Note: This is originally an Instagram post, and I just want to share it on the blog.
A year ago, I was in pain and in debt.
I lost my father with liver cancer and I hit rock bottom financially.
It was a time when I saw a social media post of an online friend who happens to be a financial advisor. She recruits and sells insurance, and pledges to be an advocate of “financial intelligence.” She had this generic photo of a girl on a beach with a caption that says something like, “You still managed to go to the beach, and you’re in debt?” with a LOL at the end.
I don’t know if she was just making a point, or mocking a friend. Or pointing about her “advocacy.” The thing is I wanted to be believe her.
But my gut feeling was telling me to do what I want to do.
Armed with my budgeting and backpacking skills, I embarked on occasional trips to the beach. Until now, I am still at awe at how I was able to pull it off, but I did.
The beach cleared my mind, calmed my soul. It was not just a big help in coping up with the loss. I was able to ponder on my thoughts, brought back my belief in me.
I continued writing.
My blog opened up some writing gigs and opportunities to earn extra income.
The beach, its inspiration, helped me pay off my debts little by little.
I’m getting better each day. And if ever you’ll experience what I’ve gone through, I have one advice to you – don’t believe them.
You need to detach and relax from time to time. If you feel you need to go to the beach, go.
Just do what you want to do.
Don’t listen to them.