From a little caterpillar to a full-blown butterfly, your amazing blogger turned 20! I’m nostalgic in a way realizing how time flies. Now that I’m out of teenage years, I am overjoyed to say that I had the best teenage years.
One thing I’m thankful on my road to 20 is that I succeeded to face my fear and intimidation. Without conquering it, I would not be able to meet amazing and best people who mentored me and encouraged me to unleash my potentials.
To all the teenager and young at heart out there, don’t be afraid to try something new. Pursue your passion and fight for your dreams. Never look down on yourself just because you are young.
These are the things I learned and made my 20 years of existence more meaningful.
1. Meet new people and learn from their experience
Never get intimidated to start a conversation to people you just met for the first time. Know their stories and learn from them.
Whenever I attend an event, I’m usually part of the young people or sometimes I’m the youngest on the audience. Naturally, it’s intimidating to talk with professional people knowing their expertise. But along the process, I managed to overcome my intimidation and was able to talk with successful people from different fields. Who would have taught that I can have a constant communication with CEOs? I never even imagined it. The only key is to have that innocence. Just be genuine and makesure you are really enjoying the conversation.
Sometimes it’s good to be innocent or clueless about the background of the people you are talking with. There was the time that I didn’t know I was talking to the bassist of Eraserheads and I only found out that he was the bassist when I googled his name at home.
Meeting new people is always amazing. You learned a lot from them and you learn from their mistakes. So you need to take away that fear and appreciate the beauty of each other’s stories
A year ago, I have a huge gratitude to Light Network for discovering my blog which led me to seize more opportunities
Meaningful conversation with the OMF authors! They are one of my inspirations in writing
My internship family at Manila Bulletin – Balita during my mentor’s birthday celebration
Meeting new people from our neighboring countries! Some delegates of 42nd Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) during their visit at Gawad Kalinga Payatas Community.
2. Experience extreme adventure
Come out from your comfort zone! Try something new and extreme. Though it will cost your physical strength, it will all be worth it at the end. Don’t limit yourself. Sometimes you’ll never know that you can do it until you do it. Go hiking, snorkeling, bungee jumping, eat local. Perhaps, life is too short for you not to enjoy it.
I always love to challenge myself that’s why I love to go extreme adventure. Besides, nobody wants a dull life! Just like recently I went hiking with friends. Read it (here)
I just touched the sky! Hiking at Mt. Balagbag, Licao Licao Bulacan
3. Go out alone
Contemplate about your life. Go out alone and go to a serene place. Think about your dreams and goals and write about it. It’s essential that you pause sometimes and regenerate your energy so you can be more focused after evaluating everything.
Going out alone is my favorite rejuvenating time. I usually go to milktea house just pondering and writing about life. It’s like a relief to me whenever I remind myself with my goals, dreams and things that I should be grateful for.
Me time at my fave milktea house: Serenitea!
4. Take Risk and Face your Fear
If you know how amazing your destination, you will never have second thoughts to take risk. You will face your fear no matter how it looks difficult for you know that your dreams are at stake.
Whenever I managed to face my fear and take risk, I always bear in mind that I’m getting closer to my dreams and to my mind-blowing destination.
I was able to conquer the crowd and was able to share my love for writing.
Metamorphosing to a wonderful butterfly is extremely amazing. There may be pain and challenges along the road, but all these circumstances made my road to 20 more meaningful. It made me more equipped to face more challenges.
I’m heading towards my transition from being a student to a young professional – making myself ready for the big leap. Thank you everyone for being part of my amazing journey. For more amazing years to come!