I am a simple person and I live a very simple life, even my dreams are simple. Yet, the real world (world of employment that is) is anything but simple. I thought taking up a 4-degree course will give me what I want, a simple job and a simple way of living. Yet when I was hired to teach at a particular university, I was overwhelmed with the fact that my 4-degree course will not make me keep my job as a teacher. I was required to take up a master’s degree which I was unwilling to do, and yet I did. So yes, I kept my job on the condition that I finish my master’s degree in two years (in my case, four- well it wasn’t that simple to work and study at the same time so I strongly think I deserved some slack J). I worked and studied at the same time which was the start of my life’s complications.

            I barely had time for myself since then because of my 36-units workload plus my units enrolled in the graduate school. I woke up in the morning, sometimes I ate breakfast, and sometimes I didn’t. At the dining table, one hand on my cup of coffee, the other on different books as references for my SEVEN different subjects. Even on the ride to school, I risked my eyes to slow destruction as I kept reading because I didn’t want to lose face in front of a class of FORTY students. On top of that of course, as young as I was as a teacher, I had realized my responsibility, my duty to give the best service (though sometimes best does not mean correct or perfectJ) to my students. At night, instead of going home, I went to another school, this time as a student AGAIN!!! (So much for my dream of keeping a simple life…)

            But I persisted and I did what I had to do. I worked during the day, I studied at night. I slept (many nights I didn’t) for a couple of hours and this went on for almost four years until I finished my master’s degree. I thought, “now that I have finished my course in the graduate school, I could probably go back to my plan A: my simple life.”  I transferred to another university and worked as an instructor in that school for more than a year and yet with the new work environment, and an added title to my already very long name, nothing much has changed. Every day is routinely complicated and I never had the chance to have that simple dream.  So one day… I simply decided to quit my job.

            I gazed beyond and saw the endless horizons of opportunities in life. I made my life complicated for five years when I could have just made a simple choice, a simple decision: quit my job! Had I not made such move, I would not have learned about what else this life has to offer. So, I sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee, read a good book, and chat with my mom, dad, and big sis. This time, I will keep my promise, I will follow my dream, and I will keep it simple, who knows? This could just be my luck!


Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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