Saturday, April 05, 2008

Wait No More

Opportunities wait for no one - not if you're busy, not if you're absent, and certainly not if you're afraid. - The Philippine Star

As I was growing up I certainly had a lot of influences in many aspects of my life. My mom and dad were my teachers in the School of Life. I was taught that life's opportunities are not handed to you in a platter, it is up to you to make things happen.

Well it was not always easy for me to do that, in fact, up to now I still am not so aggresively pursuing the things I want in life. For a long time, I was only a spectator in my life. I was guilty of leaving things to fate. But life has taught me otherwise. If I wanted to make things happen, I have to move...and move NOW!

A few days ago my daughters performed in their school's elementary graduation ceremony. Eventhough my kids were not among those who were going to graduate I couldn't help but feel teary eyed when the graduation March started to play and the young graduates walked along the aisle. It was as if I was suddenly transported back in time. I was reminded of my own graduation.

I remembered feeling euphoric and so ready to take on the world. I wanted to become a doctor and having been accepted in the best Med School in the country was really mind-boggling! I thought I was on the right track, my life was in sync with my goals. But towards my pre-med course graduation my life turned around. I realized becoming a doctor might not be for me. It entailed time and dedication and you have to be in the best of health. I went on 24-hours duty in the hospital.When I was doing my intership at various hospitals I got sick...almost all the time. But at least I was still in the same field of helping people get well. I took the next best thing.

I was lost after that, the path that I have chosen for myself as young as 3 years old suddenly toppled over. I had to find my way back again. Since I psyched myself to work in the hospital, I had a hard time envisioning myself doing something different. I thought I was going to fail myself and my family. Miserably.

Not! I decided that I could either mope around jobless for the rest of my life or find something I could be good at aside from becoming a doctor and actually get paid! Well it did not happen immediately, like in the movies. But what was more important was IT did happen! It took a lot of my time, a lot of my patience - not to mention my mom and dad's hehe - but it happened. I discovered I could be good at something totally different - like officework and actually excel at it!

As to becoming a doctor, well I play that role a lot of times with my kids and sometimes to my mom and dad. I make sure that they are in good health 100% of the time and I take good care of them when they get sick 24/7. And getting "thank yous and i love yous" in return was surely worth more than money could ever buy.

Interestingly our company's battle cry this year is very interesting and inspiring. Just five words but it could change the way you see your life.

It's up to you. smile


surjit said...

Hi Sophiagurl,
Thanks for sharing an interesting part of you life.Actually everything is predestined and things are getting their shapes with the passage of time.Our duty is to make our sincere efforts but fruits of efforts lie in His Hands.
I admire your message:
God bless.

Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

this is quite inspiring.. i needed to read it now that i have sagging self esteem and at a loss for what to do with my own career. I need to believe that i can still do something more worthy than what i have been doing for the last 12 years. now, blogging helped me recover my lost self. next time it will be "it's up to me". thanks

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kirdes said...

Thank you for sharing your life....this is a great blog.

Impressionist said...

Thanx for sharing this! :)
and yes, Our time is now, Believe!
I wish I did! heh


Impressionist said...

thanx for sharing!
and yes, Our time is now, Believe!
I wish I did! huh


Lena said...

We can never know where the life path will lead us but i am glad you found something you can do excellent besides being a doctor :)

jen said...

wow... i could relate to that! you know what... you have gone so far than what you have aimed for... we all have our own calling in life and i believe that you have done your part very well! thank you for sharing!!!! and welcome back!!!hehe

Faizal said...

Hi there, just dropping by to say Hello,

I found your blog from the Big Bang Master List.

Have a nice day.

zunnur said...

Hi Sophiagurl,

I think, doing work that we enjoy, which we could easily adapt is best for a healthy life. It helps to bring joy and happiness as we're doing something we're sort of designed for. Choosing a right career is very important.

You've made the right move. With great courage to overcome the fear for the risk, you chose a new path that brought you a better life.

My ambition was to become a doctor too but I didn't had a chance to further my studies in that field due to some bureaucracy. I was very sad at that time but after a few years I was grateful for the job that God had lead me to as I realized that Medicine isn't for me, I'm not "designed" for it. I would have regretted if I had gone that way.

louann said...

Really Sophia? It was interesting to know that you did go that far!

A big part of success I think really depends on whether YOU love what you do.

*~*Sameera*~* said...

That was a very inspiring post dear.I have always admired your spirit and this post was like icing on the cake :)

Hope you are doing fine.Sorry for not having been able to visit you,was away for a while.

Take care.God Bless!

Sophiagurl said...

Hi Guys! I would like to apologize for being out of touch for such a long time. Work life has taken it's toll and I hope to be back writing again soon.

It's really heartwarming reading your messages...I loved all of them.

God bless you all!

zunnur said...

Hi Sophiagurl,
So glad to see you again. Yeah, work can sometimes deprive us of our time. Take your time and come back when you've recovered from the "exhaustion", we'll be here waiting.