Monitoring and Assessing Reforms in Rural Poverty Reduction. Advocacy for the Human Development Report. Issues in Measuring and Modelling Poverty. Functional Literacy and Mass Media Survey.
As I read the labels on the file folders on the shelf in front of me, I cannot help but let out mini oohs and aahs every time I encounter a term I recognize from my Business Economics and Public Administration days in UP Diliman. It’s been seven years since I last encountered these terms and coming across them now feels like running into a bunch of old friends.
I look around the office and I can’t help but think: in an alternate universe, this could’ve been my life. Had I chosen to pursue a line of work in my field, I would probably be employed in an office very similar to this, doing research on topics very similar to the ones written on the labels.
Instead, I am a writer. Oh, life is indeed full of unexpected twists and turns!
Although this peek at what could have been inevitably makes me think of missed opportunities to make a difference, I do not regret taking a different path.
I take another look at this alternate reality and confirm what I have always thought. That I am happy with what is.
*scribbled on a notepad at 5:18 PM on 042912