In the challenging pace of life nowadays it’s hard for young people not to sulk over failures and struggles. Sadly, I am guilty of that as well. It’s not only me but everyone feels despair over rejections, losses, and disappointments. How can anyone not be?It’s a soul-crushing experience that makes people feel less substantial.
During these trying times, a thought resonated from two years ago. I and my family visited Policarpio St. during the Christmas day. The neighborhood held a tradition of brightening up the streets with colorful festive decorations. Christmas lights are often covering up the exteriors of the houses along with big ornaments. Cotton candies, balloons, and toys make up for a completely sweet experience for all children and even to wild adults like me. I used to drop by here during my college years and each visit was always memorable.
Yet, there is nothing as bright, as sweet, and as memorable as the perseverance of an amputated hunchbacked man selling sorbetes (Philippine ice cream). In his state especially with a missing left arm, it crosses everyone’s mind that how could he possibly keep a living in his state? He was undoubtedly unlucky as compared to many of us. For him, competing against the corporate industry seems like an impossibility.
But what makes him different is how he doesn’t sulk over his condition nor he seemed depressed about it. In fact, he was able to make things better for himself than other ice cream vendors. With his smarts, he provided himself with a steel apparatus to be more productive in selling ice cream. He was selling ice cream like hot cakes! He was a subtle genius!
Watching him do his work impressively taught me something valuable. Sometimes people can do exceptionally unique and great things despite permanently losing what’s irreplaceable. That many of us are still gifted individuals to be able to get into offices or even buy our own Starbucks. In my case, I’m lucky to have long legs to walk faster during travels or be able to see a better view with my height. The ice cream man’s legacy will hopefully inspire more people to learn that there’s hope on the other side of a broken bridge. People will just need to start rebuilding what’s lost.
The hardships of today, I’ve become confident, will soon enough be cleared with just a little more determination. Thanks to the ice cream man, I’ve learned I can still pursue a bright path and I hope so does everyone.
Also, check out the Bubble Man’s Reminder!