“Choices are hinges of destiny.”

Edwin Markham


Admit it or not, there is a point in your life that you envisioned yourself to become someone who is successful and happy with what you are doing when you grow old, but because of personal circumstances, you did not achieve it. As you grow older, you realized that some things are not just meant to be and all you have to do is to live with that fact. Why? Maybe because the path you chose when you were young was also not meant for you.

Making decisions that will create a huge impact in your life as an individual is not easy, most especially when you are still a student. I asked myself a lot of times about my wants in life (in the present and in the future), but there is so much floating around my head and choosing the right path was too overwhelming.

It is crucial because it is your future at stake. You are unsure whether to take risk or to just live within the corners of your comfort zone. Sure there are variations of easy and hard paths but here is the truth:

“All of us know the right path to take but we often struggle in making decisions because the challenges are unknown and we are uncertain if we can live with it.”

Simply, we are afraid of regrets and failure. We are afraid that we cannot make it.

As much as possible, you have to think for your future. Whether it can be achieved smooth-sailingly or through the course of a rocky road, ride with it! Though hardships may arise, you know it will be worth it. Choose something that will make you happy so you can live with no regrets! It really makes sense because the secret to happiness is being able to love whatever it is you do in your life.


“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

Flora Whittemore

All throughout my life, I wanted to take Multimedia Arts as I find myself passionate when it comes to photography, film making and content creation. I envisioned myself as someone who works for clients and brands with the talent and skills given to me by God. It may not sound as extravagant as other professions, but I wanted to be that guy behind crafts in magazines and movie houses.

But some things aren’t fitting by that time yet. There were significant people who vastly influenced my career of choice which is now is the career I’m in, being a college professor. I have been teaching for years and even though things did not fall into where I want them to be, I am still grateful to the outcomes of my choices.

As of the moment, I am blissful to say that I have learned to love my degree, my job and the people who make me feel better by just being with me in it.

My colleagues!
College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Languages and Mass Communication faculty

With my story, I just want to remind you that your future still depends on you. Reflect on your interests and skills. Use your time, especially for high school students, to ponder on which career you want to take in college. But if time is not enough, do researches that might be helpful to you. Invest effort in figuring out where you belong or you will end up not getting what you want. Moreover, do not let other people decide for the future you want. Take their suggestions as suggestions only and not your personal decisions.

After all, it is better to live a life of fulfillment rather than regret.

Published by Cyrel Rodriguez

Sir Cy is a full-time college instructor at Cavite State University-Indang Campus.

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