Pope Francis encourages us to achieve our lifelong goals. He says, “Do not be afraid to dream great things!”
And dream big was what Generito Yosores did. The 64-year-old tricycle driver graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Major in English yesterday, April 2, at the Western Mindanao State University-Molave External Studies Unit in Zamboanga del Sur.
Tatay Generito worked as a tricycle driver in the morning and would go to school at night in order to finish his studies. According to those who know him, it has been the 64-year-old’s lifelong dream to finish his studies and earn a college degree.
“Naging estudyante ko si Tatay for two semesters. We had a talk and sinabi niya sakin (sic) na kaya siya matagal nakapagpatuloy sa pag-aaral dahil palipat-lipat siya ng paaralan noon dulot ng hirap,” said Alfred Canete in a comment on a Facebook post. More encouraging comments from his former teachers and classmates flooded the post. Netizens also wrote that they were inspired by the old man’s resourcefulness and hard work.
The Facebook post about Tatay Generito has garnered more than 19,000 shares, 2,400 comments, and 46,000 reactions as of writing.
“Sana po ay ang mga kabataan dyan ay tularan si tatay,” the post shares, “hindi sukatan ang edad upang tayo’y hindi makapagtapos.”
Tatay Generito graduated along with 1,397 students. His story is among the many others that have inspired people to reach for their dreams despite their age: Ibarra Mariano, an 87-year-old retired Police Colonel who never tire of trying to achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer, took the bar exams for the second time last year; and Zosimo Bolaños who pursued a law degree upon his retirement and graduated at the age of 70.