“Everyone’s just pretending, no one really knows their shit,” a friend going through an extended midlife crisis once commented. Experience doesn’t necessarily make a person wiser, sometimes it just means a longer and juicier memoir.
Sometimes all you need to do is ask. The meek may eventually inherit the earth, but they certainly won’t get paid well while living here. Four amazing women who come from different industries joined us to weigh in on the topic: P&G APAC Brand Manager Nicole Villarojo, HK-based Branding Expert Jane Dee, CEO of Status Media Group Rosario Herrera, and Actress/Talent Manager Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.
Our lives require pruning too. Through time, we accumulate things, narratives, relationships, and ideologies that we carry with us. Pruning is about taking a step back and letting go of all those that are weighing us down; saying no to what is no longer aligned with the life we’d like to build, so we could be free to become the version that we seek.
I wrote this in Dahlgren Chapel almost one year ago. I consider it as the simplest but also the most honest poem I’ve ever written. I think I’m the type of person who could never ‘unlove’ someone, and this poem holds all the goodwill and tenderness I will always have for every person who had walked with me at some point in my life.
People who have lost a parent often say that what you miss the most are not the grand memories, but the small gestures that seemed so ordinary at the time.