Happy Birthday, Career!

Happy Birthday, buhay manunulat.
Happy Birthday, buhay ahensya!

CONGRATULATIONS, inabot ka ng isang taon!

This post is 5 days late for my first work anniversary. It has been a year since I started working as a writer for advertising and the journey was pretty much crazy. My first job was effin’ awesome but I am no longer in that company because you know, there are circumstances you just cannot control. It has been a year since I started dating my many selves over coffee. Most of you may not believe that I started out as an intern for graphic arts but that was me and my pretentious self. I tricked myself into believing that I can draw, or make art by illustration but that mistake brought me to a better art I am enjoying right now. The art of writing, that is. It has been a year since I got paid for being a factory of words the world wants and does not want to hear.

Why did I choose this life? What is it about writing that I love most?
In words, I will try to give you five reasons why.

Writing allows me to be the many people I want to be.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a nurse then a teacher, I wanted to be an architect and a journalist. I wanted to be a drag racer, I wanted to be a lot of things before I finally decided that I am going to be a writer. And when I became one, I became all the things I wanted to be. That’s the best and worst thing about being a writer, you can be everything. Minsan nga, nalilito na ko, sino ba talaga ako? Kasi there are times when I write like a mother pursuading people that my magic will make your fried fish the better fried fish your family will love. There were times when I needed to be a memorial plan agent who makes people think that preparing for your death is the best thing you can ever do while you live. Minsan, sa umaga, beautician ako na papapaniwalain kang kikinis ka with my spa milk salt scrub tapos pag dating ng tanghali, isa naman akong nutritionist na magdidiscuss sayo about the benefits you get from eating black rice. But at the end of the day, when you ask yourself who you really are, masasabi mong isa kang writer na nagkukulay sa mundo gamit hindi man pintura at brush kundi ang mga salitang isinusulat mo.

 

I have learned the value of words and how it can change lives.
When you become a writer, you learn the value of words better. You learn to keep your promises better. Kasi sa tuwing susulat ka, alam mong maraming makakabasa nito, alam mong pwedeng makasira o makabuo ang mga salita mo. Your words can change lives, it can save a person who thinks he is alone. It can encourage people losing hope. Words are powerful. Kaya ka nga naging writer, kasi naniniwala kang may powers ang mga salitang ginagamit mo. Kaya hindi ka rin nag oover promise para iwas expectations, ayaw mo naman na “Sabi mo ganito pero parang di naman” yung maririnig mo mula sa ibang tao. Downside is, hindi lahat ng tao, maiintindihang you value words so much and when you hear them like, say a promise? You hold on to that. Kaya pag di nila tinupad, daig mo pa ang pinagsakluban ng langit at lupa.

Writing made me realize that in order to reach your dreams, you have to work hard.
Pag naging writer ka, mararanasan mong umiyak ng dugo sa 32 hours straight shift dahil may pitch ka at hindi mo mahuli kung anong gusto ng creative director mo. Stress sya bes. Sinasabi ko sayo. Umagahan mo revisions, tanghalian mo ay more revisions, at dinner? Revised Script Version 132 ka na, wala parin. Kung nagmumulto lang ang mga kaluluwa ng mga ideas mo na binaril, aba happy halloween ka everyday! Dahil writer ka, you learn not to give up in one or two or three tries. You learn to keep pushing, keep writing. You learn to try and try and try again. And believe me when I say, yang terror senior mo, pinahihirapan ka lang nyan kasi naniniwala syang may ibubuga ka pa, naniniwala syang hindi ka lang basta ganyan at nagtitiwala sya sa mga ideas mo kaya wag kang OA. Napagalitan lang, resign agad? Pano na pangarap mo nyan?

Writing made me grow.
Sa pagiging manunulat, hindi pwede ang balat sibuyas. Hindi pwedeng simpleng pagwawala ng senior mo, magreresign ka kasi very “unprofessional” and “unethical” yung mga trip nya. Wag ganon! Grow-up. Dahil sa industriyang to, madalas kang papagalitan, madalas ka marereject, and those shit will make you grow. You will grow not just to be a writer but to be THE WRITER. The writer who wows the world with her creativity and excellence in using words (pak! Ganern. Feel na feel ni beks!)

You have an excuse to drink more coffee!
This is the last of my 5 reasons why because sabi nila, hindi daw healthy ang caffeine but who cares? Writer ka and your words are made from caffeine! Pag walang kape, walang gawa! Pag writer ka, may excuse ka na para uminom ng x-number of coffee hanggang mangisay ka nalang sa nerbyos mo sa kape at kliyente.

These are just me and my thoughts. It’s up to you kung papaano mo iaabsorb ang magic ng mga salita ko. 

 

 

 

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