I’ve learned that the worst fears are not what other people can do to you. What’s harder is when you are alone and answer the tough questions of every day life: What do you stand for? What do you believe in? How far will you go to stand up for what you believe?

— Filipino journalist Maria A Ressa speaking before FEU graduating class 2012.

Idol! When I grow up, I want to be like her! 😉

More choice quotes from the speech:

“Meaning is not something you stumble across nor what someone gives you. You build it through every choice you make, through the commitments you choose, the people you love, and the values you live by.”

“How do you build meaning into your life? … You build meaning by choosing what you commit to: whether it’s a cause, a religion, an ethical order, the people you love, the nation you are creating.”