I've been thinking lately about writing this one yet a lot of things have been clouding through my head on what to do first and what to do before first.
Well, I'm very fine if you ask me and so far, work keeps my finances and my learning busy. Though for the past thirteen years, there are things that I should have done before getting married eventually.
1. Travel: For some reason, I was so contented going from one mall to another during weekends and holidays since I started working. I've been a constant fixture on arcades and movie houses that it never dawned to me the essence of traveling around the country. It is only during our honeymoon in 2009 that I got to ride a plane and a ship going southbound. And from there, I join some groups on a one-day photo-expedition every once in a while. If only I started traveling the country in my 20's, I could have cover more ground and maybe started photography way early.
2. Continuous Learning: After passing the board exam in 2001, I was hoping to continue my education by taking-up a master's degree. However, it got derailed with a relationship gone sour back then that it took me a few years to pick-up Cisco. Though I got my certification (CCNA) in 2008, looking for a Cisco-related job was very challenging during those times as most companies prefer experience over youth. Now both my certification and my license are expired years back. I hope I could save more than enough to retake my CCNA and renew my ECE License in the next few years.
3. Agressive Job Hunting: When I started teaching at a school in Las Pinas, I got so complacent that I feel that I have a secured tenure> I stayed in the academe for close to 3 years without mapping my career path. I have wasted my opportunity for almost a year before landing to a new job. Then, I landed a call-center job that took me three and a half years before realizing that I wanted to venture the IT industry. I have been in this industry for close to 3 years now. What if I ventured into IT early in my career?
4. Saving-up: After getting my first paycheck, it started a habit which I made sure not to get hungry even if I dine at expensive restaurants all by myself. If only I did BYOB (bring your own baon), I may have saved a million pesos starting from the first day of work up to now. Thank God, here in the office, I don't have to spend a single centavo just to get myself something to eat. This would be a good start for me to save again and save more.
When you're young, you're bound to commit one mistake after another. I did that a couple of times before realizing how beautiful life is. Well, time for dinner. XD