Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sweet Victories

“If you want something, go get it. Period!” – The Pursuit of Happyness

The frailties of human living is deterministic on one’s ideals and the road in their endless quests. As a matter of fact, many of us couldn’t get by most of our wants lest are needs are met first. But, why? Someone’s always taking advantage of our weaknesses and limitations always whispering in our consciousness that we can’t get by-“Wake up, you’re dreaming!”

Last Saturday, I had the chance to talk to a friend after how many months of estrangement, and revelations just confirmed what I thought are only mine to keep. She’s tired of her work and hopes to be in school again after a hiatus. She’s pretty tired of her work which enslaved her to routinely activities which probably diminished most of her faculties by now. But her option seems to be roughly between maintaining such “wonderful” job or to be jobless. We joked among ourselves. Said she: In this part of the world chances of employment are very high. However, there only exist two lucrative jobs. Your musings will let you pick between being a call-center agent or an English teacher. I said: In most cases, you’re doomed to not having any choice at all, and forcibly what else. She said: The pay is only a little above the minimum rate and this can afford her at most two tosses of blue margarita every week to satisfy her chills of the long-run process of desensitization to life’s cruelties and inequities. “Why can’t I have what I want.”- a question of the low-spirited voice that behooves all notions of hope.

But, really, it’s easy for one to say that you can enjoy both worlds. How true, how true? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. You can call it a struggle bordering on the most wicked form of tolerance or rather persistence. My friend resigned into saying that we must do what ever we want as long as we’re living forget when it never rained but the pour is so great and overwhelming. We can! The sweetest of victories is when you achieved things in the most painful and hardest way.

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