Column name: Amidst the Rey
Columnist: John Rey L. Villareal
Ambition— it is one of the few things that can either make or break a person. It drives one to improve their craft or do something better in life; however, it also poses the danger of destroying one’s self (physically and mentally) just to achieve that goal.
How far would you go for a dream? Is it worth it? Ask yourself these questions whenever you want something badly.
It may sound cliché, but it is true:“If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it’s your forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be.” It is not bad to want something, but too much can lead to problems. It blinds you with the reality of what is really happening— you destroying yourself. Distancing yourself from the desire is sometimes the only way to go. You might say that the pain will soon just fade, that the desire would still be worth the tolerance but to what extent? The pain could fade, but the scars it will leave behind are indelible.
Breaking yourself and your values for an ambition is not worth it. Life is not about getting what you want, but it is about theexperience. The ups, the downs, and in-betweens on your way to death are things should always cherish. You will leave these ambitions in the grave, whether accomplished or not. However, if there was an afterlife, you will bring with you one thing— who you were as a person.
Fulfillment from accomplishing a goal will leave a mark on paper. But, being who you are while doing so will leave a mark in people’s hearts. Achievements can be written by anyone, but to touch someone’s heart will take a lifetime to do.
You have one goal in life and that is to live it. Whether you measure your life’s fulfillment through the number of trophies and awards you get or through being with the one you truly love, just remember to look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are still there.~