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You Can Overcome Challenges, Anybody Can : Notes From a Young Storyteller's Pandemic Journal

For the past two months, I have been exploring on my own -- from the places I’ve been before and places I’ve never been to. I am fortunate enough to be living in the province where COVID-19 figures are quite low so I have the chance to go to the beach and sometimes, go for a hike. I have been examining my emotions, feelings, motivations and conflicts and most importantly, understanding myself deeper.

Throughout that short period of time, I realized that it is important that we have an accurate accounting of who we become as years pass.

To be completely honest, I am at this stage of my life where things are really uncertain. Sometimes, I am puzzled with questions. What’s my dream? What’s my talent? What’s my purpose? How should I move forward considering the challenges this pandemic has brought?

With the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, I have always asked myself when can we feel safe again? This pandemic is no joke and it tests our faith and beliefs. Everyday, we are being challenged to be strong but it seems like the brighter days are nowhere. Seeing jeepney drivers begging on the streets to put food on their tables, and street dwellers who can’t even afford a facemask to protect themselves from the virus breaks my heart. The nurses and doctors are already asking for a ‘timeout’ because they are all exhausted and hospitals can no longer accommodate the ballooning number of patients.

There are a lot more stories that are truly heartbreaking and sometimes you can just help but wonder when will all of this end. There were moments of self-loathing that hinders us to be inspired each passing day but all we can do is pray and ask for God’s guidance.

I am certain some of you also experience what I am going through so I want to share with you one of the many books that has helped me overcome anxiety and allowed me to achieve that ‘goal-getter’ self-- Take Charge, Give All by Bo Sanchez. It took me just four days to finish this almost 200-page book and it was one of the best companions I could ever ask for in my recent adventures.

If you’re stuck in your life, you are struggling to figure out what you want to pursue, what your dreams are, where you really excel at, and what will make you even a better person, these insights will be your guide.

I am sharing with you excerpt from the book that might help you in ticking all the boxes of your unanswered questions:

  1. “Your opinion of yourself will determine the level of your success.”

  2. “When you’re lost in a jungle, you need a compass. The compass-- no matter how you shake it, twirl it, spin it, or flip it, will always point North. If you don’t know where to go, all you have to do is to look at your internal compass-- your values in life.”

  3. “If you want big returns, big success, big rewards in your life, you have to give 10,000 hours into what you love to do.”

  4. “One of the biggest reasons why you haven’t discovered your talent is because you haven’t been saying yes to life. You’ve been habitually saying no. You’ve been saying no because you’re afraid. You’re afraid of making mistakes. You are afraid of being laughed at by people. You’re afraid of falling flat on your face. You’re afraid of being humiliated. Discovering your talent is like discovering buried treasure. Treasure hunters don’t dig in one spot and automatically find the treasure. Treasure hunters survey the area thoroughly.”

  5. “The only way to develop your talent is to use it. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”

  6. “You don’t get rewarded for discovering your talent. You don’t get rewarded for developing your talent. You only get rewarded for delivering your talent.”

  7. “Your values shape your destiny. Live well!”

Always remember that you are bound for something greater. If you’re stagnant now it doesn't mean you’ll be stuck in that situation forever. You can succeed in life. Anybody can.



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