It’s my birthday week this week and it made me ponder if at my pretty old age I have been “successful”. But while ruminating about this thought, I question “what is the actual measure of success?” Is it the accumulated amount of money that you have in your bank account, is it the number of people you meet and developed as friends and colleagues, is it the intensity of one’s joy and happiness, is it the level of spirituality of one’s soul or is it simply the degree of one’s contentment about life.
you’ll gonna see me rise
I have lost my youth more than 20 years ago yet I still struggle to answer this question. A lot of you I would assume would say that it is a mix of all these stuff that I mentioned. And I am pretty sure that I will grow old, be outdated and senile yet will never be able to answer this profound question. But this will not stop me from trying to reach my goals, dreams and aspirations so as to consider myself successful. No matter how old and late I am in my life, I will not stop for I know that I will rise.
No silly wish this year but let me have a beautiful birthday song instead. Created by Calum Scott entitled “Rise” is my Birthday Song this year.
What was your song last year? What melody, lyrics and tempo fused into one that moved you and can be considered your best representation last year? What was that tune in 2018 which you would consider your song?
I got two. One is a song that I personally did not chose until someone told me it’s me. My sister after we both have watched the concert of Calum Scott in Manila uttered that No Matter What was so me. “It fits you” she uttered without me asking her. Those 3 words she said got stuck and will seem to be forever embedded in my wits!
My 2018 second song is Para Sa Akin. Fittingly a Tagalog song, which implies a longing for someone, an aspiration and hoping to be lucky that someone will fall, a promise to be good in case someone falls and without tension and strain letting someone’s affectionate heart beats for me. I am middle aged, yet, finding someone special is still the ultimate thing that I have yet to receive from the heavens. Thus, Para Sa Akin (translation: For Me) simply befits me.
Calum Scott don’t know that I belong to the multitudes of British Got Talent viewers who was so moved when he sang his audition piece and celebrated along when he got the Golden Buzzer as bestowed by Simon Cowell.
Calum Scott don’t know that I definitely identify with his audition song “Dancing On My Own”! And if I am going to sing that song, I will be like him. I will definitely not change the pronouns in the lyrics.
Calum Scott don’t know that the first time I heard his song “You Are The Reason” was through my Spotify while I was travelling in Turkey. He of course doesn’t know that I am one of the responsible blokes why such a song has so many airplays in Spotify.
Calum Scott don’t know that we actually have a lot in common. We both love our family so much. Both of us are momma’s boy. Both of us are assiduous HR practitioners. And both of us are attracted to the XY chromosomes.
i was with my sister… waiting for calum as the theater starts to get full
Calum Scott don’t know that I am such a fan and did some unthinkable efforts so that I’d be able to see his first concert here in Manila. And I was super happy when he sang my personal favorite “What I Miss Most”. He was super adorable that night! My favorite part was when we at the audience were singing along with him.