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No matter how much effort we put in organizing and planning our life, the tides of our destiny will always dictate our fate. We always come across the word destiny, but most of us do not really know what it means. Destiny is a predetermined event in a person’s life that is beyond human control. Destiny is also known as our “purpose in life”. In my own opinion, it will take a big deal of time before we discover our true destiny is. I myself who is already 42 years old as of this writing is still in doubt of what my real task in this world. Every single day I always ask myself what my Creator wrote in my palm and what is waiting for me at the end of this tunnel called life. When I was still in my childhood years, I see my future as difficult and full of challenges because that was what I saw from my parents. My dad in particular was the one who inculcated in my mind that adult life is tough and I should prepare for it. He always told me that I should not follow their footsteps because their chosen profession was not only exhausting but also financially unrewarding. I believed in him because our life during those days were indeed financially difficult. Both my parents took more than one teaching jobs just to support our family. It was still clear in my mind how my mother would leave our house as early as 5:00 o' clock in the morning to catch her 7 am class and she usually arrived in our house past 9:00 o' clock in the evening. This was her daily routine and sometimes she extends her work even during weekends. Working in the education industry here in the Philippines is still a challenge until now and I thank my dad for not encouraging me to venture in to that field otherwise I might not be enjoying the perks I am enjoying now.
My dad died last year and he may have fulfilled some of his many dreams. But despite that, I know that he was still very frustrated with so many things. In fact, when we were together he always shares his frustrations with me. He talked about his frustrations on his job, his frustration of not having enough money to travel around the Philippines and across the globe. My dad was an explorer and he wanted to be free, but he was trapped in a world that was opposite of his dreams. He may have not openly expressed his frustrations about his life but I know he gave up his extemporaneous nature and chose not to take a riskier road to explore his untapped talents. He did that because he do not want to drag us - his family, in the pursuit of his dreams. Following one's dreams is not as easy as we think, it will entail some risks and chances of failure is big. I know that because right now I am still in the process of chasing my dreams, and believe me I have sacrificed so much... my time, my energy, my relationship, my family, and most of my hard-earned money. Honestly, until now, my dreams are still of great distance. As mentioned earlier, we have no idea of what is in store for us. Our Creator's plan for each one of us is beyond our understanding. It is up to Him what our future will bring us. Finding our dreams may be easy for some and very hard on others including me. But how do we know if we have already achieved our dreams? I think if we are already happy and contented with what we have or when we already reached a state when we stop longing for material things, I think it is safe to say that we have already achieved our life's purpose.
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