What life has to offer? Can I accept the challenge?

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How can I see myself ten years from now? That’s one of the frequently   asked questions during my childhood days.

I grew up in a small town in Bulacan. During my childhood days, as I can remember, I used to live a simple life, no pretentions and worries and all that matter to me is watching cartoon movies such as Dragon Ball Z and Doraemon. Imitate Barbie doll, pretending like a queen, fairies, and the likes, simple but meaningful childhood.

As I grew older, different belief and ways, begins to change. Physical and emotional changes occur in different perception. I started to learn how things progressed and learned about many new rules in life.

As life goes on, things get more complicated. I am no longer a child, but an adult who faces reality. As any other child then, I thought that life is a fairytale that closes with happy endings.

On reality, as I grow old, problems are not being easily solved and confusions are everywhere. Moments of sadness are much more frequent than those of happiness, filling your head with unspeakable madness. Life is not a bed of roses, as they often said but different shades of grey…

No one can really tell who’s really right or wrong. Every person you trust may suddenly betray you. This time you are always wondering if every choice you make in life is a gamble. What you can only do is to trust your instincts and expect the unexpected. Despite of the challenges, life can be full of excitement and a surprise, for as long as it is interesting, fulfilling, rewarding.  Although there could be bad times, but don’t give up and don’t forget to smile. As what Tom Hanks line, in the movie Forrest Gump “sh**t (really) happens”.

I also had many priorities at my age in that point of my life. A very important one was watching the newest episode of Pokemon each Saturday morning I think. But now as I see myself growing older, my priorities have shifted in a different direction.

I now have to constantly update my status on the social networking site known as Facebook or check my phone for that text message from my closest friends. Time progressed and as I grew, I began to think about my past, present, and future. I remember my childhood, and live my life in the present, always moving forward.

But thinking about my future is something that was a bit challenging to me. I began to ask myself many questions like “What’s going to happen in a few years? Where will I be? What will I be doing?”

As time goes by… as I would look in the mirror, I see the person I am now. I see the 18 year old young woman, who is preparing to take the next big step in her life. A young woman filled with knowledge and experiences preparing for the transition to adulthood and the beginning of a new chapter in hers life.

When I close my eyes, I see the person I want to become. A successful lady, pursuing her dreams… supporting her family… having a career that she loves. As thoughts wander my mind I begin to fall asleep. When I fall asleep, my dreams take over my thoughts and make them into reality on my head. When I wake up, I begin my journey to make my dream a reality,

No matter what happens despite of all things I will be brave and confident enough to face this challenges and fierce fully say that CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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