ten years ago, my life changed.
it was september of year 2000, exactly ten years ago, when my life took a slight detour. little did i know then, that detour would change my life forever!
you know when people say "GoD has a plan"? whether you go through something good or bad, whether its something that makes you extremely happy or devastatingly sad, our faith teaches us that everything happens for a reason and GoD has a plan. there is a plan. :)
i was a simple comm arts freshman in ateneo then. i was nerdy, shy, i kept to myself. all i wanted to be then was a writer and director for film. just like many other "discovery" stories, i was walking in the mall with my sister when i was approached by a caster asking me if i wanted to try out for the pantene healthy hair quest. they were looking for "real people" with "real hair stories". i really didn't think i was cut out for that kind of thing and so i pushed my sister, who then had long black hair to submit an entry. they took my picture as well saying, since i was there, might as well. fast forward to the final casting one week later, and i found myself the winner of the search.
never would i have thought in a million years that i would ever be in my own commercial. never.
i liked the set up of working as a model and studying at the same time. it taught me time management. it taught me the value of hard earned money. it opened my world in a way i never thought possible. i met so many people from executives to make up artists to photographers to stylists to editors. my network of connections and circle of friends grew. more doors started to open. i took more detours. i took more chances but also turned down some. i grabbed more opportunities. i got my heart broken one too many times, both in my personal life and work life. i was the subject of so much criticism and my character was attacked. i found comfort and support in the arms of my loved ones. i just continued to dream and work hard and do my best. i took time to enjoy traveling. to enjoy quality time with my family and friends. i rewarded myself. i saved money. i learned new things. i enjoyed life.
today i find myself in a place i never thought in a gazillion years would be possible. never. never in my wildest dreams did i think i would ever work in shows and have advocacies that would be able to influence and inspire people. never. but, here i am. i find myself still in awe thinking about how my life turned out. sure enough, like they say, GoD had a plan for me.
i am 27 years old. and i would have to say that this is the most important lesson life has taught me thus far. that GoD has a plan for me. GoD has a plan for you, GoD has a plan for every single person you love, GoD has a plan for me. whether something good or bad happens, it all works out for the best in the end. your life may take detours you don't want to happen, or detours that make you fearful, but it is only in time that you will understand why your life had to take that detour.
trust and believe.
keep the faith.
just be the best you that you can be. ♥