Monday, June 5, 2017

Thoughts on Commemorating Independence Day

Wazzup Pilipinas!

We wonder what would be a great topic (and guests) for Independence Day theme. This is for the next episode of Wazzup Pilipinas Radio on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

The only struggle is to wake up early for the 6 to 7 am time slot. But as they say "Pag gusto may paraan, pag ayaw maraming dahilan." Early birds often gets rewarded for the extra effort. That has been personally tried and tested by yours truly. But when sometimes the latecomers win the prizes during raffle time since their names are on top of the fishing bowl, in reality, the early birds get the better impression from the event organizers for being punctual.

We totally admire our previous guests who were able to come early. All the while we thought we would have a hard time inviting guests to come over as early as 6 am since that would mean they would have to wake up at least by 4 am to prepare - have breakfast, take a bath, commute or drive, etc...

The good part is that there's still no traffic congestion by that time especially on a Sunday. However, it is also hard to fetch a cab (or Grab and Uber) or commute by tricycle, jeep, bus if you live at the inner part of a city where public transpo is rare to pass during those very early hours in the morning when the sun has not even glimpsed.

But so far, I am able to work around it by trying out different routes to get to the radio station in Quezon city (three rides the most if you commute)....and always never late. I even arrive too early that I would still catch up with the even earlier radio show - now I wonder how he does it.

Maybe the great topic I am searching for is my own independence - not being tied up with the common 8 to 5 office work. I had a few jobs that are of flexi-time, but being freelance is better. Being a freelancer means being my own boss - with the exemption of my wife, of course.

Still, I am obligated to do my best especially to those whom I owe the great and rewarding opportunities. This is what motivates me to do quality work, and go beyond what is expected of me. But aside from the awards and recognition, what really inspires me to do y best is the thought that I am able to help out others as I go through this wonderful journey called "life."

Am I concerned of leaving a legacy? So that when I am gone, I won't be forgotten? Maybe. But, for me, it is enough that I personally know deep within my heart and soul that I have contributed a piece of me (by any means or ways possible), regardless if it was prominently known or not.

Bashers and critics may misinterpret (or be unconvinced and in doubt), but what is important is that I am at peace (and joy) with myself, knowing that my intentions are pure and sincere.

Independence Day for me is thus all about being free to do what you really desire. Without any restrictions, without any malice, without any concern for judgmental views. Life is just too boring when you couldn't really express and let go of your true self.

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