July 18, 2024

Surrounded by friends, family, and a thousand who sweetly greeted, I celebrated a milestone in my life last June 7.
It was not a hundred percent happy occasion, as some family members were currently facing difficult situations but grin and bear and be happy was the key to a successful celebration with close buddies and family. The question now is what next?
It was former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, my fellow representative during the 10th Congress who once told me “you can never argue with destiny.”
I fully agreed, impressed by her words of wisdom, her life experiences, and her long-time partnership with former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, Sr.
More often than not, I have adopted the phrase as my present answer to the persistent questions friends ask “ano’ng plano? It would have been good to answer “bahala na” but I guess the better version would be “I can never argue with destiny.”
With the Supreme Being up there, everything will turn out for the better. “Kung para sa iyo, darating din ‘yan sa buhay mo and when it does, you can never fight fate.”
My destiny has been written in the stars and sooner not later, a strong force will meet the inevitable immovable object and well, my fate will arrive.
From childhood, I knew what I wanted, knew the path and the track to follow. Up to this point, I feel I have been on the right track though with a few kinks and disappointments in neither becoming a priest or a mayor.
Hopefully I can cap my professional career with what destiny brings – although I have a little idea where I will be, satisfied that it is a well kept secret hidden in the deep recesses of my mind and heart.
Believe it or not, I have been in a lucky streak all of my professional life – all that I have planned, wanted, dreamt of, plus the direction towards the future have been good so far. Lawyer, media practitioner, professor, congressman, dean, councilor, so what’s next, fate?
Back to Congress or the council as its presiding officer or regular member? Pwede rin join the government, although last year it could have happened had it not been me. Being a square peg in a round hole in the post I was given. Pwede din hospital administrator or legal counsel (of which I am now) of Parkway Medical Center o pag Sabado, tatanggap ng labada or none at all, back to practice or retire.
The stars will determine the path of life. Like Fernando, there must be a feng shui or the yin and the yang for everything and everyone. There too is the Law of Karma, “Do unto others what you want them to do unto you”, or the Bible says, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
There is no question then that destiny will decide who I will be. No matter how much anyone wants it, if it is not meant to be, it will not happen. The confluence of events will ultimately confluence of events will ultimately bring me to be the chosen one in the endeavor I wish I would be. I can only propose, but it is destiny that will dispose.
Life has never been a bed of roses for me and I have always worked hard for everything I had and got. Then again, the lessons of fate are sublime. One must have to work hard for what the Supreme Being has in store for you. And work hard I will. Really can’t fight fate.
Sigh.