My trip to Boracay last June 23, was a rather simple one and the best part about it was nothing sort of unusual. You’ll understand soon enough.
Me and my friends just planned for a trip to Aklan to visit one of our close friends from high school and Boracay was a side trip suggestion which we eventually pursued.
At this year and age, I guess I’m over the cliché: “What happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay.”
Sure, the days and nights you spend there will be one of the fondest, happiest, most carefree moments of your years. The island is home to a lot of fun water sports, activities, and not to mention– overflowing booze.
But the island is an island to its right. The magic of my trip happened during my last night there when mother nature decided to show off that day and left us with a rather breathtaking view.
Boracay’s sunset is certainly one of the best out there. If you want to witness its glory, you can go to the beachfront at around 4:30PM.
During that hour, you can witness the dramatic call of the ocean to its waters to recede and return back to its heart, to which the tide’s natural ebb seem to nonchalantly whisper back with soft waves as if to say “yes”.
It is also during that day’s lowest tidal cycle that you can leave beautiful footprints on the beach’s shore.
Walk a little longer and you will see natural water flows that remain on parts of the sand, rushing, untamed to the ocean, as if catching the last train back home.
You see all sorts of photos there: on print, as point and shoot, and in front of you. The people on the island are as diverse as the world and they paint pictures with their eyes.
You see families that are trying to make the best out of their parent’s retirement and their vacation leaves, lovers who make silhouettes look better in pairs, children left alone to play and dirty the sand, and friends separated by years but kept together by ties.
It was also in this beautiful moment that I got one of the best news in 25 years– I was ranked number one by the Company I have been wanting to work with since graduation. Yes, I got the call.
I went to the island with a few hours of sleep, anxious about the final interview that I had the day before, and unprepared (talk about having to use a single pair of clothes for sleep. LOL. I know, crazy!). I have just retired from a job that I kept for almost 4 years, simply directed by my faith and my strong will for something better, something bigger than money.
For those asking, I handed in my resignation letter to a company that I have worked with for almost 4 years last April 24, and it was undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I was at the seat of complacency; I could already do my end of the month reports with one eye open and I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my output because I knew that I always worked with a heart.
In the end, I don’t want to think of it as a lost for neither me nor the company. Rather, it was time to move forward. We were giving each other the gift of both growth and resilience.
I was contacted by the “heavens” for a vacancy last May 3 and I ended my job with my previous company last June 16. I got the good news last June 25.
You see, right after graduation, you feel the urge to prove something to the universe and more often than not, this comes in the form of cold, hard, cash. There is no denying how much you wanted those numbers in your bank account.
As there is nothing wrong with wanting to be able to provide and give back to your family, your view of what a career is in the long run somehow changes and you realize that career is not measured in golds.
The good news came to me in rum drunken skies and a scenic farewell of the sun– a striking metaphor that affirmed the definitude of my decision to quit my previous job.
It was a beautiful soliloquy of the dusk and the heavens made sure I heard it.
I’ve always believed that we never really lose something and that things simply had to happen because there is a greater force in this world that knows this job called life better than we do. My faith has always carried me through and brought me to greater heights and experiences; it always will.
Funny how timing took its toll. I’m so happy and ready for this fresh start. To those of you who are thinking about making big career decisions: resignations, asking for a promotion that you deserve and shifting careers, do not be afraid to take a leap of faith when you feel like it is right. Of course you have to weigh your opportunities and financial status in the process.
“Success comes when opportunity meets preparation.” I couldn’t be more prepared for this job than I am now or than I was 5 years ago right after I graduated regardless of my achievements. The law of attraction only works with the right timing– never too early and never too late. You have to learn how to trust the universe and its echoes. It will be beautiful, I promise.
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