“He who has the WHY can bear almost any HOW.”
I was almost done with my second blog post which was about our experience in Coron. I worked on it for a number of cultivating-travel-writing sessions. It took me months before I finally pushed myself to write again on some portion of weekends and work on the blog after 5 months from the first post. (Yes, I got sidetracked that early. Sorry, Kiddo.) Then when I was about to finish it on a weekend, I LOST the seven-page drafted file! The external drive cannot be opened anymore. I asked for our company’s IT Department, but they cannot save it anymore. Sh*t happens.
So, here I am, postponing writing the same post again. It’s normal to feel bad about it, but of course, I will work on it again soon.
This experience made me thought of writing this personal post. Why do I need to work on it again? Why do I want to write about it? On a bigger picture, why do I want to blog? Why do I want to write my thoughts and share it to strangers even if the introvert in me feels creepy inside.
So, “Why”? Again, “Why do I want to blog?” I was able to list 10 reasons so far.
- Because I want to cultivate my passion for travelling and writing.
“Follow” is different from “Cultivate.” I learned this from an article entitled, “Follow Your Passion is a Crappy Advice” which I personally agree to. It says, “’Follow implies that you discover the passion in advance then go match it to a job. At which point, you’re done. Cultivate implies that you work toward building passion for your job. This is a longer process but it’s way more likely to pay dividends. It requires you to approach your work like a craftsman. Honing your ability, and then leveraging your value, once good, to shape your working life toward the type of lifestyle that resonates with you.
At this point in my life, I consider travelling, writing and my job in the Quality Management field as my passions. I included my day job because maybe I love doing it because I’m honing my expertise in it for more than 5 years already. I think I want the best of those worlds. Thus, I want to cultivate these passions. I want to immerse myself more to really know and prove that they really are.
Now, let me focus on travelling and writing.
TRAVELLING. I first loved travelling years ago when I was in high school, but I just acknowledged the desire to do more of it just 3 years ago. And now, my goal is to travel once a month, either local or abroad, depending on the availability of the resources- time and budget. So, why write about my travels? It would be a platform for me to reflect on my experiences, to organize my thoughts and to share them which would continuously spark my wanting to travel often. Does it make sense to you also? Because it is to me.
WRITING. I’m a late-bloomed lover of words. I remember I consistently tried to apply for our school’s newsletter or paper during high school but I never got in. I lacked the knowledge and skill of writing because I didn’t acknowledge it at a young age. Also, my simple reason of not pursuing it was that I cannot afford to buy books and I cannot afford to attend writing workshops at that time. (Pitying oneself at a young age.) I never got interested in pursuing it not until now that I’m adult. I rekindled my love for reading books, and I realized that I’m appreciating reading articles or blogs which sometimes I daydream of being the author of it. So, why not pursue it if there’s a free platform for me to do it? Again, I want to learn by doing it, by immersing myself in it, and then improve on it as I go along, as I make mistakes of not making sense or not having a cohesive thought on what I right. This is challenging, but hey, we all need to do something challenging in our existence, right?
- This will be my way of participating in the world through sharing my thoughts in my hamster ball.
I’m very much comfortable in my introversion, in living in my hamster ball. I’d rather live in my own thoughts than to engage in conversions that doesn’t give me enough reason to join to. I see things and process it in my mind, and I rarely speak about it. Sometimes it is good, but I think that it would be better if I spoke my mind on some instances. So maybe writing my thoughts and sharing it to people will loosen up the introvert in me.
Blogging will push me to voice out my thoughts to people, to strangers. This is my silent way of participating in the outside world. I’m guilty of the fact that I think of this is a way also to communicate to my friends and to my family. I seldom share my life. This would make them understand me more. (Wheew! This is truly a challenge for me and Kiddo because we both have our own hamster balls.)
Maybe I’ll have new friends, eventually. Hello there!
- Because I want to understand myself more.
Among the intelligences in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Kiddo and I both have Intrapersonal on top of our intelligences. We both understand ourselves and our innermost feelings. But of course, learning oneself is a continuous process because we grow, we mature, we change in our own pace and to the course that we would like to take.
