In case you ever caught yourself asking: Paano Ba ‘To?
In the journey of #adulting, there are just some times when you can’t help but sit and wonder, “Paano ba ‘to?'—whether that means a task at work, a crossroad in your relationship or some family drama that your parents decide you can be privy to. The point is, there is no shame in asking.
We all need a little help once in a while; even those that seem to have it put together get a little confused once in a while. And it’s for this very reason that Globe Postpaid held an intimate gathering on August 16, hosted by Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, aptly titled “PAANO BA TO LIVE.”
As a woman who dabbles in many things—acting, hosting, fitness, the arts and culinary—many look at Solenn Heusaff-Bolzico as someone that has it all. She has, after all, excelled quite well in the public landscape. But as she shares, there’s a certain level of consciousness that goes in on her decisions.
“As human beings, [we] need to be doing something all the time,” she shares her thoughts. “And I think we all want two things: certainty and variety.” But as she continues, Solenn explains that reaching that balance isn’t the easiest thing to manage. When you strive for certainty, you stare the very real possibility of boredom straight in the face. Then again, variety might offer a sense of panic because you’ll have your hands in too many baskets.
The solution? Know yourself and be self-aware.
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Family history has a shadow that’s hard to come out of; no one knows this in a way that Saab Magalona-Bacarro does. Coming from a family of musicians—being the daughter of the late Francis M—has its benefits and drawbacks. But even when she was just starting out, Saab knew she wanted to make a name for herself and herself alone.
That thing became blogging, which was natural to her. She says: “You don’t fight it if it’s really innate [to you].” You have to listen to what’s trying to be heard inside of you; it’s the only way you can get your message across. It isn’t just the need to rebel; it’s a need to be you, no matter what other people’s expectations dictate.
But what happens when you have finally decided to follow a career path and something else comes along? What happens when you’ve accepted your journey and another opportunity comes your way? According to Atom Araullo, the key is to not lose focus—but still understand that there’s room to learn other things.
“I’m a big fan of generalizing more than specializing,” he says. “One of the things we are taught is that specialization is the key to success…But, in my experience, it was the opposite.” Atom knows that it was his privilege to learn different disciplines when he was growing up, but it’s a practice he’s yet to let go off—and it’s served him well enough.
“Once you strive for a career and go on that path, if you want to be good at what you do, specialization [then] comes in,” he explains further. “But I don’t spend too much time agonizing [over lost time]…The important thing is you don’t lose focus.”
Problems—everyone has them. The great thing about this universal commonality is that it gives us all an opportunity to learn from each other. And while a solution for one doesn’t mean a solution for all, you can rest easy knowing that someone else is going through something similar too.
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