What better way to kickstart my level 26 journey than by getting injured in the mountains of Benguet?
It happened on the second morning of a last minute trip to Baguio. Generally, it was an easy trail. But for a first timer that barely slept and didn’t warm-up, I ended up with a sprained foot and leg cramps a few meters away from the top.
Embarrassing as it was to ride a horse on the way back, the organizers didn’t want to risk it. Funny thing was, half-way through the alternate route, I fell off AND slipped before reaching the main road. I spent the rest of the trip with ice to ease the pain and wrapped in bandage.
It was Thursday and I had a work commitment – a live event that I organized that was happening at 6pm. My plan was to be at the office around 3-4pm so I had ample time to set up. We left Baguio after lunch and nobody expected how bad the traffic was. I updated my manager from time to time but it was futile, given I have no control over the circumstances.
Even with my newfound motivation and sincerest apologies, everything went downhill from there.
Yet that didn’t stop me to take another trip to Bicol, 3 months after. The one which led to my resignation.
All the while, there was this guy I was infatuated with. It started as a harmless crush. But you know the drill: you spend a lot of time, you get to know them better, you develop feelings.
Okayyy friends, at some point I even thought I was in love.
But no matter how much kilig I felt and how good our chemistry is, there was never a straight up confession. The pressure was taking a toll on our friendship. I was getting tired of what-ifs. Ultimately on my mind I friend-zoned him and told myself, “until he says something, it means nothing”.
Ang saya noh? You might think ang malas ko naman with this series of unfortunate events.
Yes, I felt a lot of negative emotions but that’s what happens when I decided to go out of my comfort zone (#LiveBoldly)!
Getting injured? The beautiful scenery, good company and the high from feeling accomplished made it worthwhile. Falling off the horse happened so fast that I did not feel any pain, just relieved that I landed on solid ground (not rolling down the cliff) and that the horse didn’t kick me.
Traveling was on top of my mind when I resigned, which I accomplished with a solo trip to Baguio in July. God sent more opportunities along my way even though money was short. I was able to visit Baguio (again) in August, Puerto Princesa Palawan in November, Batangas in December, and Cebu and Davao in February ’17. Heck, even before Level 26, I made a trip to Tanay, Rizal and Corregidor Island in Bataan. All of which you should know more about in future posts hehehe :>
I gained friends, lost some along the way and strengthened my connection with existing ones.
Best of all, love found me.
Nothing happened as planned and it entailed challenging times but I wouldn’t change a thing. God is in control and what I need to do is just trust Him.
And I happily spent the last few hours drafting this with a Cookies n Cream frappe on hand, with the (virtual) company of friends, and while looking forward to a staycation!
Thank you and God bless everyone who were part of this journey! Cheers to more adventures!<3