Us millenials live life everyday in a blur. Always in a rush, always wanting to do so much more. We are always on the go, always moving here and there.
We aim the highest of dreams, working our assess everyday to reach that dream. Cannot be faltered, with eyes set on that goal.
Amidst our everyday hustle, we often forget the more important things, like family. We are oftentimes so occupied that we forget our parents are also growing older. By the time we can stand by our own two feet, our fathers have been working for so many years. Maybe it’s time we step up and help them?
In my life, there are so many “step up” moments. Being a leader in school, at the YFC community, at my career. I have just suddenly realized that my step up moment in my family has not come yet.
My dad has been working since he was at college, maybe about 30 years already. He finally finished college after 10 years since he has been working in between to help himself with school fees. He has always been a man of perseverance.
After getting married with Mom, he never let her work another day again. He wanted to provide for his family by his own hardwork, and just wanted mom to stay at home and look after us.
My dad worked out of the country for 20 years. Imagine the sadness my parents both felt everytime they had to leave each other for God knows how long.
I am the eldest among 5 children, I was blessed with parents that did not require me to give a fraction of my monthly pay to them. So, looking back, I feel like a selfish brat that wasted my money on shopping and spending it on stuff I do not need. I live in a condo that my parents bought for the fam, but mostly I am the only one there.
Present day, my dad has stopped going abroad for about a year now. Source of income was the family business that doesn’t really earn that much. My siblings and I have noticed a big difference with the family’s lifestyle. With the food we eat, keeping an eye even more on electronics (TV and fans that has to be turned off when not in use, etc). My siblings would always tell me that I have more food in my fridge at the condo than our fridge at home.
Now this got me thinking, should I step up and work somewhere with a higher pay so that I could provide for my parents and my siblings?
With my line of work, I could say that I am getting the highest pay on my position here in the PH. But if I work abroad, I could get higher pay, maybe even double.
Problem is, I am very family oriented. I always make sure I see my family even once a week. Just thinking about going away makes me homesick.
Filipinos are the most hospitable people as most (local and foreign) people would say. If we are in the land of the most hospitable people, why are we paid less? Why do foreign employer value Filipino talent more? Why do Filipinos have to suffer all the time, just to have higher pay?