On being 38.

Medyo hindi yata sakto yung edad na 38 para mag take-stock na agad ng buhay. Parang bitin pa kasi siya — usually, it’s when you hit 40 that you contemplate doing this (at least, that’s what I’ve heard).

Pero dahil feel ko na rin siyang gawin, e di why not? Sayang naman yung inspiration, di ba?

So… what have I done in my 38 years stay (so far) on this Earth that’s worth listing?

Ang hirap sagutin, powtek.

Unang-una, who’s to say na worthwhile nga talaga yung kini-claim mong achievements? Saang standards mo sila itatapat?

  • Sa Four-Way Test ng Rotary Club International?
  • Sa Ten Commandments?
  • Sa mga Prinsiyo ng kinabibilangan mong Organisasyon?
  • Sa sarili mong mga pamantayan?
  • Sa pamantayan ng mga tao sa iyong paligid?

Pangalawa, nakaka-praning din yung magbuhat ng sariling banko ano. You’re opening yourself to scrutiny by total total strangers — people who don’t know you personally… people who have no idea why you did the things you did… people clueless as to your real motivations, your real agenda… i.e., to people who can be very quick to judge.

In short, mga taong katulad mo rin ang pag-uugali! Afraid! Hehehe…

So, pa’no ngayon yan? How can I publicly “take stock” of my life gayung ayaw ko namang ilatag yung accumulated “stock” ko?

Simple lang… I’ll just be as vague as possible.

Kaya, to paraphrase a line of Bilbo Baggins‘ speech during his eleventy-first birthday:

I did more than half the things I had wanted to do and, of these, regretted less than half of what I ought to have…


Basta ang alam kovery significant itong 38th birthday ko.

Bakit? Kasi nagtagpo na rin sa wakas yung edad at waistline ko! 🙂

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On being 38.

5 thoughts on “On being 38.

  1. belated happy birthday po!

    I did more than half the things I had wanted to do and, of these, regretted less than half of what I ought to have…

    >>mahaba pa naman ang buhay naten, kaya magagawa mo pa ang half na sinasabi mo! ^_^

    may you have many bdays to come!

    Taroogs – salamat, kapatid 🙂 sana ikaw din…

  2. brother, happy birthday.

    ganda ng birthday mo, human rights day!
    Eto pa…

    1810 – Tom Cribb (GB) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds)– kaya kaya yan ni Pacquiao?
    1869 – Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)- (for your F thing)
    1898 – Spanish-American War ends; US acquires Philippines, PR & Guam

    FAST FORWARD….
    1984;Desmond Tutu wins the Nobel Peace Prize
    2005:Microsoft releases its Xbox 360 video game console in Japan.

    mga ka-birthday mo:

    1948: Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front

    Taroogs – yesss! si Abu Abbas? buti hindi si Abu Tabaya 🙂 salamat, bro!

  3. aKDa ay nagsasabing:

    belated haburdey! wish ko lang… na sana… ang nais ko lang sabihin… shet, nahawa ako sa isa mong post. hahaha.

    deh… i would not say longer life, but an eventful life. make great memories.

    plus, happy krismas ang merry new year.

    ^_^ – uy, nagmamagaling na naman ako. ahahaha. napadaan lang. ^_^

    Taroogs – salamat, kapatid, sa pagbati at wish 🙂 en olso tu yu!

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