As the end of the school year looms and all those poor Year 12 kids are being bombarded with talk about the importance of their final school results, let’s all take a chill pill - and let the kids do so also.
How many adults in your life know how you fared in your final school year? How many of your friends and relatives achieved past exam results of which you either know or care?
Who really knows or cares about school exam results once they are over – done and dusted?
Life is not so cut and dried that everything can be put in boxes, labelled and ensured of outcomes.
Life is for living.
Life is for enjoying and making the most of friendships, family life, happy pursuits and empathy with one’s fellow man. Of course it’s not all ‘beer and skittles’ but, even the tough parts are part of life’s education.
Life is for seeing nature at its best; for each person making their small part of the world a better place. It is not dependent on a numerical score at the end of Year 12 schooling.
It is not a competition. (Year 12 may seem like a comp but life shouldn’t be one!)
It is not a race to the top – of any endeavour – whether to do with money, ….or…….popularity, or ‘cleverness’ … whatever.
Life is to be yourself – and to be comfortable and content in being so.
Robert Ingpen (that's one of his drawings at the top), the amazing artist and illustrator has these wise words:
“You are born with two brains. The main brain is the one that your parents insist upon you using for the rest of your life so you can get a life; the other one is the one you use yourself when you want to go off into the forest and do your dreaming.”
I couldn’t agree more.
I think what I’m trying to say is that there is so much more to living than worrying about Year 12 results - and that a big part of finding contentment and genuine success in whatever you do, is to sometimes to ‘do your dreaming’ and leave stress behind.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss
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