The Good Fight

"We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, our soul dies

‘The Good Fight is the one we Fight because our heart asks it of us. The Good Fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we are young our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to Fight. With great effort, we learn how to Fight, but by then we no longer have the courage to go into combat. So we turn against ourselves and do battle within. We become our own worst enemy. We say that our dreams were childish, or too difficult to realize, or the result or our not having known enough about life. We kill our dreams because we are afraid to Fight the Good Fight."

- Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage (1987)

i am always held at awe with whatever Paulo Coelho says. his choice of words, the profoundness of his ideas which he magnificently conveys and the limitless positive energy which seeps out of every word that comes from his pen.

i got to read this passage about The Good Fight on Coelho's blog, and i read it back in December of last year, when i was finding myself drowning in medical school. by that time i had already found myself in deep water; i wasn't performing to the high standards i have set upon myself, i disappointed not only myself but my parents as well, and the person i love was having difficulty in coping with the demanding schedule the school has given me.

being a doctor was my absolute childhood dream. when i was a child i wanted to be whatever my mom was because i thought her job was cool. she was a nurse, so i brought it upon myself to become a doctor, because in my little mind that was male equivalent of whatever my mom was doing (which was being a nurse).

that idea stuck, and it hasn't left my mind ever since.

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I Am...

People know me as a radio jock, jiu-jitsu addict, and a music artist. But I feel limited when I’m labeled, so I’m beyond those three. I am where curiosity and passion take me. Life is a journey of self-discovery, purpose, and creation. We are what we believe, and I believe in love. Its essence is my foundation. Let love in and the rest will follow.

I believe that uncertainty is wonder. You’ll love and hate it at the same time but it’s what keeps you on the edge of your seat. It lets your imagination run wild and explore. It’s what keeps things fresh and opens you up to the world of endless possibilities.

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On Childhood Dreams and Grown Up Dreams

When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a doctor. 

Not that I wanted to help people, it's just something that parents precondition you to want. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, be some wanker in a dark grey suit with a prefix attached to your name. 

When I was 6 years old, I wanted to guest on a cartoon show.

I was very fond of cartoons as a little boy, and I wanted to be a guest star on the Transformers. When you're 6 years old, large robots are the counterparts of real action heroes.  

Fast forward to when I was 11-13 years old. I wanted to be a basketball star. 

Believe it or not, I played 1 year of varsity basketball for my grade school.During the summer, I played basketball from 7 am until late at night when I couldn't see the hoop anymore. I was pretty good. Until I stopped growing and other kids outgrew me.

I was 18 years old, and I wanted to be a writer.

I found that I was pretty good with words. Ironic cos I have HORRIBLE handwriting. I'd write poems, essays, even short stories.  I wanted to write about how I saw the world, how beautiful and how bizaare it is. I've always wanted to write a book.

Forward to my 21 year old self and I wanted to be a photographer. To appear in a TV ad. To date a celebrity. To lose all this extra weight. 

Snap back  to right now, 4 years later and 30 pounds less. My 25 year old self wants to be an awesome jiu jitsu fighter. I want to be a machine. 

Just so you know, I'm sitting in the office right now, I wear a barong everyday and I work for the family business. My occupation does not involve a basketball, a camera, or a Jiu Jitsu kimono. But it's all good. It doesn't stop me from pursuing my other "want to be's."

Life changes and we sometimes take a different route from the path we always thought we'd take. I realized that deep inside, I'm still the 6 year old who wants to guest star on a cartoon show. The 21 year old photographer, the 13 year old basketball star. 

Here's a thought. There are dreams that you have(be a comedian, a unicyclist, a writer), and there are dreams that people expect you to have(be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a businessman). The dreams people expect you to have give your life direction and keeps you in touch with real life. The dreams that you have? They're the dreams that make life colourful. 

I hope this made sense to you.