Of the rat race, working on holidays and real happiness

I might be too young to react to this, but I got affected by this article so much, I had to say my two cents worth.

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Earlier this morning, as I was preparing for work, I saw a Facebook post from a colleague from where I worked a year ago. The online text, entitled “Are you really happy?” was a very well written one by Carlo Ignacio of Inquirer Lifestyle. It was interesting, a good read with some valid points (“Be in the world, but not of it.”) but one I don’t entirely agreed with.

Now if you’re going to ask if I wrote that first sentence correctly, yes, no typos there. I was at work today. A national holiday. Maundy Thursday. By choice.

Ironic, right, especially after reading through the aforementioned piece.

It’s funny the timing of this article. Right smack into a season when most people have enough time to reflect about what they have in their lives.

That’s what it exactly did; it made me think.

Is it really that bad to choose Gold’s Gym over Pasig Rotonda’s Hammer Gym? Is leaving a legacy just a convenient excuse for those who want to accomplish much? Is getting a degree to get employed something to look down on? Is sacrificing family time to provide for their needs really that deplorable?

Photo credit: Sketched Out

I say to each his own. I say it boils down to motivation, drive and reason. I say it’s responding to what the situation calls for. I say it’s people making decisions because they have to.

I’m not someone to brag but people who are privy with me know the struggles I have had over the past few years and how I have had to make choices to get through them. Sure, there have been trade-offs, consequences that I would have to be ready for in the future, but I’m lucky I’ve experienced them at an early enough age to have learned from it and still have time to apply those lessons moving forward.

So at the end of the day, do I regret being intentionally in the rat race? Who knows? I don’t yet. What I do know is that I’m living my life now the way I know best: for myself and the people who matter the most to me. And that, my friends, make me happy.

This is why I love Nescafes "Para kanino ka bumabangon?" campaign. Photo credit: Barry Pangilinan.

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Earlier this morning, as I was preparing for work, I saw a Facebook post from a colleague from where I worked a year ago. I’m glad I didn’t choose to ignore that link. I may not have agreed with what I read and I may not have been as articulate with my reaction as he was in expressing my thoughts, but I got what I needed: a renewed perspective.

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