Manila Mayor Isko Moreno advised millennials to lower their expectations of what the real world is and to remain grateful for whatever is served in order to overcome depression, which is prevalent in this generation.
Moreno, who experienced collecting old newspapers and bottles as a child just to have an income, said that he is a proof that life’s struggles are a good reason to be depressed, or have suicidal tendencies.
“Failure is inevitable in life… Hinahanda ko lang ang inyong mga sarili na kung minsan sa buhay natin, napagtakluban na tayo ng mundo. Lahat na ng suliranin, pinatong na sa atin,” he said in his keynote speech at the Mapua University’s 10th commencement exercise.
“Hindi lahat kayo yayaman. Ilagay niyo na ‘yan sa utak niyo to lessen your frustrations,” he said. “But everybody will be given a chance to dig gold. It’s all up to you.”
The mayor pointed out that having a deep sense of gratitude is the key to staying positive and cheerful amid the frustrations. As for him, he was not discouraged even if he only had scraps from trash bins of restaurants as his meals for many years.
“Para hindi maging malungkot ang buhay ninyo, kung ano ang meron kayo sa harap ninyo ipagpasalamat ninyo sa Diyos, sa magulang ninyo at magpursige kayo and never ever, ever give up,” Moreno said.
“‘Pag ‘yun ang naging attitude ninyo towards facing society’s challenge, mas magaan ang buhay ninyo,” he told the graduates. “Wala kayo masyadong hinagpis.”
Another essential character one must possess is perseverance, according to him.
“Ipinababa ko na ang expectations ninyo: You are going to fail, but don’t ever think that you are a failure,” Moreno said.
“You must continue and you have to promise yourself, ‘I will not give up. I will pursue my dreams, my goals,'” he added.
“You have to persevere. Kailangan mo magpursigi.”
The street-child turned politician also made sure to remind the millennials to give value to themselves.
“You have to value yourself, remember that,” he said.