Writing will let me document my key learning and wisdom from my experiences. This would not be just about travel guides. There’s so many of it already. This would help me process and organize my thoughts, and learn. Be the inspiration come from adventures, from travels, from mishaps, from mistakes or from dangerous experiences, I would gladly experience it, and I would document it, then be a better version of myself after. As one campaign of Nike says, Make It Count!
- This will be my public journal.
I started my personal journal which was triggered when I was lying awake at night after drinking coffee last 2013, then it became a habit. Only me can access and read it. Supporting what John Krakauer of Into the Wild says, I believe that happiness is most real when shared. He used “is”, but for me it’s “most.” So, there! I want to share my happiness, my thoughts and my life to you, to people.
This is my story, my online diary. This is our story, our adventure book which will live forever. It would be a surreal experience to read my posts 5 years after, 10 years after of 20 years after. One thing for sure, Kiddo and I will still be kids at heart by then.
- Eventually, I want to link it in helping in good causes.
I want to find and pursue a vocation. I already have plans in mind which I need to narrow down. I want to travel and help locals along the way. I want to read more books and share them to those who aspire to do the same but don’t have the resources to do so. I want to be part of an environmentalist group who take actions to address or reduce the impacts of climate change. I want to be an ambassador of an organization that I truly love and believe in. I want to mainly promote local tourism. Then, and maybe then, writing will be an instrument to find it and pursue it. Maybe I’ll add a dedicated category for this within the blog.
As what Steve Jobs said, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?”
- I want to share my travel experiences to others in a way I can inspire you to do things that you want to do or to travel also.
I first thought that travelling is only for those who can afford to. I never consider that I could spend only P500-P1000 per day abroad,that I could travel alone abroad, that Hong Kong was way too expensive for me, and many other apprehensions. I am continuously amazed of what I can do for travelling and I want to share it and inspire other people who are having second thoughts to do it. Travelling is one topic that I get excited to talk to when being brought up in a discussion. Ask me and I’ll be very glad to share my wisdom to you. I’ll be your supporter whenever you have plans in mind. Let’s build on it and make those travel plans happen!
- This is new to me. This is me chasing novelty as what Jason Silva defined as what happiness means.
Well, I don’t consider it as my only way to be happy but it is more about the wanting to learn and explore new things. This may be a mistake but it will be a beautiful one, because I had the courage to take small action steps. But as long as I believe in my Whys of doing this, it can never be a mistake for me.
- I want to have the freedom to travel to other places.
This is the end that I have in mind. I know it won’t be easy but this “end” should push me enough. How cool would it be if I became a digital nomad, eh? I could imagine myself becoming one. I look up to a bunch of Filipinas who are currently living a nomadic lifestyle. Whenever I read their articles, it inspires me to work towards the goal. If you’re interested to read one, you may also follow iamaileen.com, twomonkeystravelgroup.com, 365traveldates.com, wearesolesisters.com and psimonmyway.com.
I want to have the freedom to work anywhere, at any time of the day and on things which are meaningful for me.
- I want to add value to my own life and someone else’s life.
I’m not quite sure of the “value” I’m pertaining to yet. The value which I can offer is sincere and heartfelt sharing of experiences and private musings which I think can contribute something to you as my reader, my friend. But I’m sure it will evolve into something which I’m not aware of yet.
I want to make my life count, for myself and for others.
- Because maybe, I may eventually find my ikigai through writing.
“Why do I wake up in the morning?”
I don’t have a profound response to this question. It can be as simple as to contribute to the growth of the company I’m working for, to become a better version of my current self, to experience the world in different places, to enjoy living this life, to make each day count, etc. But I’m not sold to any of these yet.
I believe that I have a “purpose” in life. The purpose which is the integration of what I’m great at (profession), what I love (passion), what the world needs (vocation), and what I’m paid for (vocation). It may not be clear to me yet, but eventually, I will be able to connect the dots and find my ikigai. Maybe this yearning to write is leading me to find it?
There! It’s amazing that I was able to identify 10 reasons, which is actually many. Every time I need a motivation to write, I’ll read this. Every time I’ll question the outcome of this, I’ll read this. And every time things are not falling into place, I’ll read this. Because in everything we do, it all boils down to the reason/s why we are doing it in the first place.
LET’S EXCHANGE THOUGHTS: Do you share the same WHYs? Or do you have other reason/s why you write/blog?