Over the holidays, I visited a childhood friend. We had a little chat and did some catching up.
The last 10 minutes of our conversation revolved around that one idea he popped up. He currently is a jeepney driver in Quezon City. He talked how he admired me for what I have achieved and wished that he is also “in the office doing honorable job”. The Filipino version of what he said is actually more striking, he said, “Sana mas marangal ang trabaho ko.”
I asked him how much is he earning in a day. He said a good day would have him bring home around P600. I’m amazed, because as I told him, a regular office employee earns only P300-350 per day, answers to a nagging boss and has to be in the office at 8 am and leave only after 5 pm. That unlike him, they don’t own their time and certainly don’t own the business.
Lots of Filipinos leave for abroad because they thought life abroad is better. Maybe. Or maybe not. Some think lowly of a farmer and thinks that an office secretary is a better job.
I just think it’s all about perspective. A change in perspective creates a big difference in the way we live our lives and further, how people create impact in our country.