Friday, December 12, 2008

So Many Dreams, So Little Time

I've been cursed with the passion to do a zillion things in a lifetime. Have you ever felt like aching to achieve multiple goals all at once? The enthusiasm and positivity keep me going, though there are moments when the checklist becomes a mocking piece of paper that can push you over the edge.

Even before graduating from college, I knew I would end up in the media. There was just no other line of work that could satiate my appetite for writing and public speaking. And then there's also this strong urge to sing on stage every now and then. So imagine how frustratingly torn I was between trying out for Repertory Philippines and focusing on getting my foot in the door in a reputable television network.


Somehow, my father made me realize that performing can be done for free, I could do it any time on any given day. Heck, we can all sing in the shower. But not everyone has the opportunity to influence the world.

As if a strong force was steering my destiny, broadcasting opened its doors and I had the chance to do traffic reports on FM radio for a while. Papa was thrilled when he learned he could finally hear his little girl gab away on air. The journey prior to snagging the job wasn't as smooth as you'd think though. I spent months e-mailing copies of my CV and hopping from one radio station to another just to drop off audition tapes regardless of the actuality of any vacancy.

Post radio, print media effortlessly lured me to make use of my obstinate pen. It was one of the best learning and working experiences I ever had. Writing for a weekly women's magazine honed my interviewing skills with the privilege of rubbing elbows with rock stars, heartthrobs, highly-fueled career women and other prominent latter-day icons. Mundanely satisfied with a posh career, I wanted to do more.

I set a deadline for myself for landing my dream job on TV. Just when I was on the brink of making a big leap, God revealed a detour and I had to toil while assuming the role of an account manager at big-time sales company. Hell yeah, the money was pouring in, but I was inarguably unhappy.

Everything happens for a reason. I didn't cease believing that His plans are way better than mine. I got lost and He showed me that little spark inside of me, that strength we usually don't think we have unless we hit the wall really hard and fall face-flat on the ground. Until this day, I can't believe He has eventually given me what I ardently asked for. I've clambered my way to get into the television industry, and I wouldn't have done it if not by the Lord's grace.

I'm not stopping here. Aside from exerting tremendous amount of effort to be the ultimate mom and paramount wife, there's way too many tasks to get done, and a whacking number of dreams to work on. Who says you can't have it all? Nothing is ever impossible.


7 comments:

Ria said...
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Ria said...

Hi Kate,

You will go places with your talents and it's just knowing when. I initially took Mass Comm in one of the big-shot universities back home and found myself listing to another major after the first trimester. I realized I was not cut for public speaking nor gabbing away on media. I was more of a planner, and organizer or some sort so I ended up taking International Studies instead. God puts us where we will grow. I love traveling and having that academic discipline brought me to a lucrative career in the airline industry. Yes, we do get our dreams and sometimes they are just too good to be true. That's HIS grand scheme of things.

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Have a nice day!

Hammed said...

Very inspiring post, Kate. Like you I wanted, and still want, to do a lot of things in life. But I realize that I primarily want to be a writer. Now I am looking for some creative writing classes or programs available in some universities that I could enroll into. It's a long way to go but I'm hoping to land happily like you. You will be one of my inspirations. ;-D

Kate said...

Ria: Faith, positivity, and enthusiasm. I see you have all those that's why life has been favorable to you. Hey, thanks for the tag! :-)

Ham: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. I believe you can do it. You're a terrific writer. There will be lots of challenges and people will try to put you down, don't ever let them break you. I know someday soon I'll come across your own success story :-)

Kate said...

Ria: Faith, positivity, and enthusiasm. I see you have all those that's why life has been favorable to you. Hey, thanks for the tag! :-)

Ham: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. I believe you can do it. You're a terrific writer. There will be lots of challenges and people will try to put you down, don't ever let them break you. I know someday soon I'll come across your own success story :-)

bingkee said...

As they say, "don't regret for what you did in life, but for what you did not do in your life." So, go pursue big dreams. It's greater that in each dream, we have Him as our mentor and our aim. Thanks for sharing.
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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

The best thing is to do everything by the will of God. As the Bible says, "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Yes, we can strive for anything under the sun, but the will of the Lord prevails over everything else. The best thing is to know and understand the purpose of God for our lives, then follow that purpose to its completion. Thanks for the very interesting post. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones. God bless you always.