May had lunch here yesterday and how did our conversation lead to ikigai? Like conversations with old friends inevitably lead to what are we doing with our lives. I told May she’s getting to her ikigai while I’m still pushing the circles to connect.
I wish the circles didn’t dangle like a wrecked participle. I wish they intersected and held themselves in balance.
It made me think of the ikigai of Abot Tala and our wish for a convergence of finding space and members. Maybe the space hasn’t come to us because we need to find more supporters and participants. We were aiming for space in Taguig, Makati or Pasig but we’ve looked further afield in Quezon City and Paranaque because we wanted to be open to more possibilities. We’d like to be in BGC but every time I look at spaces there with astronomical rent, it felt like we didn’t have the right to exist in the area. But didn’t we dream of pitching the idea to the bigwigs of BGC? Maybe we need to put that into action. If they are true to what they say, there’s space for this in the “home of passionate minds.”
On the other hand, maybe we HAVE found the space we want but in my mind, it’s not as big as I had hoped for and it’s not located in the premiere part of the city that I preferred. However, it’s a good starting point where proof of concept can be nurtured and honed. It’s a humble beginning that could grow and in time, we could move to a more prime spot that we deserve every right to occupy.
Throughout these months of searching for people who support what Abot Tala stands for, there are basically three types: 1) those who are simply not interested, 2) those who profess interest and say they want to help but don’t follow through with their initial enthusiasm, and 3) those who buy into the concept, put their words into action and contribute concretely. We need to keep meeting more of those from the third group, and refrain from being sad about those from number two. The convergence among people in group three will eventually happen; it’s just a matter of time.
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