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TEDxDiliman: Paths Less Travelled

This year’s TEDxDiliman, one of the many TED Talks from all over the world with the goal to inspire and motivate people, goes by the them “Paths Less Travelled”. With topics that range from history to spoken word; comics to social entrepreneurship; and teaching the disabled to running for the presidential seat, the speakers will surely induce the audience to think, be hopeful and do something different.

As a special giveaway for this year’s ‪#‎TEDxDiliman‬ event, we’re giving away tickets to 10 lucky individuals! Just submit a story with the theme ” Taking the path less travelled” here! ‪#‎brew2015‬

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  1. Have you ever found yourself caught in the middle? Not knowing what step to take next?

    I was in that position this year. Some said that what I am going through is part of the post-partum dilemma many new moms experience. Some said that it is what we called mid-life crisis. However to me it is called taking chances.

    As most parents do. They want to provide everything to their kids. How are we going to do that? Of course by having a secured high-paying job. My question to myself is do I really make my daughter proud with this path I chose? After I gave birth I decided to stay at my current job. I always remind myself that I need this job to provide everything to my family. I kept asking my husband “Am I doing the right thing?”. Until one day I got tired of asking myself. I became confused on which way to go. I have a lot of should, would and could. I need security but there is no fulfilment. What am I supposed to do? Then I decided to do what most parents would not do. Quit my job.

    This is very difficult. I worked there for five years. How am I going to survive everyday’s needs? Will my career end now? So many questions. But taking chances gave me more than I expected. Windows of opportunity opened. I become more present in my daughter’s life. A lot has changed. I become more active in blogging now. I can spend more time with my family. Financial status become better.

    Taking the road less travelled is not the end of everything you have prayed for. It will actually make the difference and leads you to the path where you want to be.

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  2. Joy Camille Gomez says:

    Taking the Path Less Travelled
    Joy Camille Gomez
    Communications Officer, Urban Youth Academy Philippines

    Senior account manager in an adveristing agency. Social media officer in a PR firm. Broadcast journalist in a well-known TV station. These are the jobs of people in my Facebook feed. People who finished Communication or Mass Communication in college. People who rave and rant about work endlessly. (But a job’s always a love-hate relationship, I guess?)

    I was in marketing ever since I graduated. I loved how all my loves were in one department– events management, copywriting, multimedia. I did not plan on a marketing career but that’s where my starts led me. It was adrenalin-fuelled and I was ecstatic. Editing words and layouts of brochures, branding guidelines and posters; booking flights, hotels, venues and caterers for events at the lowest price I can manage to negotiate; editing audio-visual presentations and going home at midnight. The tangible result of the work we were doing made it easy to gauge if we were effective or not. Did the collateral increase sales? Did the annual awards encourage the sales agents to reach their quota? Did the new corporate client feel the sincere welcome with the contract-signing and lunch?

    I cannot count the nights I just went home to sleep, bathe and go to the office again. Missing dinner and chit-chat with the family, not being able to ask my little sister how her day was, not hearing my mom with the litany of things we girls must do in the house before going to bed like feeding the dogs and locking all doors. Even the latter, one gets to miss. The interaction with people I care about was at times sacrificed for deadlines.

    I left the corporate world mid-2015. It wasn’t a clean break-up and I wish I’d have done it differently. I loved what I am doing. But there are days I finish all tasks and wonder “Okay, now what?” Even if I perfect the work I was doing, I did not feel that I was contributing in the grander scheme of things.

    Poverty. Unemployment. Social apathy. These are the things I try to deal with in my new journey. There are so many challenges our world face and I want to help even in my own little way. Working for a non-profit organization has been very fulfilling. To know that the event went smoothly plus the delegates learned more about how they can create joba for themselves and others and not be a victim of job unavailability and poverty. To organize youth exchange programs to teach and involve the youth to help change communities with long-term projects. To create information campaigns to inform the youth of their important role in solving social problems. These things give a priceless feeling.

    No Christmas bonus. No healthcard. No 14th and 15th month pay. No profit-sharing. The usual perks of working for corporate. I’m not even sure how long I can do this service to society, how long it might need me. But knowing that I help make a ripple in the river– beyond sales quotas, beyond client-relationship, beyond setting up posters, banners and tarpaulin– I’d be more than happy to do this until the world becomes a better place to live in.

  3. Chryzl Sicat says:

    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
    —Benjamin Franklin

    The oldest memory she has of wanting to learn is when she was around 3 years old. She was writing something unintelligible while playing on the dirt surrounding her grandma’s house. When her cousin asked her what it was, she told her, “Lagyu queng tayid tayid yan,” (It is my name in cursive). Her cousin, who was as young as her, would believe her and be amazed by how much she can write, when in reality, someone who can read would not really make something out of the random curves and lines she was trying to connect back then.

