Life is good. No, life is GREAT. There's always going to be something amazing waiting for us around the corner if we choose to seek it. In life, there are a million opportunities and it's up to us which ones we take, which ones we're going to let change our lives; for better or for worse. Only we can see them, and only we can choose to make them a reality.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. Not everyone is as optimistic as me. Not everyone believes they have a chance at a better life.
When I learned about #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it was this amazing chance to finally help those in need on a national scale; how you winning means getting your wish for the country somehow granted by the charitable efforts of Globe. It's just not something that happens everyday, and it just might be the miracle that thousand, no, millions of people have been waiting for. :)
For my entry, I've prepared a little photo gallery of sorts to help me explain my wish for the Philippines.
My life is better than most as I've been blessed with things far beyond my comprehension, and for them I am eternally grateful. I get to experience these beautiful sunsets from our living room.
At the end of the day, I can relax on my own bed without a care in the world. I can close my eyes and that'd be it. The day would be over.
I go to one of the top universities in the country everyday, and there, I get to learn how all these amazing things; things that are privileged to those who can afford this level of education.
But that's just the thing: education shouldn't be limited to the privileged. Education shouldn't be something attainable by being "affordable." It should be for the privileged, it should be for the less fortunate, it should be for everyone.
Remember that random public school you pass by from time to time? In there could be some of the most amazing people that this nation has ever seen. In there could be the kids that will eventually change the world. A school is a place brimming of human potential waiting to be molded and developed, and it doesn't matter if it's some fancy exclusive school or a simple but adequate one like the ones we usually see. Everyone needs to learn, everyone deserves to be aware; everyone has a right to be educated.
In that crowd could be a future leader, a future architect, a future engineer, and a future educator; the possibilities are undeniably endless.
And it hurts to think that these kids only represent a tiny fraction of the young population that have yet to experience what it feels like to be in a classroom.
We see all these children in their little uniforms going to their schools and we forget the ones that aren't. We forget the ones that are outside our horizons of comfort. We forget about the kids that we see begging for alms along the freeway. What about them? What about their future?
They continue to live their life believing that it will be their one and only reality until they perish, and it's just painful beyond belief to see. There are programs and there are charities, but normal people, people like me, we just can't save them all, can we? And that's our reality.
But with Globe's new project, I believe it can this huge leap forward; a leap to the "bigger and brighter future" that we only read, hope, and pray about. That is, until today. People like me are given this newfound hope that, maybe, we can make a difference through the little things we do. Maybe, we can finally help.
The one gift that I would wish for the Philippines is education for all. It's not enough that we have all these charity drives, because after them, what are the less fortunate to do? What can they do? No, it's not enough that we give and give and give. It's time that we help them stand up on their own to finally let them have some independence, to finally give their life a sense of meaning, to finally see them unshackle themselves from their hopelessness.
They deserve it. They all do.
What about you? What's your wish for the Philippines? Comment it below!
"If there's one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?"
The most creative one will win an iPad Mini 2, while the next fifteen (15) will win a GLOBE Tattoo Stick as well as GLOBE Prepaid Cards! Good luck! :)