Wisdom

16-03-2019 01:03

From my very early years, I always thought of 50 as the halfway mark with being a century old as the goal. Here I am, a year later, pondering on what reaching that milestone meant.

There’s a saying in Filipino that works best when said in the vernacular: wala kang pinagkatandaan! Roughly translated, it means that one learned nothing from growing older. I agree that life gives lessons but it means nothing, at the end of the day, unless it results in the soundness of one’s action or decision – wisdom. At 51, it’s time to open that spigot and share some of the juice I’ve squeezed out of life.

The B.F. years (before fifty) were lived in fear of rejection, failure and disappointment. The pressure to maintain an image of a happy and successful life weighed heavily as this was, for me, a reflection of my parents and how I was raised. Today, I am ready to dish out prescriptions for the imperfections in life that I have been given.

A recent song by AJR entitles 100 Bad Days captures my sentiments completely and it goes like this:

Remember when we all got drunk?
I ended up with two broke thumbs
Oh my God, I felt so dumb, lucky me
I wrote a song that no one knows
I played a show and no one showed
Oh my God, I felt so alone, lucky me
When all is going wrong and you’re scared as hell
What you gonna do? Who you gonna tell?
Maybe a hundred bad days made a hundred good stories
A hundred good stories make me interesting at parties
A hundred bad days made a hundred good stories
A hundred good stories make me interesting at parties
Yeah, no, I ain’t scared of you
No, I ain’t scared of you no more
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I ain’t scared no more.

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