June 3, 2011
Reflections On The Streets Of Venice
Exactly 7 days from now, I will be heading back to the Philippines to begin yet another new chapter in my life. The next 7 days will be my last aboard the Voyager of the Seas working as their first ever Medi-Spa Physician. Six months ago I was almost hesitant to come onboard and work abroad, far from the comforts of home and family. The first 2 weeks were a struggle and I was on the brink of giving up. But then I decided to let go of all negative thoughts and focused on the things that were more positive. It is true what they say, "You can't direct the wind, but yo can adjust your sail." So I gave up on the thoughts that tell me that "I can't" and started declaring the two most powerful words in the entire Universe, "I can". As I started this new attitude, I looked back and recalled the times I spoke the words, "I can't". Perhaps it is no longer important how many times I said and thought those words. After all, my life isn't that simple either. Like the labyrinthine streets of Venice where I am blogging right now, my young life had so many twists and turns, confusing alleys and signs. At the same time, there have been a lot of surprises around the corner and every bridge, big or small, plain or beautiful, always brought me to a sight better than the last one.
Life is indeed almost similar to the streets of Venice. And as I draw near to the end of this street, I am now, like in the past, confronted with yet another fork in the road. However, unlike in the past when I faced this fork in the road with fear and uncertainty, I am now more confident and trusting. For no matter what I choose, I would still end up with a much better view of life. Life is definitely bigger and more complexed than Venice, but it is nonetheless as beautiful as this place. Every structure has a story to tell. Every bridge bears a sentimental value. Every gondola holds two lovers oblivious to the world around them. Every path I have taken has led me to so many lessons and surprises that I am now looking forward to yet another ride.
The next 7 days will be quick and fast however, they shall not pass unnoticed. To the friends I have made in the last 6 months, thank you for the gift of friendship. To the friends and family I have left at home...I am on my way.
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