Archive for June 2011

I was able to watch Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom yesterday with my parents. My mom was a big fan of the first movie, and we decided to treat her out on a movie date. I can’t believe it, halfway through the movie, I was crying! Such a baby, but the movie just proved to be so relevant, not because I was abandoned as a child, or was adopted by a duck, but because I had some things in my past I truly am not in peace with. If the theme of the first movie was fixed around cherishing the “today”, the second installment of the movie is summarized in this quote by The Soothsayer:

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Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… …So who are you?”

    The Past

I was one of those kids who graduated from High school during the peak of the demand for nurses abroad. I am also one of the children who were forced by her parents to go into nursing. I was an only child, and the responsibility to look after my parents would solely be mine after graduating from college. My parents wish to retire soon, and they just want me to be well off on my own, and still be able to support them when the time comes that they would choose to retire. I had to forget my dreams of becoming a makeup artist, a fashion designer, and leave all of those for a course that was a far cry from the glamorous world of fashion.

Years into my course, I knew that this wasn’t for me. I was severely depressed and noticed I had suicidal tendencies. I felt this was driving me to insanity, trying to love something that you don’t. Add to that the fact that I was enrolled in one of the top universities in the Philippines, with undeniably the highest standards of education here in the country. I was beyond stressed: crying myself to sleep every night, neglecting my health. I knew I just had to graduate, and I can get my life back.

The Present

    The happiest day of my life was the day of my board exams. I thought to myself, after this board exam, I will be free! I can do whatever I want with my life. Little did I know that God would have a different plan for me.

    It’s who I choose to be..

    I passed the Nursing Licensure Exam with flying colors. That’s me on the Top 8 spot.

    I got a job as a researcher and part time lecturer in the review center I studied in. — here’s me with a colleague and one of my students.

    This was taken during the final coaching. Me in the middle with my co-researchers and topnotchers.

    I did not give up on my dreams to become a makeup artist. I’ve been practicing since.

    What makes the John Robert Powers’ Personality Development Workshop so relevant today, for me personally, is my constant need to face people: I’m a nurse-midwife, and I must present myself well to my clients. I am also a lecturer, which entails that I have to teach in a manner that would 1) help my students relate to what I am teaching, 2) help my students relate to me. I know that the personality development workshop would help me achieve my dreams, whatever they may be, by helping me relate to anyone I face. I know that this is the first big step to success. 🙂


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