Note: This reflection happen during my #PalawanJourney
There were lots of chattering happening around… in French, Español, English and German…
I wrote this as I wait for my Avocado shake in Nacpan Beach, El Nido. My heart pumping wildly not only because I’m moving to the next beach but moreso because I just finished a big cup of brewed coffee.
I took the first sip and lick my lips of the remaining avocado shake around it. What a great way to spend the day! I sip another from my glass.
We are a generation of people addicted to the “box.” We have a saying “think outside the box” which I always believe to mean “live outside the box,” the comfort zone.
We are a generation of people addicted to the “box.”
If I continued thinking inside the box I won’t be here in Palawan drinking avocado by the beach. I render maybe I’m in Los Baños, Laguna waiting for my 2:15pm gym class. Working on my lesson plan in front of my old Acer laptop.
That is what I was doing exactly 6 years ago. I was a Physical Education teacher for highschool students. This was 3 years after I took my first “job” as an Admin Assistant in one of the churches in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Five years before this, fresh from highschool, I just enrolled in the seminary wanting to serve God in the church, in a way I know. I was a devout Christian, a son of a pastor, wanting to keep the legacy alive.
I sip another avocado shake, the glass starting to perspire.
Why am I telling this? Because I was living my life inside the box from pre-school to seminary to the office jobs I had. If you even call that “living.” You see when I was a kid, I was excited to go to school- the “box” was my classroom. Where every single one of us were taught 1 + 1 = 2. Imagine that box. Everyone learns exactly the same thing? What a factory? And this would continue until college, this time the numbers are bigger and the formula more complex. But the “box” is still the same with well with some improvements- air-conditioning system, LCD projector and the projects are now called thesis.
Two sips from the shake. Now the shake is more smoother as the ice have melted.
A BOXED Life…
Once I heard a condominium ad on the radio. It was the mother who tells her husband to buy a condo unit in Manila for their kids future because according to her- their kids would go to college soon and they would be needing it. And it would be a good “investment” because the kids can use it even after graduation because they will find a job in the city.
Again the “box” presents itself in a form if a 55sqm. condo unit.
And then we apply for job, where we are given our own “box” overlooking the city, I mean our own room. You are lucky if you have your own room but most were just given a corner called “cubicle.” With our own desktop, a whiteboard where we put “things to do” and usually attached the month’s calendar and lotsa reminders of meeting and schedules.
And on weekends (for some everyday after coming out of the office) we go inside bigger boxes called malls with smaller boxes inside that says “Folded n Hung,” “Guess,” “Pizza Hut,” “Starbucks,” “Nike,” or “McDo.” Here we buy “boxed” goodies.
I finished the last sip of my avocado shake and asked,”
Where does this box addiction originated? How did this started?
Are we aware of this cycle? Do we have the power to change this? Or are we and the generation after us forever slaves of these boxes? Can we do something about it? Are we comfortable enough with our boxed life and continue what we have been doing since the beginning because we are already used to it?
There is something here- the Earth in which we live in is not shaped like a box or square. Thanks to Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano for circumnavigating the world and proving the Copernican theory true that the world is not flat. Look at the globe, look at the earth we live in. There must be a reason why it is not square.
Get outside the box…
Get outside the box- the classroom, the condo, the cubicle, the mall, the church, or whatever that limits you from seeing the other side.
When you begin to live outside the box, that’s where you realize that there is a huge and amazing world out there. That’s when you start following your heart without limitation, without fear, without hesitation. And when you start following your heart that when you see magic all around.
PS. You know where people are placed when they die?
Of course, in a wooden box.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild