|Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.|
When my uncle's colleague told me that CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) will conduct a qualifying exam for the Air Traffic Service training, I didn't have any second thoughts. I always dreamed of becoming one ever since. And for first time readers of my blog, read here on why I took the road less traveled. Last April, I immediately complied all requirements - police clearance, original transcript of records, NSO birth certificate and even took the Civil Service exam the following month.
A few days from now, I am going to leave Davao and stay in Manila for good. Honestly, I do not know what to feel.
I have never experienced of being away from home for a long period of time. The longest was a week when I went backpacking to Cebu and Bataan last December 2011. The first three days was fun and exciting but eventually felt homesick on the fourth day. When the plane finally landed Davao, I felt relieved. Sometimes, I thought of long term traveling but.. emotionally speaking, I am not ready. I always long for home whenever I travel. You know, I have this unhealthy habit wherein I always compare this city to my hometown (Davao) - how clean Davao is, how peace and order coexist with people and how dangerous Davao is for criminals. I know I shouldn't do that whenever I travel because I'd always end up disappointed.
Ever since I was born, I have always lived within my comfort zone. I still live with my family. I have friends. I always 'party' every Friday night - bag of chips and a cold glass of root beer while watching my favorite TV series. Basically, my life is comfortable.
|The road less traveled.|
But there's one valuable lesson that I've learned from traveling - if you really want it, then go for it. Gee, I sound like a Valley Girl right now, but you what I'm saying? Travel Bloggers like Ed of soloflighted, Gail of thepinaysolobackpacker, Flip of flipnomad and We Are Sole Sisters have taught me that reaching your dreams would not be THAT easy. You really have to work hard for it. Indeed, they inspired me a lot when it comes to life's lessons.
I am aware that I am going to live a hobo lifestyle once I settle in Manila. I am aware that my lifestyle would be definitely different from what I have in Davao. But as I slowly reach my dream, I will definitely learn a lot of things about life. I'd always tell myself that it will only take me one year. Just one year and everything's gonna be fine.
The thing is, I wouldn't be traveling around the country and abroad until the third quarter of 2013. But then again, I am still young. May this brand new journey of life be a memorable one.
Don't worry, I'll still keep you updated with my new journey. If reaching my dream requires me to go out of my comfort zone, then I'll do it.