Myke Rodnick D. Laforteza
What I really want to achieve in my life?
I want to be a businessman, or perhaps a surgeon, or a teacher or maybe a politician. These were my answers during my childhood years, wishfully or maybe thoughtlessly. What do you want to achieve in your life, what is your ambition in life, what do you want to be when you grow old: are but questions that even preschoolers “has” to answer. Society dictates that once I was born or even when I was still in my mother’s womb or even before I was conceived, I am already bounded to be an achiever. Would he be an actor, or an engineer or an architect: as my parents used to discuss among the two of them. I was named after a famous actor, “Romnick Sarmienta” but fortunately or maybe unwillingly I am not one, though the people of the Philippines would demand (Just kidding, of course). My father is working in San Miguel Corporation since then and my mother use to do secretarial works during my childhood years. As being one of those in the lower middle class of the society, I am one of them in aspiring to gain a higher status of living. Well, again, society dictates that the idea of living is always going up and achieving more. And so, as I was growing old, I was taught to compete and be the best of whatever there is. Indeed, I have earned many achievements during my schooling years. As I was growing in age and much more in height (I was almost 6 feet before college), my idea of choosing a course is neither on what I feel like doing nor on what my heart tells me (Nah! What a thought) but on how I would earn more of a living. Success seemed to equate to earnings. I remember most of the colleges and universities offering courses which assure students of work abroad. Well, work abroad has indeed far higher salaries than here in the Philippines. They do produce “globally competitive” professionals. I was one of them, I thought, well perhaps yes. I enrolled in a B.S. Nursing course in one of the private...
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