Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~ Andre GideMy 10 year old nephew asked me once out of the blue, “Tita bakit ka mayaman?” (Tita why are you rich?). I was caught off guard and I told him how can he say I am rich? He replied because I’m still young and yet I have several properties, I have my own car and I can go anywhere I want. It’s not easy to explain to a 10 year old the value of money. I just told him I am not “rich”; I just know how to control my spending with the money that I have.
Which is actually true. It’s not how much you are earning, it’s how you live your life knowing your financial limitations and goals. At a very young age, while I knew I could move mountains, I was also aware that we didn’t have the financial resources of others. In spite of that, I also knew that there was nothing impossible to accomplish if you have a strong faith in God and the desire to better yourself. I set a goal in life and I vowed I would achieve it or die trying. I wanted to travel the world when the time came and I knew then that I would and to date, I’ve traversed throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe and I vow to see so much more… oh yes so much more!
exploring the ruins in Rome and trying to decipher the wall carvings in Cambodia
I grew up with simple needs and a simple life. I believe as we go through our trials in life, it shapes and molds the person we eventually become. With that said, I choose not to partake in alcohol, smoking, or even make-up. I enjoy the comfort of my practical outfits too, I just don’t care about branded clothing or expensive gadgets unless I consider them a necessity. The only thing in my life I don’t mind spending for is life’s daily necessities, my collection of books, my family and my travels.
In time, I am sure I will travel the world. The desire and passion which emanates from my soul is fuel and motivation that will assist me in exploring the beauty of this world with my naked eye. This would be the final culmination of my dream to satisfy my wanderlust… It will take a lifetime but I live for this.. oh yes I live for this..
So do you have that dream that you think you can’t achieve? In life there is nothing impossible.. If you can dream it, you can make it happen!