Milk

Dearest Friend,

I cried over a milk commercial recently. To  be fair, it was at the end of an excruciating day, I couldn’t go to sleep yet because I still had to fold my laundry, and I was just very very exhausted and overwhelmed from weeks of back-to-back overtime.

But crying over a milk commercial – it’s a remarkable low in my fairly long list of lows, the only comparable one being that case from 2010 during which I burst into tears in public after watching this YouTube video about a kiwi bird.

This milk commercial I cried over, it’s an spoken word poem by Juan Miguel Severo for Bear Brand Adult Plus. I could explain it to you, but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to translate the damn video:

Dreams Don’t Come With a Warning

When we were younger, we were always asked,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This is how dreams are born
By answering, by choosing a destination
By declaring to the world that this,
This is the future that I will achieve

We are not careful when we choose
Then, we had no clue that whatever we would choose
Would never be as easy
As easy to fulfill
As easy to own up to

The dreams that we chose in our childhood
Don’t come with a warning

No one ever said
That though you might stand the heat
You will not be guaranteed relief

No one ever said
That the time you would give up would be a gamble
That love is not the only thing that can break your heart

The dreams that we chose in our childhood
Don’t come with a warning

You were never told that sometimes
You would have to turn your nights into days
And your days into nights just to reach your ambitions

You were never told that part of dreaming
Was working even though the world had gone to slumber
That there will be people who will not understand your struggle
That there will be those who will belittle and humiliate you

But continue to dream

Though the garden of the life you wish to build
May be a wild jungle

Continue to sow time, effort,
Endurance and strength,
Goodwill

Gamble in what lies ahead
Stand up for life

The dreams that we chose in our childhood
Don’t come with a warning

But they hold a promise
Rise, work hard, fulfill your dreams

And no matter how many times the world may make you feel
That everything will be difficult for you

Continue to dream

Damn milk commercial.

A.

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