Choices

Lagaw ni Joy

“Do you have any regrets coming here to Việt Nam?”

I don’t know why but I get this question a lot. From friends in the Philippines, my family, and the people I’ve met here in Đà Nẵng. I was out with some friends enjoying milk tea last night when someone asked me this question again. And one more time, I searched myself.

“No.” Was my response last night and for all the other instances before that.

Others probably think that my previous job is more ideal than the one I have right now. But they couldn’t be more wrong. The thing is, life is more than the number written on your paycheck. So much more than the amount you have in your bank account. And way more than what other people think.

I’ve been through hell and high water coming here. I cried tears I wouldn’t have cried if I hadn’t left my comfort bubble in the Philippines. But you know what? I would’ve missed on a lot if I hadn’t taken that leap of faith. I wouldn’t have met all these amazing people who inspire and encourage me every single day if I hadn’t burst that bubble and taken a plunge into living and not just existing.

A lot of not-so-good stuff happened but I wouldn’t change any of them if it means I get to win battles and live to tell the tale. Exciting things are happening. I definitely wouldn’t miss them for the world.

“Why did you choose Đà Nẵng?”

“I don’t know. I honestly didn’t choose this place. But it feels like I’m right where I should be.”

“Maybe because Đà Nẵng chose you instead.”

^_^

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