the boy with the broken stomach

I was overwhelmed by several birthday greetings but there's this one friend who got me. "Happy Birthday! More Candles to blow." Hilarious!
A birthday is one of those special occasions I cherish. It marks a new chapter in one's life and it might sound a cliché but it's true that you're a year older and a year wiser. It's that one day in a year that represents who you are, a personal mark of your existence. It's the day you are born and got your own taste of the world after several months inside your mother's womb. Finally you are free!

Ever year I've been receiving the similar greetings on my social media accounts but one standout this year. It made me smile, actually it made me laugh. Instead of more birthdays to come my friend told me, "more candles to blow." This might sound funny but if you look it on another perspective it makes sense. It's a symbolism of one's burning desire to strive for more and a powerful blow of courage to face all endeavors, wishing for the best. Because life  is a piece of cake that offers your opportunity should not afford to miss, like Red Ribbon Dedication Cakes, with "rich chocolate cake with fudgy chocolate icing and filling and topped with colorful sugar confetti", for only Php 299 a dozen mouth can enjoy.

More than two decades, 23 years of life journey to be exact. I have grown from a little kid who wanted to be a scientist into a young programmer striving to influence people and trying things that I hope help others. But through the years of endless pursuit am I doing the right thing? Actually I don't know but for sure I'll figure it out along the way. Everything in this world is open ended. We make our own decisions whether we did a good one or we fail, it's our life and we are in charge of it.

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