Sunday, April 11, 2010

On Life’s Chapters and Moving On

Tula para sa mga magsisipagtapos*

tumingala ka, iskolar ng bayan
yakapin ang langit na bumabalot sa iyo
sa lawak ng abot ng iyong tanaw
angkinin ang mundong naghihintay sa iyo

sa iyong paglisan sa pamantasang hirang
sana lagi mong pakatatandaan
ikaw na nakatuntong sa bayan
siya nawa ang iyong paglingkuran

tanawin ang pangarap mo para sa kanya
sa landasin ikaw ang maghawan
upang ang susunod na henerasyon dangal ang abutan
ikaw, iskolar para sa bayan, ang kanilang tularan

* a poem made by Prof. Wensley Reyes, released via Facebook

It is pretty hard to control one’s self regarding discretion on some things especially if it concerns success. Much as I want not to talk about the commencement exercises this month, I would definitely be a sordid killjoy if I keep my mouth shut about it.

For one, this is definitely a success, having suffered from the events and circumstances that I had no complete control and winning over them. This is where I have genuinely experienced the truthfulness of the line ‘quitters never win’. Where can I possibly find myself now if I have completely backed out in those many moments of trying times? I cannot imagine at all.

But then, all these festive celebrations must not be the end in themselves. People call this the end of a life’s chapter. I don’t know, but it does not appeal to me, that term. Perhaps it is because I have already plastered in my mind the continuity of things in my existence. Indeed a triumph calls for celebration, but one has to look forward immediately, to connect the present to the future. For me, it serves to prepare the individual and take him away from the illusion that all is peace here. Academic life is one gigantic mountain to scale. And if one has ever finished it, it could all feel heaven. But beyond the zenith lay the more complex and unpredictable life. Must one then refuse to acknowledge this for a while just to savor the joy of the present?

No, we must all constantly move forward. Especially us, UP students, for we are tasked to do things far more than the other. We are tasked, if not ‘destined’, to serve for the country, for its glory, for its development, for its progress. I hope that by this time, all the UP students have been ironed enough with this thought. We cannot, for any moment, let this thing slip past us. This is who are. This was, this is, and this shall be, our mandate. The moment we entered the university, this is endowed to us all. It matters not if you have finished this academic phase with or without honors. In some instances, perhaps, it may be, but certainly, one’s life in the university can only be judged by the products it shall create after graduation. University education is a big deal, but it’s not everything.

As of now, I can only extend my warmest message of congratulation to the country’s premier university graduates. May we all be champions over our dreams and weaknesses and contribute collectively to the betterment of the Philippines. We have already been given so much reminders and encouragements. We must not disregard or waste them.

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