I am 37 years old. Yes, I know I am getting older. The white hair strands are multiplying on their own. The lines on my face get deeper and darker. And the fat cells are HUNGRY for more. And lately, I have seen how much I will be getting out of my comfort zones.
I have been back in school for the past two years (since 1997 – minus one year taking my MA in Theology in LST and one semester taking Law in Ateneo law School), and this semester is a challenge. Weekly quizzes, 2 books, 23 encyclicals, regular recitation, group projects, individual projects, memorization. I did go through all this in College (and even Law School), but it is a stretch now to get my brain back in shape. Added that finding time to study is a challenge as well. I try in the office, but work gets in the way (ha ha). I try when the kids are asleep, but next thing I know I am snoring away. I try at home, but how can you say no to your daughter who approaches you and says: “Can you play with me because I am playing alone.”
No excuses though. I love the challenge. More lines on my face, more white hair and more satisfied fat cells from all the chocolate I have to eat to stay awake. Oh, and I am learning. 😉
The clincher now, though, is my youngest daughter has developed an interest in BASKETBALL! If you know me, that is one thing I did NOT inherit from my Olympic Basketball Team Head Player grandfather, Lolo Ambrosio Padilla. She asked us to buy a ring. And so we did. And now our boy has started to play too (maybe he got the gene?). Suffice to say, I am practicing my basketball with them. That will be the day when I have to join their school league. Oh Lolo Paddy’s basketball spirit, please inspire me.
I am sharing all this not to promote myself (because I suck at basketball, and I am not the top student in school – even if I project that I am), but to tell you that it is never too late.
Never too late to work those brain cells and work them hard.
Never too late to learn a sport.
Never too late to give back to community.
Never too late to do something you thought you’d never do… especially for your children.
And as the kids grow up, I am sure I’ll be learning more things, I will be challenged to move away from more comfort zones (what if they love fish, ube and coconut??!) and I will love every minute of experiencing these things with them.