LIKE A distracted hiker climbing out of a densely forested hillside, I’ve stumbled onto a tuktok or plateau rather abruptly, almost anticlimactically. All of my children have not only reached adult age, but have been engaged to work full-time jobs, and have begun the slow but rewarding journey towards building their lives in earnest. A milestone I’ve not worked for, but am proud of nevertheless.
Their quest started a bit unexpectedly, but was hastened by the cocktail of migration and novelty, specifically being in a strange land and wanting to do well in a different environment. I doubt very much if they’d been as motivated and inspired had they been at home, but looking at them now, all’s well that ends well (so far).
Not to take anything away from their attitude and achievement, but the comfort zone of home sometimes make you less desperate, less hungry, and less prone to just going for the big play. Specific circumstances forced them to lacerate from the placenta of familiar surroundings, supportive relatives and cheerleading friends and peers. The rough start was a bit off-putting, which included having to get referrals from anyone who would bother to give them the time of day, distributing CVs all over town, and pounding the pavement for casual jobs, part-time jobs and any sort of gig that would wedge a foot in the door.
And recently it finally happened. Bunso was exhilarated, stumped, depressed, ambivalent, went through so many stages of anticipation and decompression, stressing and destressing that it was almost an afterthought when he finally got hired. Partly helping was the parallel path travelled by Panganay and Ganda, who previously got jobs of their own.
I don’t have much advice to give them, besides maybe the example set by my own folks, who worked every day of their lives before semi-retiring (they still work), possessed a tremendous work ethic, and always chose to help someone in need by giving him/her work rather than provide a handout. They were lucky enough to get to know the lola and lola, and hopefully will still get a few pointers from the dad.
Since this blog is ending, I have only a quote for my kids. It’s not the quote I was looking for but the spirit is more or less captured, thanks to searchquotes.com :
Nothing in this world will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. –Calvin Coolidge.
If this gem can be applied to success in the field of solving the planet’s problems, I trust it will be effective in the field of success in work.
Congrats to all of you on entering the work force, mga anak. Make all of us prouder!
Thanks for reading!
- Calvin Coolidge Had This Right (lisawrites4life.wordpress.com)
- Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? (NOT a tribute to The Clash) (techcommgeekmom.com)
- “Running, Experience, Persistence and Doing” (catalystquotes.com)
- Stop Waiting for Career Opportunities and Create Them! (careerbliss.com)
- happy birthday to 1 of the coolest pinoys in welly : mr Ricky Montenegro! (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- We will never crack the glass ceiling unless firms offer more part-time jobs (telegraph.co.uk)