember the struggle to get there – even telling my mom that I can’t possibly graduate on time.
But since bidding goodbye to academic student life, I thought, how far have I gone for the past five years?
For sure, my batchmates and friends are in way better position now than myself. I know some have been enjoying their corporate life. Some are engineers while others are in sales and marketing. Some are accountants, while others are in financial institutions and in government positions. For sure, they’re having a good life. Their posts in social media tell they are.
Me? I can’t even share a solid success story.
I landed a job in Johnson & Johnson Philippines 4 years ago. It was a high paying job (if not the highest) relative to the industry, not to mention the incentives quarterly and annually. I was able save a lot (me being matipid in all ways). I can travel and buy the food and things I want while supporting my family needs. After 3 years, I got the promotion which means there is salary increase. And for me, it was a massive increase. My team and the management were really the people you want to be part of.
That was my success story. But it came to an end when I submitted my resignation almost 4 months ago.
I always feel that I am not a corporate person, that I can’t be a corporate slave, against what the academe tells us where to go. One of the weird things I always think of when I was still in corporate was, what if I want to travel the world? I only have 15 days leave credit per year. That was way too short for me. LOL. Yet, I always dreamt of travelling around the world. That will always be my ultimate dream.
And I can’t do that if I can’t own most of my time. Thus, why I left JNJ. I just wanted to live my life with my rules of the game, instead of playing around others’ rules of the game.
As such is, yung hindi ko na kelangan magpaalam sa boss ko na magbabakasyon ako. O kaya hindi ko kelangan madaliin yung bakasyon ko kasi may trabaho pa. Or I dont have to go to work nang walang gana, instead will work based on my body’s clock.
I just wanted my time to be with myself and my loved ones so I can live my life based on my timeline. Most importantly, I don’t wanna be in any of the scenario below.
I already put up my own website for my internet business as a lifestyle entrepreneur. The only challenge now is I can’t find my rhythm yet in this new endeavour. I haven’t found yet my perfect business. My concept is not peaking up yet. So I am stuck now thinking about changing my niche market or strengthening my position.
And I am feeling the pressure while doing that. I have to sustain my family support while at the same time, securing my everyday expenses. (This is when I realized that ‘adulting’ is real 😂)
But I just wanna keep going. Although may mga araw na tinatamad ako kumilos, I still wanna make an impact. Kung paano, I can’t really say how but I’d like to think that someday, every effort and every struggles will all be worth it seeing better results day by day.
Hopefully, that will be the start of my success story. I hope I can prove to people that owning your time is achievable while at the same time living your dreams. Some of the people in the closed group I joined in Facebook were able to achieve it. I hope I can too.