What success means to me

Filipinos are known for being hospitable, cheerful, positive, hardworking, and patient. That’s why it’s sad to see some Filipinos rushing for priority, showing impatience and rudeness in public places and transportation, traffic, trains, lines, or groceries.

When I was younger, I used to be impatient. I got angry easily. I always rush things even my homework and exams. I didn’t like waiting. I always procrastinate.

When I was 12, I can’t wait to be 18. When I was in college, I can’t wait to finish college so I can work, earn money for myself, and live by myself.

When I graduated in college and worked, I can’t wait to have a boyfriend. I was prohibited to have one while studying but when I finally had a boyfriend, we didn’t end up together.

Now I’m 35 years old, I couldn’t help but think about my childhood and student years especially when I see kids from elementary and high school.

Time flies so fast. I was so busy with work, family, and reaching for my dreams that I forgot what it’s like to enjoy life and live in the moment.

It’s true what they say when you’re young, you can’t wait to get old, but when you’re old, you want to be young again.

During our high school graduation, I imagined myself speaking in front of the graduates as the guest speaker. When and how, I didn’t know. So when this opportunity came, I grabbed it.

During our time, most of the speakers were politicians and popular personalities. If I’m an ordinary college graduate, how can I become a speaker during graduation?

So I tried my luck at the Philippine Military Academy as a cadet because I wanted to be the first PMA female graduate in the province of Rizal.

I left after two years because I realized PMA was not for me and I wanted to be a writer, which has been my childhood dream ever since.

When I finished my Journalism course in UST, I grabbed the first job opportunity offered to me to work as a researcher in a government office. I left after eight years to try my luck in a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) world in Eastwood City for a year, until I ended up in this company for four years now. I never thought this is it – my dream job!

I prayed to be a writer, but God has blessed me with even more – an editor-in-chief for a travel magazine and associate editor for other magazines that led me to meeting different politicians, celebrities, and travel. I couldn’t ask for more.

Now, I’m here standing in front you not as a politician or celebrity, but as an accomplished writer, which is testament that dreams really do come true.

Thank you St. Matthew College for giving me this opportunity, for recognizing professionals like me, and for the quality education you have given me.

To all my teachers who guided me, believed in my abilities, and have been my inspiration when I was still in high school.

Thank you to my parents who gave me the freedom to pursue Journalism in college, for providing me with good education, and to our dear Lord for making my dreams come true and for answering my prayers even if it took years.

Now I realize that we can never rush things – our education, work, promotion, or even the answers to our prayers because everything happens in His own perfect time.

If you think high school is too long with the implementation of K to 12, don’t get impatient, don’t rush, and have no fear because graduating in high school is not a contest.

Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life. It’s about what you inspire others to do. It’s loving what you do, serving the country and your fellowmen, helping in the nation’s development, serving God, and giving back to your family.

Good things come to those who wait, work hard, and respect their parents. Study hard, value education, but don’t forget to enjoy your youth because it will only come once in your life. Go for your dreams. Know what you want and don’t rush into growing up because you’ll get there whether you like it or not.

Delivered during St. Matthew College’s Grade 10 Moving Up and Recognition Ceremony on March 31, 2016 as Guest Speaker

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  Prior to that, she's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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