Last night, While I was at a gig , I was just sitting in a table with some friends, and we were talking about life and love and work, and what we wanted to do with our lives. And then I realized, I like doing this.I loved having conversations.
This set is inspired by my desire to ask life-changing questions, whoever you are, whatever your context is.
To answer the questions that I have in my head, I’ve tried to summarize some of the meaningful snippets of conversations I had with people recently.
* Please note that these are not word-per-word.
We all have our passion projects, but in the end of the day, you can’t be an escapist and just runaway from real life problems. — Karen Dela Fuente ( over beer, talking about our careers )
You don’t have to change the world yet. Start with yourself first, then move outward. — Angel de Guzman ( In the car going home, while I was talking to her about my old job )
In the end of the day, all I want is my kids to grow up to be good people. I want them to become better than me. ( To his children ) I want you to make this world a little better. – Rodel de Guzman ( Just a normal dinner conversation )
In the end of the day, this is life. You can’t define it, you can’t collect it, many have tried to decipher it. All you can do is pursue it, panindigan mo buhay mo. — Unknown ( forgot who )
” Kaya sa mga kasong ito, hindi masamang magkaroon ng intense na feelings. Siguro kung hindi intense ang feelings ko, di ko man lang sinubukan magturo sa public school. Kung hindi intense feelings ko, wala akong pake sa kung ano mangyari sa bansa. Siguro, kung hindi intense feelings ko, hindi rin ako magiging tunay na masaya.” — Michelle De Guzman ( via Facebook Status )
” I can tell you that yes, you can do it, or yes, kaya mo yan, pero ikaw lang makakaprove nun to yourself. Nothing is set in stone.” –Ram de Guzman ( On growing up and Self Doubt )
” You have to be inspired. And hindi lang yon, you have to be inspired by your own work.” — Celine de Guzman ( We were talking about life and photography )
“I wish you could see your own beauty. ” — Kayla Go ( 18 cupcakes on my 18th Birthday ) ( Context: This was the first time I ever saw her cry! )
” It’s always harder for the one left behind.” — Ms. Lorna Milan, last day of our english class in 4th year.
” You are not your sadness. Sadness is a state of mind. Hindi ikaw yan. Hindi ka ganyan forever. ” – Michelle de Guzman
” ‘Pag alam niyo, na may nagmamahal sa inyo, hindi mawawala yon. At isa ako sa nagmamahal don. ” Sir Bigs ( Last day of our Filipino class in 4th year. He was talking about how he loves taking care of his Kamatis plants, and in the end, he told us that the kamatis plants were a metaphor for his students. )