The least a writer could do is to find the right words that could best capture a fleeting thought in his head, preserve an important memory or freeze a moment in time. I did not know what I was thinking when I made a highschool classmate this yearbook caption:
“…with a Nokia 5110 in her hand, she takes long strides across the school corridor…”
How she would react to that caption today is already beyond me. If I had been more sensitive to how fast gadgets become obsolete, I would have scrapped entirely the “Nokia 5110” from her yearbook entry. I should have written:
“this girl is among the very few persons in our batch to start a revolution, the phenomenon with humble beginnings called texting. That’s why she walked long strides in our school corridor because she knew that the future is already in her hands, especially the one holding a red Nokia 5110.”
But everyone made mistakes in highschool, I consoled myself. You were too afraid to fall in love with your bestfriend. You bought a Spice Girls album. You copied Dawson’s Creek’s Katie Holmes’ semi-hate-the-world-half-closed-eyelids stare. And I fashioned out a caption from a Nokia 5110.
So one lazy afternoon, in one of my favorite coffeeshops, I enumerated 10 things I want to accomplish in the next 10 years or so of my life. I started with places, books, movies and activities. Soon enough, the small tissue could not contain anymore the random entries. I momentarily forgot as well the memory of my classmate and her cellphone.
The list ranged from the easy buys to the ultimate adventures, the incredulous to the impossible and the mundane to the divine.
But I have to remind myself that this is more of a suntok-sa-buwan (wishful thinking) and not in any way a blueprint for my future. This long list would someday become like the caption I made for my classmate. The youthful ambitiousness it may have could easily be put to oblivion in just a couple of years. But I could live with that, along with the thousands of what-I-was-thinking-when-I-wrote-that moments in my life.
As to how I will do all these, I do not have a definite answer for now. Here goes my 10 things:
Ten people i want to have dinner with one day
1. Philip Yancey
2. Stephen Hawking
3. Conrado de Quiros
4. the man in this picture
5. Cheche Lazaro
6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. Dick Winters
8. Ashley Judd
9. Gary Valenciano
Ten thrills in the Philippines that i must experience
1. windmills of Banguey
2. old houses in Vigan
3. reefs of Tubbataha
4. snorkeling with the whalesharks in Donsol
5. Mt. Apo
6. a ‘lively’ session in the Senate
7. a boat ride in the Liguasan marsh
8. Batanes’ view of the South China Sea
9. spelunking in Siquijor
10. landtrip from Butuan to Manila.
Ten places outside the country that I would visit someday
2. Grand Canyon in Arizona
3. stand in the middle of Shibuya crossing
4. Beijing in time for the 2008 Olympics – not possible anymore
5. Google Headquarters
7. any Guggenheim museum
8. on top of this building
9. Sierra Leone
10.the exact opposite of Ushuaia.
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