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Time To Give Back

I’m not entirely sure if having some extra time on my hands is helpful because I tend to overthink. Admittedly, the past few weeks at work were more relaxed than the usual, leading me to evaluate where I am exactly in my life — especially professionally.

Make no mistake about it. I love my job. I wouldn’t have been in the public relations industry for more than four years if I thought it sucked. But I’m starting to feel that I want to channel my experience and expertise in this field in a way that contributes more to the nation rather than just a wealthy few.

The accounts I’m handling now do have impacts on the public sphere, yes. One is in transportation and the other is in infrastructure. But I want work wherein I can directly deal with issues and problems of this nation so it can be better (yes, despite us being a land of bad drivers and people with a twisted sense of good manners).

The recent wave of posts from UP graduates also perhaps influenced this new way of thinking. Now that I’ve been working for six years, I look back at my journey and ask, “What have I really accomplished?”

I may have attained a certain level of success based on money and a few accolades which I proudly share with my colleagues, but on a deeper level, have I at least, in some way, made this country better?

And so the past few weeks, with more time on my hands, have been about thinking, planning, weighing options, and coming up with long term goals. There are limitations at this point which will inhibit me from making a big leap, but at least the plan to go back to school for a masters degree is already in place.

If at all, the next few months (and even years!) will be incredibly interesting. I just hope that all these will culminate in a future where I can contribute more not just for my and my family’s growth, but to my countrymen’s as well.

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Music, Personal

Ah Love You, Adele

No other period in my life would be more apt for #Hugot than 2011. Fresh out of college and new to the real world (AKA work), it was the time when the culmination of my childhood love story happened. I finally had the guts to ask out the guy I’ve been crushing on for five years (because fuck it, nothing’s gonna happen if I just wait) and the entire thing spiraled down to heartbreak.

During that time when I was picking up the pieces of my broken heart (LOL) only one artist fully captured all my emotions. It was Adele.

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Break

A lot of things don’t feel right, right now. I long for the days of past when life was simpler and there wasn’t much “adulting” to do. I want those days when I was not yet constantly ensnared by feelings of saudade (Portuguese for longing, melancholy, nostalgia) and everyday still seemed like an exciting adventure.

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Signs of Aging

Less than a month from now, I’ll be turning 26. OH MY GOD. I cannot believe I’m entering my late twenties.

I know, I know… I may still be considered young. But for me and my fellow 1990 kids out there, it’s surreal to watch television and find out that the love teams currently making the rounds just barely passed 20. It’s even more weird when friends’ younger brothers and sisters (who used to be so small and cute) are now in college or have graduated from college, and already have boyfriends-girlfriends, or even driving cars.

At work, about half of the team is younger than me. Friends and classmates from high school and college are beginning to get hitched or even already have families of their own.

Coming to terms with the fact that you’re approaching your late twenties isn’t easy especially when you feel like you haven’t accomplished a lot yet and there’s still so much to do. I still want to pursue a masters degree, for one — and whatever happened to my goal of traveling to New York City by the time I’m 28? That’s just two years from now and I don’t think it’s gonna happen just yet.

So yeah, here are more reasons or signs that I am way past young, wild, and free 21 and more into entering tita territory at (almost) 26:

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