Life is a journey…take the steps with me.
How the travelling started? It makes a lot of sense when you are held in a quarter life crisis (QLC). This a term coined from midlife crisis, for life period of 21 to 29 years of age. I perfectly fit this category. Like anyone after puberty or a college degree, it is meant to ask “What will I do now?”
I am a college degree holder in an esteemed university in the Philippines. At 19, I finished the course with non-flying grades. I was just an average student but I would like to boast that my IQ level is above average according to WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition.) Extra-curricular wise, I was cross training in different sports starting from arnis (local martial arts), to athletics (running division), to volleyball and to touch football. I joined the University league and Nationals for Taekwondo. Yes, I concur that I have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Also, at 19 years of age I started to be independent. This meant not having to ask dough from my folks. So I worked for money since I don’t belong to royalty. This age maybe late for other cultures but Filipino culture tend to have their kids until they are married. Sometimes, it could be forever. I started as a freelance model. I joined mostly events like bar tours, car shows, conventions, concerts, commercials, ads etc. I sharpened up and started hosting for events. I got in several local TV shows somehow. I also worked in a corporate setting as a spokesperson then landed some projects for organizing events and media relations. The world of marketing and advertising fascinated me.
At 24, I journeyed into food business and took up a master’s degree. The business was not giving enough for schooling so I have to go back to modeling. My sleeping and waking hours were just not enough with the business, the course and modeling. I was devastated, undernourished resulting to my melancholy.
I decided this is not my journey. I was spreading myself too thin. I need a break, I need to soul search. I finished my course until the 3rd term. Blessing in disguise, my usual event gave me the pink slip. My business was not in great shape and I had my mom take over. This gave me time to think…
The country I am in, Philippines, is a typical third world country where the rich are tremendously affluent and the poor are beyond compare. With 7, 107 islands, it is a gifted soil. There is so much wondrous nature explored and unexplored, indeed, gifted. The people have warm smiles and endured many struggles and famine (from nature and government).
Yet, I choose to leave the country I love and hate for many reasons…