Written by: Mae Anne Manipud
A dream is just a dream in your head unless you make a way to make it happen. For Aisaiah and I, chasing after a dream was never easy.
Coming from a not so wealthy family, going to school and finish our school was already a privilege. We both wanted to become somebody someday and we won’t settle for “Wala eh. Mahirap ang buhay, di namin kaya makapagtapos”.
Instead, we pursued and even motivated ourselvesto finish our education. My father had to go through carrying the tourist’s heavy bags, staying and walking long day under the sun and worked hard just provide for my tuition fee.
Likewise, Ais’ journey was a Challenge. He even tried selling siomai and lugaw by the street, even had to borrow a polo for his training just to get by.
We struggled, but we never gave up. We became cabin crew, and it was the best job in the world, until one day, COVID 19 happened.
As everybody knows, the tourism industry was one of the most affected. Most airlines had to lay off so many cabin crew and even for us, we barely fly.
We didn’t stop there though. We looked for alternatives. We had to ask , What we can do to survive?
We decided to be entrepreneurs. We sell Chili Garlic Oil, 2 types of Chinese cuisine, and I even opened my own online clothing business, Mae&Co.
What this pandemic taught us is, there is no constant thing in this world. You may have your job today but anything can happen. You have to be ready, you have to have Faith and never ever give up.
When life throws you lemon, make a lemonade. Whatever challenge life is going to throw on you, make that an opportunity and make something great out of it.
If we can, you can too!