I think I always had an idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I sort of tweaked it along the way. I knew I wanted to work in the field of education, but like most kids, I wasn’t exactly sure where I fit in.

When I was 7 years old, I wanted to be an agriculturist. At the age of 14, I wanted to do absolutely anything for the Philippines as a lawyer. By the time I was 18 years old, I wanted to be a journalist.

When I finally did grow up, I found myself working in a dead-end office job; this lasted for most of my 20s. Who was I to complain? I was making decent money, but I felt awfully unfulfilled.

I knew that I had what it takes to actually be an educator, but I was not sure exactly how to get there. And for a moment, I thought it was too late.

Until, I was given a chance to mentor young people few years back and I am still a work in progress.

Inspiring young people

The message of the Christian gospel is that there need not be any “has-beens” in God’s kingdom. He is the Lord of mercy who specializes in restoring his wayward people from their failures and dashed hopes. And He promises to be our partner in building a meaningful life of service to Himself and others.

After many years of struggling to get to where I am, I realized some very important things that I would like to share with you:

Never give up on your dreams.

Even if you kicked them out of the way because someone told you they were impossible, they’re still your dreams; you’ve merely set them aside.

Think back and remember the dreams you once had, whether it was to go to college or to become an animal rescuer or even to travel the globe. Your dreams have never truly gone away. If you work hard enough and do all of the necessary planning, you can achieve any goal that you set.

Learn to take risks and ignore all of the “what ifs.”
When I first started college, I had enough “what ifs” to build an entire country.

What if I’m too old? What if I can’t handle students? What if going back to school will be too much of a financial burden? What if, what if, what if…

I finally had the nerve to just kick the “what ifs” off of the boat and take the plunge into the sea of dreams. You can conjure up all of the “what ifs” that your mind will allow, but that energy is better spent working toward your goals.

I’m convinced many of us are tormented by “what ifs” in our lives. “What if I’d gone to the doctor sooner?” or “What if I’d not driven that route that day?” or “What if I’d been morally stronger?”

Alas, the “what ifs” plague us, but there’s nothing we can do to alter the course of the past. No one of us, no matter how strong, is strong enough to pull back the hands of time.

‘What If’ are two words, which have great power: the power to imprison the soul or to set it free – the choice is ours to make.

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