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Of Dreams and Passions

June 17, 2012

No outfit poses. Just my two cents (aka long speech) on following one’s dreams.   Finally decided to post it. 🙂

This week’s errands included office hopping along Ayala Avenue. I must admit, I haven’t been there in a while. No, there’s no issue of avoiding the area ‘cause I used to work there. I just usually have no business there.

Thing is, walking those same concrete steps reminded me of alife I once had. I tell my friends all the time how happy I am now – that former life of mine seeming so distant the moment I left it. But earlier, seeing the buildings, the button downs, experiencing the underpass again, reminded me of how real that whole other life was. And wow, I really left it – stability, structure, pencil skirts and all – to follow a dream. 

Truth be told, I made that decision on a whim. Another secret? I have no idea what’s next for me. I went to school again, took up a short course in Fashion Design, tried a few different things on the side and am still trying out stuff. Now school’s over and I’m figuring out what to do next. And of course it scares the hell out of me! But I’m also excited. I might go back to a 9-5 and I might not. Who knows? One thing’s for sure. I have never regretted that decision to leave. 

I’m an advocate of clichés – my favorite one being ‘follow your dreams’. I know we all have them, some just choose to push them aside. Or worse, put them on a pedestal and think of those dreams as just dreams –ideas to play around with but never to pursue. 

I know some think it’s easier said than done. And you guys might be right – it might be really difficult to do, but it can be done. If there’s anything SoFA and the people around me have taught me, it’s that we can make things happen. 

Now I’m not telling you to shift courses all of a sudden or quit your high-paying jobs to pursue a passion. I guess I just want you guys to revisit those dreams – ideas that make you smile without you even realizing it. Revisit them with a newfound certainty that they can be achieved. And you never know, maybe that change in perception would lead to a change in action. 

Good luck.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2012 12:14 pm

    Same scenario here! Though, I haven’t left my 9-5…yet. =) I’ve been trying to go back to that one true love (called passion). It never left me. I wasn’t bold enough to pursue it back in college because I didn’t want to disappoint my family – and partly, I also wanted the security being offered by something which is more structured.

    I’d like to think that it’s almost always true for everyone – that no matter at what point you are in your career, you can never set aside the thought of following your (true) passion. It just won’t leave. =)

    I’m a regular visitor of your blog. In the span of one year, I’m seeing a lot of good and exciting things happening for you. Keep it up! =)

    • July 5, 2012 1:05 pm

      Hello Ann,

      Thank you so much for what you shared! I love it when readers share stories with me. 🙂

      What is this passion of yours? Awww. Don’t worry about it. Like you said, your passion never leaves you. When the time is right I know you’ll be able to follow your dream – while still having that structure and security. 🙂

      I liked stability too. But I guess after a while I realized it was okay to risk it. haha everybody has their own timing.

      Awww I’m so glad to hear youre a regular visitor!! Things have been great. 🙂 Thank you so much!!! 🙂

      Good luck with your career and your passion. Hopefully you find the perfect job doing the thing you do love.


  2. June 22, 2012 12:05 pm

    Same scenario here! Though, I haven’t left my 9-5…yet. I’ve been trying to go back to that one true love (passion). Somehow, it did not leave me. It’s with me all along. I wasn’t bold enough to pursue it back in college because I didn’t want to disappoint my family – or let’s just say I also wanted the security of something that is more structured.

    It doesn’t matter at what point a person is in his/her career, the thought of that ‘one true love’ will always be there. I’d like to think that it’s almost always true for everyone – cliche!

    I’m a regular visitor of your site. In a span of one year, I see a lot of good things happening for you. Keep it up! =)

  3. Bave permalink
    June 22, 2012 11:07 am

    i feel you alyssa…my sentiments exactly… giving up career over family is no less a sacrifice to achieve a dream…fortunately…in others ways ive come to reach my goal, as an athlete… di man ako successful sa career life…atleast sa family and hobbies na lang nkabawi…

    • July 5, 2012 1:07 pm

      Awww that’s so true. You’ll be successful in your career eventually. Just give everything your best and don’t pass up on any opportunity. You never know what would lead to ‘success;. Good luck, dear!

  4. June 20, 2012 10:28 am

    Wow 🙂 I was imagining myself while reading this. 🙂 I also have plans to revisit my dreams, go back to school and make the things happen. Those things that I’m really passionate about. But like you, I think i’ll take it step by step 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂 It really inspires me to step forward and really make things happen. God bless you more on your new journey and what ever it is, let it make you happy and successful!

    let me share this to everyone.. 🙂

    • July 5, 2012 1:09 pm

      Awwww you’re very much welcome. That’s great! that’s really what I want to hear. And yes, step by step. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Big dreams, little steps. 🙂

      Go! I hope one day you get to do whatever it is you love to do. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing it and thank you for the kind words.

      Good luck and God bless 🙂

  5. Angel permalink
    June 18, 2012 3:09 am

    Very well said.. such an encouraging words! 🙂 xoxo

  6. RTCIS permalink
    June 17, 2012 2:15 pm


  7. June 17, 2012 12:16 pm

    I graduated high school knowing I like the arts but still enrolled into an IT course just to “prove” that I can do something other than that and I might be one of those who pushed their true dreams aside. Art stuff still gets in the way, in a good way, so my first love is still here waiting for me to do something and make it happen.

    Okay, got carried away commenting, this post got me reminiscing. Haha. But thank you so much for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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