Today, I got my complimentary copies of last Saturday's CDN issue. I browsed through the pages and I was (still am) very touched that CDN made a beautiful layout of my pictures.
It was the first day of March when I got an FB message from N of CDN (in part): "Can you lengthen your [Coron] story just a bit coz we want to publish it." She also said she got so in-love with my Coron picture.
I was quite surprised and happy but unsure at the same time. I called my Mom about CDN's invitation and told her about my self-doubt. "I can't write." I told her. She
With enough people who believed in me, I wrote my story about this magical island that is Coron. I did not lengthen my original Coron blog entry, instead I made an entirely new one.
My friends think it's quite funny that I doubt my writing skills. When I told them CDN asked me to write, they said in unison: "It's about time!" Somehow, many of them expected I'd take the writing and newscasting route. I feel grateful that everyone who knows me (since shatong days) do not doubt that I could actually write.
Still, I am quite aware that writing isn't really one of my strengths. I know I can write but I also know that I am no Jessica Zafra.
Back in highschool and college, I was writing for my school papers. In high school, I was close to becoming editor-in-chief, but I won president of the student council (we were not allowed to hold two high positions in school, so I chose the presidency). Maybe, my experience being in the school papers was to somehow prepare me for the present moment.
I believe that recognition comes only when you keep on doing what you love doing without thought of reward or fame. I have been traveling and taking pictures out of sheer love for travel and photography. And then someone noticed.
I am grateful.