Overcome Your Giants By Dwelling On Your Strengths

I am currently employed as a public school teacher. I took up a degree in Elementary Education in college because my family was not in the position to send me to college with a degree in MassComm or any course related to writing. Don’t get me wrong– I love my present job. But deep in my heart, there is something else I’ve always wanted to do…and that is TO WRITE!

I love writing poems and essays. I’ve joined several writing contests as well as writing workshops to learn more about this craft. One day, I came across this quote by Robin Hobb, “Don’t listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won’t be one of them. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them. I meet far too many people who are going to be writers someday. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do.” And true to this quote, my poems got included in ANI, the literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Last October 15, 2014, the 38th Edition of ANI was launched. It was also the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 45th anniversary at that time. I attended the event together with the other 70+ writers who are known in Philippine literature. I would like to give my gratitude to my mentors Sir Hermie Beltran and Dr.Luis Gamaitan for believing in me. They inspired me to write. Thank you also to my parents because even though they are both in heaven now, I know that they are happy that I have achieved my dream to become a writer. 

Someday, I would like to write a script for a film or a television series. Ricky Lee, Jun Lana, and Zig Dulay are some of the scriptwriters I look up to. I would also like to write a book for children. Since I am a teacher, I have so many experiences and stories to share! I believe that if we really want something, it is not impossible to achieve it if we believe and do our part. We all have the freedom to explore anything under the sun and become what we really want to be.

Let me end this story with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” 


About the Contributor

Mars Mercado is a public school teacher, a storyteller, a writer, a mountaineer, and a volunteer. She may look serious but lo and behold! She is a humorous speech champion from IAME Toastmasters. She loves reading,acting, and traveling! She realized that after all this time, she eis a risk-taker and a lover of life. You may read her other works at www.journeyingmars.blogspot.com.

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