My One Choice
Two days ago, I saw this video during an event at work. It really moved me and motivated me about taking a risk and embracing risk. The title of the video is One Choice and yes, all you need to do is click on the hyperlink and it will redirect you to it. 🙂
These past few days, I’ve been actually thinking if I’ve made the right decision about leaving home and living life on my own. When I made this decision, all I have in mind is the thought that I get to do things on my own and explore places with only rules of my own. I didnt quite consider things like boarding house fee, getting food on my own, doing laundry, and spending wisely the money in my pocket. So imagine how culture shocked I was when I arrived here in Cebu.
Cebu has always been the place I wanted to visit ever since I graduated college. I’ve always wanted to visit the popular tourist spots and learn the language. I’ve had a few friends whom I’ve met in Bacolod, living here and convincing me to come over and visit. And like all the other plans that I’ve made, I never got the chance to take the action and do it. But not until I got this job offer from the biggest financial institution. The initial plan was to be in Cebu on November 5th, but for some reasons I couldnt share, I needed to ask the company to have it moved. I guess part of me doesnt really want to leave Bacolod. And of course, part of me doesnt want to be away from my comfort zone.
I travelled for about 12 hours or more. I wanted to try travelling via RoRo. I was thinking that I could see sights during the land trip but to my disappointment, I only saw the devastation that Yolanda left. I ended up sleeping with a pitiful heart during the whole trip. When we arrived in San Carlos, the bus had a stop over for everybody to eat lunch. During lunch, I hadnt still thought what my life would be in Cebu. I just felt like I’m going on vacation for a few days and that I’ll be back home after a week or so. When we rode RoRo, and finally made it to Cebu, that’s when my mind got preoccupied with the excitement that I’m finally doing this on my own and that I’m finally putting into action the biggest decision that I’ve made. Although I freaked out a little bit when I arrived way too late because the hotel driver is going to pick me up supposedly at 2, but it’s already 6 and I havent even reached the North Bus Terminal (Yep, I felt lost). Luckily for me, the driver was patient enough to wait for me for about 4 hours and gave me a guided tour on our way to the hotel. I was fascinated with the tall buildings and malls I havent seen in Bacolod. It’s like being in a different country! Yes, it did made me feel like as if I was born in the countryside rather that being born in the city. I went to Manila couple of times but it never made me feel that way. I am in deep awe. I love the feeling! I guess one of the factors why I never felt that way is because I always travel with someone, or that I always go to other cities where I have relatives living in. This time, it’s totally different. I TRAVELLED ALONE TO A PLACE WHERE I DONT HAVE ANY RELATIVES AND I DONT UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE.
Embracing the challenge! Let’s go!
Now, I’ve been staying here for 12 days. In those 12 days I’ve learned a lot about myself and about how to live life. And I know that there are still more lessons to learn. So far, I’m doing ok and everything seems fine. Although there are times that I get lonely and homesickness is killing me. The thought of home breaks my heart. How I long to sleep in my own bed, watch movies in my flat screen, play with my dogs, bond with my dad and taste my mom’s home cooked meals again. But all I could do is cure it by sleeping it out and getting over it. And count the days till I get home.
As for living in Cebu, I havent really explored the place much since I have work and I’m still adjusting to the life that I’m living now. For now, I’m just looking forward for the new things that I’m going to experience and learn. People here are very career-oriented. Life is fast but not as fast-paced like Manila. Cebu is very diverse. It’s like a little melting pot of different cultures. Expats scatter everywhere which is a good sign for a growing city. Interesting!
I feel that something special is in store for me here, and I’m really looking forward to find out what it is. This soul searching is doing me good and I liked it. I am out and islands away from my home, my city and I’m thrilled!
Before I end this post I want to share with you my favorite lines from the video ONE CHOICE in hope that someday, somehow, it will always motivate you to take chance and be happy 🙂
If you want to create a new happier life, to change your future for the better… take a deep breath, take a chance, and make a choice.
W H Y ?
Because you’re always only one choice away from changing your life.
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