We were all once a kid who loved the stories of fairy tales and happy endings–where the goodness prevails and conquers the evil.
We were once frightened by the dark magic and wicked schemes of the Ravenna the Evil Witch, Mother Gothel, Maleficent, Jafar, Anastacia and Drizella the Stepsisters, Captain Hook, the King and Queen of Hearts, and Ursula.
They were characters in every book who we hated for bringing misfortune to our beloved princesses and princes. Their tales taught us to never take the footsteps of the likes of these antagonists for they are ‘bad’ examples.
Mang Willie, a 57 year-old man, works for Bulacan State University-Malolos Campus as a utility for 26 years already. In spite of still missing for his awaited promotion, Mang Willie kept his loyalty to the university. He owes the university for being able to provide a house for his family and a motorcycle to use at work.
For a simple man like Mang Willie, what is “success” and “perfection” for him?
“Sa tagal ko dito sa trabaho ko, tagumpay na para sa pamilya ko na nakakakuha ako ng bahay para sa kanila. Sa atin naman, wala namang taong perpekto. Lahat tayo nagkakamali at kahit palalimin mo yong salitang yan o kahit pa ibahin mo, wala namang patutunguhan o ipagbabago ‘yon. Nilikha tayo ng Panginoon na hindi perpekto. Diyos lang ang perpekto.”
Anthony, 42 years old, gave up his job overseas to continue his studies. Even though he had a profession which provided him an almost luxurious life, he went back to the Philippines to pursue what he thinks is still a missing piece to his whole being–a college degree, his college diploma.
For him, how does he describe “success” and “perfection?”
“Ang success para sa akin, hindi lang yong naabot mo lahat ng gusto mo. Tinitignan ko kasi to kung paano at saan ako nagsimula, kung paano ko siya sinimulan. Hindi ko kinalimutan yong mga tao’t bagay na tumulak sa akin pataas para maabot yong mga pangarap ko at patuloy din akong nagpapasalamat sa kanila.
Ang perfection kasi, ang sinasabi is ito yong the absence of imperfections. Pero sad to say sa mundo natin napakahirap maghanap sa mundo ng isang perpekto. Para sakin, we just try to look at the totality, yong ganda. Mas tignan yong magagandang bagay.”
Similar with Mang Willie, the 22 years old security guard–Roland was able to provide himself a motorcycle he could use at work. Compared with other professions, he said that being a security guard made things easier for him as its workload is light with a good paying job.
Let’s hear what Roland could say about “success” and “perfection.”
“Success? Para sa akin, yon yong pag may naipagmamalaki ka na, may naipundar ka nang masasabi mong iyo talaga. Wala namang perpekto. Kahit mabait ka, o anumang magandang katangian, hindi naman basta ka nalang masasabihan bilang perpekto nang dahil doon.”