Ten years ago, Khalil was in school and had just had his appendix removed. He didn’t know where he was going; he hadn’t made the choice to dive into showbiz. Gabby was just graduating high school, looking at her peers and knowing that their career choices (math and science degrees were the norm) weren’t ones she could make for herself.
If you told them 10 years ago that they would star in a film that would be at the fingertips of an international audience, they never would have believed it. So who is to say what will happen—to Gabby and Khalil, to Philippine cinema, to society in general—in the next decade?
“It’s crazy how much things change,” says Gabby. “You lose certain people, you gain new friends. It’s a different perspective coming into the 2020s.” And this is exactly how the rest of us should be thinking.
It’s time to give ourselves a clean slate, a new perspective on what can and should be done, on what should be left behind. But let this be the last clean slate, the last out, the last chance; we can’t keep giving ourselves that option to start over. Think about it: We get such few chances at a real, genuine Hard Reset.