Nira Macaspac

#2 Things to do

I came home at 1am this morning after a 3-day vacation with my family, this includes attending a short political march for Vice President Leni Robredo who currently runs for President in my country, Philippines.  I went to bed and woke up at 5am. Shortly after doing my morning routine, I went to my desk, took large sips of black coffee, and stared at the colorful pad where I write my “Things to do”.  After a few minutes of staring, I figured I needed to add a few things to my list and wonder when will I get everything done.   I took more sips while I try to decide which one to do first.
When the caffeine finally kicked in, I decided to start with the most challenging thing on the list for me- writing.
I am a girl with big dreams and to make my life simpler, I break down my dreams into smaller tasks.  For example, I dream of raising responsible and happy children. I think about how I can be a better parent for my boy with autism and my teenage girl who just started her face-to-face classes last week.  I listed down what I need to do in the moment to support their growth, like sending my boy to his therapist and my girl to her robotics class.
I just think that as long as we’re dreaming, we’re living, and we’ll never run out of things to do.  Perhaps the people who get really bored and unhappy are those who don’t have something to look forward to.  Those who whine about how their lives suck and look for something or someone to blame for their misery.   Those who don’t dream and do nothing but to find fault in someone who’s already working for what they want.
If you’re this person, I think, maybe, you need to start dreaming too- maybe you want to get fit,  be financially free, build a business, have good relationships, have better leaders in your country, learn, and be really really good at something- like in my case, writing. 
So if you want something to look forward to, all you have to do is think of something you want and make it happen.  From as simple as a clean closet to as big becoming a better parent for your children- they all start with a dream broken down into smaller pieces like those I see in my colorful pad.  If you have a dream, be grateful even if you know you’ll never run out of things to do.

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