To live a more authentic life that reflects who I am and who I want to be, I spent time mediating on what encompassing vision I have for my life, dreams that I want to reach, and what I’m interested in.
I will make my decisions based on these requirements. I will measure it against my dreams. Outcomes will be judged on how it influences my interests. How does this stack up to my vision? How does this help me reach closer to my goals?
I help people become whole, lead my life as a soldier of peace, and make a positive impact on people’s lives so they can achieve their dreams.
Dreams for Myself
This is not a comprehensive list my dreams. This just a small sampling of what I want to focus my energy on right now. They are now burning desires. These dreams will set me up to achieve other things in life and build the momentum to create more energy.
Position myself in a position to leave a positive influence in the world. The only thing that stopping me from doing great things is myself. I want to do something great with my life and if history thrusts itself upon me, I want to be ready with a sound mind, sound body, and sound spirit.
This requires me to sharpen my skills, gain skills that I lack, and improving myself by investing the time to get it done. I want to be a extremely well rounded person that has an expertise or two. This is the dream I want to focus most on this year.
Run the marathon distance in under three hours and qualify for the Boston Marathon by 2016. A “What if” popped question popped into my head on a flight home from Philadelphia. I chopped off 14 minutes and 29 seconds off my disappointing. Chicago Marathon time. It intensified a year later when I dropped another 14 minutes and 22 seconds. I lowered my time by a total of 53 minutes and 39 seconds from 2008 to 2011. Part of me knew qualifying is possible.
Because of school and work, I haven’t put the time and consistency into my training. I’ve been consistently injured instead of consistently training. I believe this is the time to put the time, energy, and consistency into this dream. I am getting older. I look forward to dating again and finding the right person to have a family with. A family changes the dynamics of my life. This may be my final shot to achieve this dream.
Go off on a great American road trip to explore, discover, and learn from the places and people in the United States. I want to see everything and try to comprehend it. I hope it will give me a greater understand on what is right and what needs to be improved upon. The United States has been blessed to have a system to protect and sustain parts of its history and natural environment. The people in my country covers the whole spectrum of human life and thought. Where else can I visit the full vibrancy of cultures from around the world while staying within a geographic area. This road trip is a journey of a lifetime.
It’s time that I make this dream a priority. In a two years, I’ll be embarking on a journey that will not allow me the luxury to savor the people I meet and the places I discover. It will guide my decisions and actions when I help individuals as I will gain different perspectives on my trip.
Interests and Concerns
There are a few concerns that I’m deeply moved by. Part of it stems from my observations as a add miles on my weary feet. They are issues that needs to be addressed. I firmly believe that every life is sacred and each individual and group is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have a good system that enables us to make adjustments and change things for the better (and sometimes for the worse). I want to work on mitigating or solving problems of poverty, hunger, economic inequality, and the degradation of our environment. These problems causes the symptoms our society is facing such as violence, poor health, and other tensions. I want to be in a position to make an impact on this.
Illinois is a country girl in t-shirt and jeans that amazes you when you spend time with her. If the world just listened and admired the minute details, they’d see how beautiful she is. It’s all the little things. Unfortunately, she had a few bad boyfriends and some of her friends put her in awkward situations. I know how gorgeous she is and I want to let the world know how beautiful she is. I want to work with her, build a better life. and build a better place for people to live. She is my base camp. She will always be the home I come back to no matter where life sends me.
The Philippine Islands has a special place in my heart. I am the son of hardworking immigrants who have roots in the Philippines. It’s a beautiful place with so much potential. Every time I visit my parent’s ancestral home, I see its natural beauty slipping away from destruction of treasures GOD bestowed on the islands and poverty stripping away the human potential that could have added to the beauty of the islands. I dream of returning to a metro Manila free of poverty and pollution. I can see myself walking into the beauty of the rain forests and other natural resources protected or sustained for current and future generation. Once I feel my work in Illinois and the United States, I would love to start improving the world with my family’s ancestral nation and expand to other places.
Knowing my vision, dreams, and interests will help me navigate through the many decisions I need to make in my life. It will make my life more authentic. What can I do today to take me one step closer to my dreams. How are my actions affecting the interest and concerns in life. During my final moments, I will not ask myself, “What if?”