Opposing the Irony of Life

Chasing Pavements

I was told that at my present age, I have all the resources and energy but zero time to do the things that I want. Supposedly, someone younger would have the time and energy but with zero resources to implement. And finally, the old ones will have the time and resources to enjoy life but zero energy to carry them out.

I experienced being a financially challenged student and it was quite difficult. But I had all the time to do things and it invited me to just be resourceful. Now that I am a twenty something young professional who works fulltime, I painfully acknowledge that I was able to move more freely with my paycheck but I cannot really maximize my entertainment given time constraints.

And I realized that, at any stage of one’s life, there will be a lack. It will never be enough. Worse, we do not know how much more time left on earth that we have got at this point. Each moment spent hurting, in anguish, in anger, in insignificant or mediocre activities, or in sheer meaninglessness is time wasted. And time is something we cannot remake or rewind. Once gone, they are gone forever and cannot be repeated. The only valid direction is forward.

So yes, I write this as a personal contract to myself. I decide to really live life regardless of how unfair or disappointing some situations can get. I decide to fight the ironies of life. I make time to use my resources as I please by staying up just a tad bit later in the evenings after work to recharge myself with activities that I genuinely love.

An interesting realization I discovered is that when a person REALLY wants something, one can reach or achieve it by hook or by crook. People just prefer to make excuses but there are few impossibilities that will really hamper one’s desires. If something is embedded in one’s psyche, it will manifest itself wherever that person is placed.

Armed with that insight, I make myself conscious of how I spend each waking and sleeping moment. Time is still hard to manage because it is so limited. But I find ways.

Opposing the ironies of life is hard. It may seem to be like chasing pavements. But it’s really not.

The fight is necessary for the whole shebang of life to unfold in its fullness. I only have NOW, I gotta make it count. And I got to get things DONE instead of spending too much time creating lists of what I want.

I have taken the first step. And each day is a first step.

24 thoughts on “Opposing the Irony of Life

  1. This is exactly the same reason why I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world and decided to stick with managing my own business. It’s been quite hard financially because of the unstable monthly earnings due to the nature of my business, but I thank God for He still provides me with extra income from my other online and offline gigs. But, heck, I miss my 30k+ salary back when I was still working.

    “An interesting realization I discovered is that when a person REALLY wants something, one can reach or achieve it by hook or by crook.”
    — I agree with this. And I also vowed to make things happen for myself if I really want it.

    I wish us both good luck with our own endeavors. *hugs*

    1. The funny thing about this is that we who are still earning the salary kind of love your sked flexibility. hahaha. We can’t have it all. Although, there are some people I know who both have a job and a means of earning passive income. I hope to see you in person soon for our foodie date sister. Hugs!

  2. MAganda ang magwork sa corporate world pero marami kang di magagawa since di naman talaga iyo yun. Isa pa, ang income mo duon ay fixd lang, di katulad ng online since puwedeng madagdagan ang kita mo depende sa effort mo.

    BTW, ngayon lnag ako nagawi dito, galing ako sa site ni Jehzlau. napansin kaagad kita since ang ganda mo. 🙂

    1. Hello there Paul! Maraming salamat po sa pagdaan… at the moment nasa corporate pa rin ako. Hindi naman all bad. May mga bagay kasi na natututunan at a fast pace dito na mabagal matutunan elsewhere. Pero tama ka, ang laki ng opportunities online. 😀

  3. Sino nga yung blogger na nagsabi ng term na “corporate slave?” hehe; ganun ang feeling ko kapag nagtratrabaho pa me s companya noon; ngayun ewan lang; parang gusto kong bumalik sa pagka corporate slave; or di kaya “supladong alipin.”parang c Halojin;hehe.

    Anyway, I encourage you helen nah mag submit ng essay sa PDI’s YoungBlood. May column cla yung ‘Opinion column.” I’m sure ma pupublish ang essay mo dun. Wala nga lang bayad.It’s a labor of love, ika nga. 🙂

    1. Hi Nonoy friend! 😀 My gosh, parang not so young blood na ako at this rate. I sleep short hours and sometimes I look so pale, twilight style. Namimiss mo na ba ang corporate? Hahahaha. Well, maraming opportunities na bumalik, sa totoo lang…

  4. You never cease to amaze me, Helena… You sound too mature to be only a twenty-something. I am older, but learning from you.

    As I read your post, I found myself nodding in agreement so many times. Yup, so much time is wasted on the mundane, and in making lists, in conjuring up images of a life less ordinary.

    I still daydream a lot, and I know it doesn’t do me any good. I only end up depressed and with hips getting wider by the minute.

    I guess, it’s also human nature to never really be content with what we have and with where we’re at. You’re right, there will always be something lacking.

    But, you’re also right that we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it.

    Oh, thanks for this post… it’s an eye-opener, really… Maybe I should also make a contract with myself…

    1. hello to hips getting wider. hahaha. naka-relate ako run Miss Pepper! When I posted this, I was filled with so much bravado and stuff. The rest of the time I have gone inactive in blogging, I spent in actually carrying it out. And it’s so hard. Hahaha. But the best thing about carrying it out is that when evening time comes, I actually gain satisfaction in the fact that I have tried.

  5. Why not try to give yourself a present or treat yourself like buying new gadgets or stuff or eating in a class restaurant that will add satisfaction to your life.
    Hi Helen! Its just my opinion, hehe.

    1. Hi Henry! That’s a fairly interesting suggestion. As a matter of fact, I have been doing that these past few months… It is quite fun but I find that my satisfaction is not really in there but more in the internal things. Thanks for pitching in your two cents. 🙂 I surely appreciate all the insights people have been contributing to my sparse and scarce blog entries as of late.

  6. Hello Helen,
    Today is a lazy boring rainy Friday and I’m lazily clicking at random stuff on my blogroll and got here.
    I must say this post got me hooked and nodding – turned me from lazy to inspired, Thanks for that!
    Well, I’m also a corporate drone and yes, living a cubicled life is really energy-draining, and most of the time the ironies on it are hard to bear, but at the end of the day, when we think or write about it we realize that those ironies are full of life lessons, they are there to just challenge us.
    Oh and by the way, I agree with Paul, – you are not only intelligent, but also gorgeous.

    1. Yodi happy happy new year! hahaha! Thanks. From one corporate drone to another. I am quite happy to find that you have a few seconds in your hectic life to check out my post. 😀 I hope to do more blog hops this year!

  7. Like ko eto -> “So yes, I write this as a personal contract to myself. I decide to really live life regardless of how unfair or disappointing some situations can get. I decide to fight the ironies of life. I make time to use my resources as I please by staying up just a tad bit later in the evenings after work to recharge myself with activities that I genuinely love. ”

    go for it Pretty Atty.. 🙂 super duper agree.. pwede ko rin b etong gwing Contract.. hehehhehh. pcopy ha.. wag mo ko idemanda.. :p

  8. hayz… bakit kaya kapag nasa corporate world ka gusto mong mag-freelance, tapos kapag freelancer ka naman parang gusto mo sa corporate world, ang gulo ko noh?

    cguro mas masarap mag-spa at magrelax sa Maldives.. P

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    The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has. ~ Hamilton

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