    Why am I telling you this story? Because it is an early indicator of what the girl in the story will be pursuing for the next 22 years from that scene of her younger years.

    She was a learner in the academics—nothing unusual for someone who has spent more than 2 decades of her life in the academe just like everyone else. What is unusual is when everyone else has decided to stop learning, she chose otherwise and pursued higher learning. When everyone is happy to have escaped the university, she planned on ways to get back and continue. She was a learner in life. Every person has a story to tell, and hers is no different. What separates her from the rest is her drive to continue moving forward regardless of the personal, professional, and circumstantial conflicts; when everyone else decided to quit, she kept her fight to move on in life and learn in the process. She has evolved into a woman making her own opportunities rather than waiting for them to happen. She was a learner in the public service. In an industry of ageing specialists, she is the deviant. She is young, an idealist who introduces system improvements to a rather dragging culture of service, further learning that there is more to life than her own ambitions and aspirations. And all that she has learned made her hungry for more.

    My story about unintelligible writing on dirt may make you smile and reminisce your personal, old ways yourselves. But it is a manifestation of a personal drive to be ahead, to be a deviant in a positive way, to have dreams bigger than ourselves, ambitious as they may seem. As early as being in my toddler years, I had been at a state of unrest to always learn, to always improve, to be part of something big, to always be in a hustle to run towards something fulfilling—which for me, as I realized, is making the life of people around me work for the better.
    I graduated college at 19, served as the breadwinner to a family of 7 on that same age, earned my Master’s degree at 24, and have been in the public service since 2011.

    My life, as I have told above, and in its entirety so far, is my path less travelled. And it has been my best learning experience, with no ending yet in sight, I will not get tired telling people about.

  4. Ritz Cruz says:

    – For the Better –
    Maybe I should have just stayed at home. It was one of those long weekends and it would have been the perfect time to catch up on lost sleep. But I decided to be adventurous and looked forward to trekking, spelunking and may be even cliff diving. In my mind, the scariest part would be the jump and the hardest part would be the thousand step trail that I’d be forced to take for fun’s sake. If that was all that there was to it, I’d like to think that it would have still been a good story for the theme – path that is less travelled.
    After the 4-hour commute and the visit to one of the caves, taking a dip or a dive in the water would have been a great break before heading to the more complicated trail going to the next cave. And it was a great idea until our American officemate got into an accident. The moment I saw it, I knew it was bad but I didn’t have an idea of how much it will impact our lives. He got a gash in his right leg (shin area) when he jumped not knowing that there was big rock waiting. The first aid kit we had was not enough but we were lucky to have a doctor in the same nature park who can help. The doctor reassured us that he will be fine and that’s it wasn’t anything serious. He was in pain during our ride back so we decided to go to the hospital to have it stitched. Again, we were told that it wasn’t anything serious and that the suture can be removed after a week.
    To most people who knew, they were worried of the implications: a foreigner hurt in our country while on business. The Manila office is liable to what happens to him and it will not look good.
    I took it upon myself to make sure that he got the support and assistance that he needed. My supervisor was concerned with the fact that I am a woman and rumors might ensue from spending long hours while being too close to him. Another concern was the work that I had to leave while I’m out taking care of him. But my mind was set in taking the only path that I know to be right. For me that was the only option to take, anything less would have been unbecoming of what it is to be human. No matter how many times I have been warned about the possible disadvantages. I held my ground and continued to assist him the best way I can.
    When all of this was happening, I never thought much about it. I was able; I had the time and the strength to take care of him. No big deal! Only when he got well did I see a bigger picture. In his pain he learned to be humble by accepting that at some point he will need help. He called my efforts as acts of selflessness that inspired him to do the same to people around him. He thought that if I can dedicate my time and energy to a visiting colleague, he should be able to do more for his family.
    Before his trip back to the US, he thanked me and made me realize that I was God’s tool in making sure that he gets better. He also said that his family is indebted to me for all that I have done. I thanked him too, for allowing me to be kind and for letting me see a better version of myself – a part of me that I rarely choose to travel to. That is why going against the grain will hurt because the best way that the lessons in life can be learned is when it is etched deep in our soul by choices not made by anyone other that our very self. This can be better captured by the words of Viktor Frankl – “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
    I chose the response that made me human. Free from what the society dictates. At the end of the day, we are not bound by our gender, social status or nationality. We are all part of one creation and we all have but one path to take – the path back to our Creator. And yes, that path was never an easy one to take but well worth it.

    1. Jee Riñon says:

      Upon the way ordained for me it seemed
      that all the world, not I, was passing by.
      As wayward paths of possibility
      were left behind, my forward progress ceased.

      -Benjamin Garrett