Somebody once asked me what a brighter life meant to me. As a person closely connected to the brand it is associated with, I had to take a moment to get out of the box and to gain a better perspective of my life — and whether it was burning brightly and according to how I wanted it to.
Like a candle, I can’t help spark another without first getting flamed myself.
After taking some time to reflect, I’ve come up with a three-item checklist on what I feel defines a brighter life for me. Here they are:
1. The ability to enjoy the fixed daily parts of the day. Whether it be breakfast, my makeup routine, the daily commute to work, my job, or the people I work with. In the 28 years that I’ve been walking this earth, I’ve realized that what we do everyday is more important than what we do once in a while. While long term goals will always be something I would keep in mind, it also doesn’t hurt to engineer life in order to get its optimum offerings. This is why I’ve chosen to eliminate my daily commute (I live very near my new workplace); I wake up a full three hours before I need to leave my house so I can eat breakfast in peace; and I’ve chosen an employer according to the values and culture which I uphold.
2. The capacity to give in to my dreams. Every now and then, we have that bit of luho, whether that be a designer bag, an upscale furniture, or a trip to a different country. Mine is an array of sorts (I am a reformed shopaholic, after all). Most days, I am a happy bunny, not really needing a lot of things – just my home, food, and laughter. Other days, I crave to be somewhere else in the world. Travel, I truly believe, is a form of investing in oneself.
3. The opportunity to share this life with the people I love. My friends, mentors and Brighter Life contributors Randell and Marvin would always tell me: “Aanhin pa ang pera kung walang love life?” While those words are said in jest, it does make a lot of sense. Why else do we need to save up if not to spend it on our families and on our loved ones; and to demonstrate our love for them and share life’s milestones with them?
Have I got all of these three items checked? I’m lucky to be at a point in my life where I have achieved everything that makes my life brighter, all at the same time. Like another Brighter Life contributor, Vince, I’ve worked a long time to fulfill all these, and will continue to work hard to keep these in balance.
This is what a brighter life means to me. What about you?
Photo used under Creative Commons from Akaporn Bhothisuwan