THE JOURNEY: MY OWN PERSONAL TIMELINE

January 20, 2018

1970 - I, Vernon Anthony Cruz Tapalla, am BORN in MANILA
1976 - I go on my first trip abroad ever AROUND THE WORLD
1977 - I start first grade
1981 - While listening constantly to the song "Endless Love", I realise I am in LOVE with another boy
1982 - I begin high school and my sister and I are classmates
1986 - I begin college, but drop out after a semester
1987 - I resume college at a crap Makati school (no one ever took classes seriously and almost always, no one showed up)
1988 - My family flies to LONDON to take my sister to her school in the British Isles so she can join a program in Hotel & Restaurant Management
1989 - I transfer to College of Notre Dame in SAN FRANCISCO where I study for the next three years and earn my business degree
1992 - I come home to Manila to begin my master's program at the Asian Institute of Management where I drop out again after only two weeks
1993 - I party hard for the next several years
1995 - While at a dinner, I meet my future wife
1996 - I am bored and disillusioned with my life so, without telling my parents, I pack my bags and run off to NEW YORK CITY where I work awhile at a midtown office
1997 - I come home, get married, and later have a son
1998 - We separate and I open the doors to my consulting firm
2000 - I have three offices and am raking in money
2006 - I move into my own home and lose an important loved one
2011 - I meet Mark and he becomes my first and only boyfriend
2017- I am down to one full-time office, I am a few pounds lighter, I am (still) in love, and I am HAPPIER and BUSIER than I've ever been

At 47, my life has taken me everywhere and I've done almost everything. In between all the highs and lows, was much love, happiness, laughter, and adventures. What I've learned is that life happens fast and before you know it, it's OVER. All I can do now is to continue to make the best possible choices so I can look forward to something like this:

2037 - I retire in a small village in FRANCE and teach English to the locals while writing articles, manuscripts, and my memoirs about how I've lived a truly amazing life.  😃😃😃 👍👍👍 

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