Driving on my way home, I turned on the car's CD player and listened to Jason Mraz's old songs.
While driving, I held a concert for an audience of none. Well, I had some audience — some guys in the jeepney in front of me at a stop light laughing at how passionately I was singing! That was...embarrassing. Yes, I was even closing my eyes, singing my heart out, and making hand gestures. At least I gave them some good entertainment. Or did I?
Anyway, while driving home, I realized that I was happiest when I was still in grade school, high school, and my early years in college. Those were the days when I really didn't care about what other people thought of me. I didn't care about other people say. I just did what I wanted to do, anytime I wanted to do it.
I drew some anime characters, played video games, played basketball, explored how to make power point presentations (which was relatively new back then), sang my heart out while driving, and wrote. I even researched on science, particularly the planets, the solar system, and the universe, just because I loved science!
I thought to myself, "Where have those days gone?"
Now, I work because I want people to see that I am accomplished. I work because I want to please people. I work because I need some money.
I work not because I want to.
Is "adulthood" really all about being realistic and practical? Is adulthood really doing less of the things we love to do? Is adulthood really about dragging yourself to places you don't want to go just to show other people that you're successful?
Well, I don't think we have to continue living this way. We can live, earn a good living, and become successful by dong the things we love to do.
In fact, I believe we should redefine the meaning of success. It shouldn't be about the money, the salary, the car, the house, or even the job title.
Success should be about freedom, doing what you love, being alive, and making a difference by helping others live as well. Success should be about being like a child again — alive, vibrant, and excited about life.
Maybe it's time for us to not teach our children how to live. They really know how! In fact, they know a lot more about life than we do! Maybe it's time for us to learn from them how to live, how to do the things we love, how to dream, and how to make the most of each day.
For children, life is full of magic. We've lost that magic somewhere. We've got to regain it. And what better way to find it than living like children again — full of wonder, full of hope, and full of faith in their dreams and in the future.
Biggest lesson learned: don’t sing inside your car at a red light when there’s a jeepney in front of you.