Hello you lovely bunch!
Some of you may have had exam results this week or known someone who has. If you got the desired results, great! Well done!
But I want to talk to those who didn’t get what they were hoping for. Those of you who maybe feel like you’ve been sucker punched in the stomach.
Have you ever seen the film ‘Chicago’? There’s a scene in that where a woman named Roxie is about to go on trial for murder. Up until that point she had been confident, even cocky that she wouldn’t be hanged as they had never hung a woman yet. However, things change when suddenly they hang a woman. She isn’t cocky now, she’s scared. She admits this to her lawyer, Billy Flynn. Billy turns around and says ‘Don’t be. I’ve been around a long time and believe me you’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s all a circus. A three ring circus. These trials, the whole world…it’s all a show business.’
Now I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t be worried about committing murder as you’ll get away with it, but I am saying don’t worry so much about your exam results, or anything that doesn’t go quite as planned. There is quite a bit of truth in what Billy Flynn says. Exams, the 5 day work week, it’s all man made. It has no inherent meaning. At the beginning of time, cave men got by without worrying about GCSE’s or A-levels.
There are so many options open to us these days. We don’t all have to fit down the academic path. It’s not for everybody. True, a basic grasp of maths and English would stand you in good stead, but not knowing how to do 3-d trigonometry or quadratic equations will not mean you will never earn good money or go travelling or have the family you always dreamed of.
Put your own meaning on what you do, don’t be force fed the meaning of others. I remember when I was doing my A-levels, I saw on the news a girl jumped off a bridge to her death to avoid her exams. I wish I could have spoken to her and said ‘Look, there is a whole world out there beyond exams and education. Exam time is just a single stroke of the paint brush in the picture of your life. See the bigger picture! Know there is life outside, above and beyond what you’re going through right now!’
Don’t let your friends, family, government, society or boss tell you the meaning of something. If it’s important to you pursue it. If it’s not, then don’t. Some of my loved ones don’t have a single qualification to their name, but they have lived long and happy lives. I did the whole education thing and I used to work alongside a girl who didn’t even bother sitting her exams. We did the same job for the same pay and she was actually better at it than me.
Think outside the box. The meaning of your life is whatever you choose it to be. It doesn’t matter what it is. Just live it to the best of your ability.
Till next time