Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you still remember this?


I’m just in a nostalgic mood today, maybe brought about by the rains outside (this is a late post, last Friday pa ‘to dapat).  I remember that during rainy days when school was called off, I would immediately bring out my books – Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and my most fave, Choose Your Own Adventure.  It’s my most favorite because it was an easy, short read.  I get a kick reading and re-reading the plot, choosing a different option every time.

Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children’s gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome. 
Source: Wikipedia

And today, I can’t help but think about this book and some what-ifs.  Like what if I chose a different direction at a particular point in my life, what would have been the outcome? Will I be a different person because of it? Will I be enjoying the same things now or would I be more problematic facing a different set of challenges?  

I know that I should not dwell on the past and regret the decisions I’ve made, but can I, just for a moment reminisce and take a different path from what I’ve chosen before? I’ve listed independent crossroads below,   I just want to let my imagination run wild and see where it will take me…

Crossroad: Take up Law after college rather than work
Outcome: I’d be a lawyer in 2004, probably still working in the same law firm who took me in while I was still reviewing (I’m loyal like that).  Probably married to another lawyer who I’ve met in law school.  Maybe with 1 kid living in a condo.

Crossroad: Study MBA in the US in 2002
Outcome: I’d probably be working in the US right now at a publishing company or in a magazine. Anywhere as long as it involves writing/ proofreading.  Maybe just got married to a foreigner banker, no kid yet but with a dog living in an apartment in the city.

Crossroad: Got back with an old flame
Outcome: Married to him with 2 going on 3 kids, living not in the Philippines. WAHM while he works a computer-related job.  I’d probably be blogging and earning from it sharing my life as an expat hahaha…or we’d probably be living here because he’s already playing pro basketball (if he got serious to his sports)

Crossroad: Did not come back to 5J
Outcome: With own business – could be online or food or serious with events coordination. Still blogging but maybe focused on the wedding industry.  In terms of personal life, probably same as my life now.

Crossroad: Stayed single
Outcome: Traveling, traveling, traveling hahaha

Every time I type a crossroad, scenes are played out in my mind and I smile. It’s actually fun doing this…and yes, a bit sad as well.  It’s fun because you get to think of another way your life may have panned out.  It’s sad because I know that in some of the crossroads above are missed opportunities I could no longer get back.

Oh well, that’s life.  Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not that I’m not happy with how things turned out for me now.  In some ways I know it could be better. But I also know that I’m blessed.

Your thoughts?

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12 thoughts on “Choose Your Own Adventure

  1. Wow! I love the article! I like how you introduced it from the choose your own adventure books to your real life adventure. Hehe, ok, enough with the article construction.

    I used to read that book too when I was in grade school. =)

    Sometimes I do that too, that reminiscing part. What if I took Psychology instead of Chem Engg? Maybe I’m a masters degree holder by now and ready to be a Psychologist. What if I didn’t confess my feelings to a guy friend, maybe we’re still friends up to now, LOL! Silly me. And a lot more of that stuff.

    Oh, I just trust God for my detours and destinations. He doesn’t commit mistakes. And if ever I commit some, I believe He can turn it around for my own good. Basta I’ll just try to bloom where I’m planted.

    • Fun lang noh, nothing to get serious about. I like your last sentence above – you try to bloom where you’re planted. Agree ako jan! Thanks sis! Wala ba tayo get-together naman?

  2. Si sis Roxi yung assigned for the organizing this March, baka busy pa sya siguro… =)

    • Okay, let’s catch up soon

  3. I do the same with my wandering mind sometimes. Nakaka aliw lang pero minsan ayoko din ng regrets na katabi ng thoughts ko. hehe

    This is so nice kasi you actually get to imagine what could have been but still feel happy where you are now.

    • Hi Camille, true it’s hard to live a life with regrets. Activities like this are just for fun lang dapat 🙂

  4. And your post is very timely. I get to reminisce my life of the what if’s especially during my birthday month. But nevertheless, I never regretted the choices I made because not only it made me a better person but it makes me happy as well.

    • Oh, happy birthday! 🙂

      Agree with you on that one.

  5. Yes, I remember that! I think we have two books na ganyan ang theme when I was a tweener. My family loves reading. 🙂

    • Sis Denise, let’s post about our reading list next time…would love to have a reading club din. Pa-share ng list mo 🙂

  6. I love Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. =) Sometimes, I have thoughts like this. What if I didn’t take up Chemistry in college and decided to be something else. Like to study Child Development, and to own a Pre-school. But I agree with Nova, whether we do the things we like or not, let’s try to grow na lang either way.

    • Sarap lang mag-reminisce. Hope we’ll have more books like Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Kakatuwa kasi.

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