Advice to the younger generation
One of the perks of getting older is the wisdom we acquire over the years. As we conquer life's many trials, we all become veterans, ready to face any challenge head on. Just like playing a video game, eventually you get good at it, and you just keep leveling up. In life, and in video games, the ones who have the most experience points are the ones who have played the game longer.
As we grow wiser over the years, we naturally pass on our experiences to younger people, be it a family recipe, funny personal stories, or our very own secrets to true happiness. Golden pieces of advice coming from those who have already realized what things matter most in life, meant to steer the younger generation through the noisiness of youth. Who best to take guidance from than from those who hold the key to wisdom.
We asked some members of the older generation to share their advice, tricks of the trade, and cheat codes to life, with players who are new to the game.
Cathy Tillah, Early Senior
Wife, Mother and Church servant
Whatever you do, put God first for He is the beginning and the end of our existence. Pursue your dreams and aim for true happiness in every relationship you have by bringing out the best in every person. Make the most out of today for it is a gift, that is why it is the present; yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. God bless you in your journey!
Ellen Gamboa, 69
Listen and respect the older generations.
Carlos Tan Garces, 60
You will not live forever. Make sure that you value each day that you are alive. Be in a hurry to do good. Leave the world a better place than you found it. Look for purpose, not happiness. Take a risk at falling in love - you'll make a lot of mistakes but if you're lucky, you'll find your forever love, and that will be worth all your limited stay here on earth.
Celeste Balili, 65
Retired, Former Garments business owner
It is good to make a goal early on. Decide what it is you want to do and what you want to become, in say 5 or 10 years. Wake up each day working towards that direction. Caution, don’t be consumed entirely by your goal. Remember that life is a "balancing act". Your top priority is family, then friends. Be steadfast in work, but enjoy too the people whom you love and care for. Pray a lot, we know that God is the Great Giver. All your achievements will be a gift from the Almighty. Then look back after several years, smile and celebrate and be grateful because you would be the success you envisioned yourself to be.
Teresa David, 63
Retired writer/PR practitioner
In this life we can always choose our choices but we can't choose the consequences of our choices. Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result make a different choice.
William Yu, 64
Sales Manager, importer of Denim Fabrics from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China
My message to the younger generation is that you may think you have plenty of time which you do, but you'll realize that time goes by so fast, so put yourself first, shape your life and future while you are still young and learn something new everyday. LEARN from your mistakes, don't be scared of failures. Above all LOVE & RESPECT to others and of course to the family. STAY SAFE, GOOD LUCK!!
Simeon Damian Jr., 75
When we were young we had many dreams in life. Some wanted to become teachers, doctors or nurses, engineers, pilots, and so on. But nobody ever wanted to become a "nobody".
As we grow older some of these aspirations are diverted due to circumstances beyond our control, and some are pursued to their fulfillment. Still those who have to change their courses in life can find satisfaction in their own achievements. Whatever the results, there is one guiding principle that led to their accomplishment, - PURPOSE. There must be a very strong reason why you want to achieve your goal to fulfill your dream. And you have to back up that purpose with a grim determination to realize your dream.
When things get tough just recall the purpose of your pursuit, why are you doing this, who are you doing it for - that should give you enough reason to keep going and not give up.
Whatever the goal and purpose, your determination must be anchored in your belief that on your own you're nothing and cannot do anything, so keep the faith, for with HIM, everything is possible.
Connie Nartates, 63
Housewife/ Art lover
My advice to the younger generation is to learn from the older generation. Go ahead pursue your dreams and aspirations but always look back on how your parents raised you.