It’s so amazing how my last day as a teenager was spent finishing papers and other boring schoolwork, then my first day as a 20 year-old was spent walking on the streets of an unfamiliar country.
To most people, that statement might seem like I just spent my birthday going on a holiday. Nothing special. But as I was writing that status, it got me thinking.
No, not about schoolwork. Not about the things I left behind in the Philippines during my absence. I just got to think about myself. About my life. About how so many things have changed. And it’s fascinating how that one statement has described the drastic changes I’ve experienced for the past twenty years. One day I’m in my comfort zone, and the next day I’m thrown into an unfamiliar situation where I must rely on myself to get through the day. But in the end, those new experiences have made me a better and stronger person.
I’m no longer afraid of sudden change. I now welcome it. It makes me capable of doing more things and overcoming more obstacles. It makes me wiser. It makes me grateful of what I have at the moment.
After my long journey to self-discovery, I am now ready to face anything. I am responsible for what I am going to become in this new chapter of my life. Many things might change and times will be hard, but there will always be things I can control. Things I can overcome. And that will be my focus.