For a moment there I was in a quandary over the offer. When I say moment, it should be about three seconds. After that I was dead sure that while the offer is a great opportunity, I can't move back to Davao for these reasons:
- I've risked so much with moving to Manila early this year and I can't just throw that away. I'm sometimes overwhelmed with the sacrifices I made and continue to make. But I think this is the whole point of the risk. I've matured in countless ways and become more humble in the process. I know it's never going to be an easy ride for me within the next few months. I can't wait to see where this goes though and what a new me would emerge from this whole experience.
- I like my new job already. It's not the UN or the ADB but I'm fine with it. I've been here four months and it's pretty far from what I use to do in Davao. Working in publications had been an interest to me for quite some time though. I'm thus taking this chance to learn more about it and indeed I've been exposed to lay-outing and some associated stuff. I'm also lucky over the relative independence and flexibility that I get from my supervisor so I can't complain.
- I want to see how this career move would unfold. The downside of course with switching jobs is starting from being a somebody in my previous post in Davao to being a nobody in my current job. It's definitely humbling (and I understand now why some people simply sink into their comfort zones in their job). The challenge however is to eventually gain the confidence of my organization and hopefully I'd be given more demanding tasks in the near future.
My experience in Davao is amazingly divine. I've met the most dazzling people, the most fabulous and dear friends. I also learned about Mindanao and consequently fell in love with it. Of course, I proved a million things to my self about my self. I still continue to draw strength and determination from my Davao stint. Most of these I use in my current (mis)adventure. And boy, this is not my last stop yet.