Has anyone here seen the movie “Dan in real life”? Actually, I’m not here to talk about the movie, but there was one line that struck me and up to now, it never ceases to put a smile on my face. It was when Dan said that “Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised” Plan to be surprised. How many times have we planned for something and the outcome was not something that we expected. It could be much more or less, but nonetheless, we were surprised…


I remember a few years back, our former vocalist invited me to her wedding in Bohol. On the day of the event, as guest where starting to arrive, I decided to take a stroll outside the church. As I was walking, minding my own business of course, I noticed the bride’s brother with a worried look on his face. As I approach him, I ask him if there was a problem and if I could be of any help. He then told me that the chauffeur did not show up that he needed someone to drive the bridal car. At the back of my mind, I keep thinking, I should have been careful on what I wished for. But, Being the Good Samaritan as I am, I said ok, why not. And who would have thought that I’ll be in that situation.


Going back to our graduation and as we received our diploma, we wondered what our life will be and never knowing the opportunities that awaits us. Career wise, I have my own share of surprises and blessings. Never in my wildest dream did I plan to experience my first winter in Japan, shouting my heart out and being a kid again in King’s Island and Disneyland, feeling like you’re on top of the world in Eiffel Tower, cruising along the infamous Champs-Élysées, revisiting the days when Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Lincoln Memorial, being in Chicago Stadium where Michael Jordan won 6 NBA championships, and being here, at this very moment, delivering my first basic toast master speech. Everything is still surreal to me.


With regards to the matters of the heart…., these are the ones that brings in a lot of surprises. Since this is just a 5 mins speech, I think I’ll reserve it for my next speeches.


Some of us here might be wondering that, if I don’t plan and leave everything to surprise, what will happen to my career or life. Yeah, what will happen to us... In answer to that, there are situations that we have complete control and these are the things that we need to plan. As for the other situations, i guess we know now the answer to that “surprise”.


So, tonight as we head back to our offices and to our homes, always remember what Dan said, “Plan to be surprise”. Who knows, you’ll bump into an old flame, drive an Audi R8, rub elbows with our CEO in Lexington, be the next Pinoy got talent winner or better yet win the Divisional toastmaster contest? Always remember that Life, in time, would always turn out the way we plan it to be, but before we get there, expect a lot of surprises, whether good or bad,  and that each surprises are the things that makes our journey here more colorful and worth living for.