“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
- John Wooden
I never imagined myself to be in the limelight even though a manghuhula told me a few years ago that I have "stars" on the palm of my hand. He said I was destined to become famous and have great responsibility. My reaction then was just to giggle. I said, "Who? Me?" And I feared that it might come true.
That's why I hyperventilated (figuratively) for two months when I got my job. I cried when I arrived at the San Francisco Airport. And I was simply speechless for almost 3 months which made my boss think that I wasn't the person who went through the interviews. I was simply overwhelmed. My parents just taught me how to do good in my work and not how to handle "being known".
I still don't consider myself as "known". I still fear it because I do not want to change. I just want to be the girl-next-door, "the daughter of", the bungisngis, the nerd, Miguel's Mom, the Sweetie etc. and at the end of the day I just want to complete my mission.