Little Bird

When we were on the plane home to Manila from Puerto Princesa, I was browsing through a magazine tucked inside the seat pocket in front of me when I came across an article regarding two friends who quit their day jobs to travel around Asia.

How I wish I could do that!

So anyway, I read that they allotted a budget of Php100k for the trip—they spent six months traveling and exploring India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, so on and so forth. My bitterness got the best of me and I thought, well they’ve never been to Korea or London! (How would I know, they never mentioned it!)

But really, who am I kidding?

These girls, they have the guts to fulfill their dreams. It’s beyond DREAM actually. It’s their PASSION.

And I wish I was as brave.

I guess I’m the type of bird who you can never put inside a cage. I’ll just slowly wither and die. I know it’s a bit too grave of a description but it’s just the way it is.

But I need my day job. Despite wanting to be out there, I also want stability in my life, my future. And how will I do that if I leave everything behind? Sacrifice all I have and live my dream. It would be reckless of me to do just that. And besides, no one would go with me! Who would, in his/her right mind, quit his/her day job to run off with me? Even my boyfriend wouldn’t do that, even if we share the same lust for travel and exploration. If truth be told, I wouldn’t survive alone in a strange land. First, I’m such a picky eater. Second, I have no sense of direction. Third, I’m sickly. And the list goes on and on.

Thinking about it though, I’m still lucky, being able to travel despite my busy schedule. For now, I have to make do with one foreign country a year or a couple of out-of-town destinations. I guess the bird in me who’s dying to flying could tolerate a few more time being caged.

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