t Half the World Away: Happiness and Everything Synonymous

Tuesday, July 17

Happiness and Everything Synonymous

In retrospect, I could still remember the defining career interview of my life. I can still recall what I was asked, what I answered and what I felt at the time.

It was my first “successful” interview. It was for an upcoming BPO company in Eastwood City and God knows how I perspired snow flakes during the whole process. I have no idea what a call center does nor do I honestly know anything about outsourcing. Everything was alien to me and all I knew was that I needed to speak fluent English. Unfortunately, I didn't have the articulate tongue. All I had was the eyes of determination.

Somehow I qualified. For my final interview, I was led to a cubicle with a foreigner to interrogate me. Thinking real hard, I still can recall her looks; overweight, blond and extremely star spangled Americana.

*Susie May: “Tell me a scenario or a situation wherein your were actually needed to learn or acquire certain knowledge in a short period of time. What did you do to cope up with it and how did things turn out for you?”

Tristan: “When I was in grade school, all of my classmates were bullying me for I was the only one who doesn't play good basketball. I was pretty much lame. The thing is, I don't like to be bullied and I know I can beat them. What I did was I trained during summer. Alone, I went out on the court with my ball and practiced and practiced all day until I got better. First year of high school came and to everyone's surprise, I was now a better player, I was able to compete with the rest. Although I wasn't as good as my classmates, I began to gain respect and eventually I became the starting point guard during sportsfests. That's all ma'am.”

*Susie May: “You know what, I have a son just like you. All day out in the field shootin' ball. I admire your will, that's good. Well, that's the end of it. Is there anything you would like to ask me?”

Tristan: “Am I hired?”

*Susie May gave a smile and nodded. I was.

She shook my hand and certainly she was shaking the hand of the happiest person in the world. It was happiness and everything synonymous. For the first time in my life I felt real success. For the first time in my life I felt affirmation. A nod, a simple nod from a stranger who's taking a risk of employing someone with only a basketball story to tell. Forever would be changed after that interview.

There would be a handful of similar scenarios after that, some ending up in failure while many turned out to be alright. As always I was still sweating ice, but nonetheless the fiery determination was always there.

I applied for a copywriter position early this year. What the company was looking for was someone who has studied journalism and courses of such and someone who has done extensive writing. I wasn't that someone. All I had to show is an article about movies. Although it was an outstanding piece, my tech support background didn't quite fit the requirements. Nevertheless, a risk was again taken. Triumphant, it was happiness and everything synonymous.

Recently, I got hired again. Same company, different position and another leap of faith. It would be this time when I remembered Susie May. God bless her soul.

My constant leaps has gotten me somewhere far from where I could have imagined. Luckily, this feet of mine happened to have a good landing. Although life may not always be about achievement, it sure is about grabbing them. People may not always give you the upper hand, but heck, your grip is all that matters.

Let me be sentimental and tell this part. In all ways I could be looked at, I want people to think me as the kid who refused to be feeble. I'm in constant movement, forward to the pursuit of happiness and everything synonymous.

*Susie May is a name I made up. Actual name is similar but I already forgot.

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Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

Yeah. my feet is my only carriage.

July 18, 2007 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous salee said...

i know i wasnt always around to see you soar up be.i wish i could find a way to flaunt my title "The PROUDEST girlfriend in the whole wide world":)

July 18, 2007 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

don't worry. you were always there with me. safely tucked within my heart.

July 18, 2007 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous riz said...

Er, ehem, pasingit naman sa moment nyo LOL. Not to ruin the moment, just want to say congrats, TJ. Having witnessed two of those interviews (akalain mo nga), i have to say.. you deserve it. ;) Goodluck with SEO. I just know you're the type of person who's got the potential to turn things around. :)

July 18, 2007 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

Awwww.... :P

July 18, 2007 at 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
At such a full sea we are now afloat,
We must take the current as it serves
Or loose the ventures before us."

July 19, 2007 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

Yeah. and my sail is set.

July 19, 2007 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger katrina said...

and all the while i thought you were someone who settles for mediocrity, swims through life in oblivion and trivial pursuits.
i was wrong.
so fuck it, congratulations you lucky dog you :)


July 19, 2007 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

Yeah. when you've been in the dark for too long, all you'll want is to follow the sun. I'm just chasing mine.

July 19, 2007 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger MeLrAsTa said...

a l0t of pe0ple see u as s0me0ne shallow and über laid-back..

but only a few sees you for who u really are...a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered..

and to th0se wh0 were able to discover that treasure..arent we oh so lucky?!

cheers! br0..and g00dluck 0n ur next endeav0r, im sure that great things await u!

b0tt0ms up!

July 24, 2007 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

Yeah. but hey, I am shallow and I am laid back... I want it that way and fuck what other people say..

"The PROUDEST girlfriend in the whole wide world":)

is all that matters.

July 26, 2007 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous salee said...

i love you!!

July 27, 2007 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...

very nice.. sexy timez..

July 27, 2007 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous salee said...

yea right!!!plead some more!!lol

July 27, 2007 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Tj Cafuir said...


July 27, 2007 at 8:02 PM  

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