Thursday, August 14, 2014

Forever 21

When I went to a tree planting activity more than a month ago, I met two amazing ladies who both came from my hometown. They were a few years older than me; successfully working for big companies, big hearted, passionate and free-spirited. I was engaged with them, and I listened to them very well. One shared, "When I was 21, I was filled with ideals, and dreams! I believe my voice matters and I thought all things are possible and every opportunity is out there waiting for me." Then the other replied, "But when you're 25, you will understand reality better and laugh at yourself”  That captured me, so I asked “I am 21, and I feel exactly that way. Do you think I will outgrow this feeling?”. “Well, it happened to us!”, and they kept filling in the blanks, exactly describing how it was like being 21.

At this point of my life, I have to admit that the only things I possess  are my dreams, and ideals, and my hopes, little rays of rainbow, some sunshine and unicorns. I have a couple of experiences, but I am awkward most of the time. I find too exaggerated, but I believe I will go places and live life to the fullest.  I pray for world peace and I think about coffee farmers every time I enjoy my cup of coffee on random afternoons. I study and criticize our government once in a while, but I still have hopes that my country will move up north one day. I believe that more trees should be planted, and that life is just so beautiful. Hee! I enjoy all the baby steps of my first job no matter how boring it gets, because it might lead me to become a diplomat someday!

Meanwhile, I could not dismiss the fact that those two ladies were not the first and only people who shared such sentiments. I am thankful to them for they honestly shared a humbling wisdom. I have talked to a lot of people, back on the ground, in the realest of all real, who shared, perhaps warned me about the world that is waiting out there--a world ready to shatter your dreams, to leave your expectations unmet, and a mantra that says “Life is tough, life is hard!”, resounding louder and louder each day. It is going to be one heck of a life…consumed.

I thought about all these things. I have to admit that my initial response was fear that time might also come for me to experience reality enough, and I would never perceive life the same. Yesterday, I just turned 22... I spent a couple of minutes jotting down all of the things I am thankful to God for… I realized that I have come to live a life with the God who has never, never, failed me yet…

Now, I just want to look at you straight in the eyes... I don’t know what kind of reality you are living in now, or on what degree reality has swallowed you already, but know that passions are timeless. Please keep rolling your sleeves up, and clench your fist still for the things that you love. If you find yourself caught up in less, it is time to challenge the status quo. Work each day towards your goals, because God has set a great destiny for you and me, a destiny secured in a world that hinders! Keep Him as your source of strength and hope, press on and finish the race that is marked out for you! If this is how being 21 feels like, then resolve to feel like 21 forever no matter how many digits you add up to your years! Never shall we outgrow our passion, we follow them and we will outlive our years!

Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,    
they will walk and not be faint. 
Is. 40:30-31

Haha, by the way, sorry for such a horrible title, I could not think of anything at the moment! :*



Sunday, June 29, 2014


Today, I've been feeling both anxious and grateful that I decided to write; a way to relive, to remember and to be relieved.

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