I am Marilyn Mercado. My friends call me Mars. Just like in Roman myth, Mars is the God of War.
But he is also a god of spring, growth in nature, fertility, and the protector of cattle.
I wear many hats. I am a teacher in a public school. I also do writing and research for a production outfit. Not to mention, I am also a volunteer storyteller for kids with cancer in Tahan-tahanan East Avenue Medical Center. To balance all of these, I also do mountaineering. For me, it’s my outlet to release all my stresses in life.
As a teacher, I believe that learning is a never-ending process and that my students are also my teachers because I get to learn from them especially since I am handling kids that belong to financially-challenged families.
As a volunteer, I learned that I can offer something to make this world a better place.
As a mountaineer, I learned that the outdoors is our playground. We can learn a lot from nature and most especially, with the people whom we are climbing with.
All of these contribute to who I am today. And for that, I am very grateful.
As I embark on this journey, it reminds me to cherish each moment because it will never come again.
Let me leave you with my favorite quote by Robyn Allen, “Many of us are afraid to follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure is to have never really tried.”
Don’t be afraid to try. You have the freedom to explore anything under the sun.
This is my journey. This is my story.