After so many sunrises and sunsets across the world, I feel richer than I've ever imagined.

November 18th, 2014, 6am

I don’t really know what I’m doing right, but ever since I made the decision to stop going with the flow in my life because it was taking me somewhere I didn’t want to go, and instead orient myself towards the kind of life I really want and have seen is possible, it has been a non-stop amazing ride in that direction. I’m extremely fortunate to even have had the freedom to make that choice in the first place and I never forget that. I’m very much in the middle and still figuring out how to secure my future better, but I never imagined being this happy and content. And I genuinely feel that it has only just begun.

I wish I could say exactly how I’ve ended up here but all I’ve really done is to be unreasonably true to myself, which is neither heroic nor special if you talk about “deserving” it. But endless long days and nights working your ass off for something you don’t care about (for less money than you could be making elsewhere) is neither heroic nor laudable either.

Maybe what I want to say is, if you’re lucky, don’t feel guilty for taking advantage of your luck to make a better life for yourself. It is far better to make the best of it than to hold yourself back because you feel like you don’t deserve what you have.

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Aaron Palabyab

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