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Wisdom Wednesday #1

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
In my first post of the year, I said I would have more content on this blog. Today, I introduce to you my very first just kidding, this is like the third, but I stopped doing the others blog post series. Each Wednesday, I'll share with you a quote and a piece of "wisdom". My aim is to send these bits of wisdom to everyone who needs it, hoping to inspire others in the process. 

Today's quote is from the lovely Lupita Nyong'O. When I first heard it during the Oscars, I fell in love with the quote, and until now, it remains close to my heart.

Sometimes, when my peers and I talk about plans for the future, I hear them say, "When will that ever happen to me? That's impossible. I mean, what can I do about it? That's never going to happen to me." I have to admit that I used to think like that, too. I had always doubted my future and I thought that the life which I wanted for myself was unreachable. Coming from a city that's not exactly full of opportunities, and a university that employers don't have on their list of "reliable" schools, I have lived with these doubts.

I often envy those who can easily make their dreams come true, those who have connections, those who belong to well-known institutions, and those who have the right resources. I wonder if they still consider them as dreams, or simply as things on a list, easily checked off and forgotten, just like shopping for groceries.

But then I stop this way of thinking, because I realize something. These people have dreams, just like me. These people may have more opportunities/resources, but that does not mean I need to be cut off from having the chance to follow my dreams. These people choose to chase their dreams because it's what their hearts desire. I can follow mine because my heart tells me to.

For years, I wondered if any foreign publisher would consider publishing novels written by a Filipino girl having no degree in Creative Writing, and having English as only her second language. I began to kick that dream away because I thought it was impossible. But then it dawned on me that if I showed the world that I was talented enough, that if I did write things worthy of being published, maybe my dream wouldn't be as impossible as I made it sound. I had to try.

Now I haven't been published yet, but I also have not stopped writing. See, I used "yet" in that sentence. I now understand that my educational background does not have the ability to predict my accomplishments. I know now that social status cannot dictate my success. I have the power to make my dreams come true. How will I do that? By trying, by dreaming, by believing.

What I'm saying is do not put down your dreams, because you cannot tell the future. Do not give up without trying. No matter where you are from, you have the right to dream and you have the choice to follow it or not. The only person stopping yourself is you. Even if others tell you what to do, at the end of the day, it's still your choice.

So keep dreaming and make it happen.
9 comments on "Wisdom Wednesday #1"
  1. Well, I should say that I really feel you haha. Finished a 60,000 word novel and poems (Which I almost deleted including my blog because giving up came like golden idea after weeks of suffering from writer's block because of all the stress caused by being a teacher. Good thing that impulse was never materialized)

    I believe that our break will come :)
    Now, I'm writing a novel and outlining another one. Still unpublished but our time will come You can also check my blog www.batalino.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you didn't give up. I don't believe in writer's block, actually, haha. I don't know if you've read this (http://jamesclear.com/daily-routines-writers) but I agree with what it said about just having too much time.

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  3. But maybe you believe in head ache and bad mood? hahaha Not to mention impossible deadlines? hahaha Hey writing and dreaming sounds so paradoxical for me. The moment I started writing I never slept. Then how could I dream? hahahahah. Well goodluck. I want to see you writing when it comes to your stories.

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    1. Of course I do. Take a break sometimes -- you deserve it.

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  4. BTW have you ever tried self publishing?

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    1. No, not really interested in that as of the moment.

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  5. So good luck to us. I want to share one of my stories to YWP but then I just realized I ain't got any. hahaha maybe sometime after I finish my ongoing novel

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  6. So good luck to us. I want to share one of my stories to YWP but then I just realized I ain't got any. hahaha maybe sometime after I finish my ongoing novel

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