Sucking Out All the Marrow of Life

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” – Thoreau

I stumbled upon a Ted Talk earlier given by this adventurer who’s a year younger than me. He talks about the pursuit of life and describes it as an alternative, at the same time an intersection of our usual pursuits, such as career, success and happiness. It gave me a subtle nudge to evaluate the recent life choices I made, especially that I’m turning another year older next month.


Back when I was 21, just fresh out of college, I started this online magazine – – that became a portal for stories of Filipinos 25 years old and below who excel in their own fields, and can inspire people to act on their passions. We even got interviewed on TV and radio! Looking back, I guess even at that age, I don’t want passion to escape me. I was afraid that since I was working in a bank, I would be swallowed by the “system” so I should do something different. I want to collect stories as much as I can because through them, our readers (hitting 4,000 in a day at its peak) and our team would be challenged to move and just do what we love.

Several years after, I launched another online magazine – Dare.PH – which served the same purpose as ManilaKid, only that it is more mature now. I would always say that we publish chismis that inspires. Cause like gossip, I want the good news to spread like wildfire. Having those stories dared me to get the most out of life.

I guess that fear of dying inside came from my experience with my dad. He passed away because of depression. All the money and technology in the world cannot save you if you lose the will to live. I guess his death serves as a reminder that for those of us who choose life, we should make each of those 24 hours in a day count.

We work usually 8 hours in a day, travel for 2, eat for another 2. You sleep probably for 7 to 8 hours, so that means you still have another 4 or 5 hours to do something productive. Can’t see the value in that? Multiply that into months or years, and it will change the way you spend time.

Lately, I have been able to get into the flow of writing. I’m learning how to play the flute and might even go back to painting. I need to climb more mountains, watch more sunsets, visit more islands, spend more time with quality people and just keep on sucking out all the marrow in the 24 hours that we are given in a day. As I turn 28 in a few days, I only wish that I would have the same curiosity and desire for life in the years to come.


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