I suddenly had this idea of writing a birthday article (yes, today is my birthday) and it’s by far the quickest and most impromptu article I’ve written here. Now, where do I begin?

Let’s rewind from 8 years ago, I was at college that time when I had this vision of what would life be after college. Funny thing is that all the things I thought of at that time turns out to be totally different from what I realized now. I was excited back then to see everything in the future; if only I had the power to go ahead of time I would totally live there. But now, if only I had the power to go back in time, I’d like to make things right.

Okay, to start off, life after college is harder than I expected. Growing in an environment where IQ is needed and intelligence is calculated, our basic nature of thinking would be based on how we want ourselves to be graded. So if I am achievement-oriented in the sense that grades are that important to me when I was at school, the most challenging part after that is to shift from thinking that everything must be graded to what comes after the grades?

I must admit, I was stressed out with how everything was turning out on the first few weeks after graduation, thinking of what comes next and what I should do to somewhat leverage on my expectations few years back. And that’s the time when I tried looking for opportunities; I told myself that maybe this will help me find the path that I want to take in the future. And four years later, I’m writing this article. Realizing how so much of my time has been lost back then with overthinking.

Now I understand what comes next after school and grades; and that is learning more. Learn on how to use the skills that you’ve acquired from school and apply them in real life.

And maybe what I’m really thankful for at this moment is that I got to appreciate the value of time more than ever. It’s never wrong to think ahead, but don’t stress yourself too much on wanting to make it happen that you forget to live in the present. “Trust the essence of timing and enjoy every moment it brings. If it is meant to be, whatever happens, it will be yours at the right time.

If I had the chance to go back 8 years ago, I would have probably told that to myself and maybe I could have enjoyed my college days more. It took me four years after college to realize that I am where I want to be and right now, I’m going to enjoy this moment because everything will fall on its right place, at the right time.

Many people hide their age as they grow older; thinking that people might laugh or say that they are getting old. But as the saying goes, “wine gets better with age”; and so does everyone. I know that I still have a lot more to learn and new things to discover, and I’m even more excited to what life will bring me.

Thank you for being part of my 25th! 😊

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