When we were 15 or 16 it was hard to imagine we could feel any worse than when preparing for exams, sitting them, then living through a long Summer to the eventual big day of exam results.
Then off we would traipse to the school with our shiny anticipation, convincing ourselves en route that talking to our mates for two years during Applied Physics and not applying ourselves to the subject (at all), would somehow produce an ‘A’ grade by the time we arrived at the school gates and its dreaded results board.
Not for us the leisure of getting our results on state-of-the art laptops, drinking hot Ribena in our PJs waiting for the exams results to wing themselves to our screens on the airwaves of our hopes. No, we clawed to the front of the results queue elbowing sweaty and nervous teachers out of our way to have our fate confirmed. That’s if some git didn’t get their results beforehand then saw fit to blurt out everyone else’s.
And remember the effort it took to look pleased for those who had done better than us in a prized subject (and the massive effort not to gloat when the bully in 3a got exactly what they deserved)?
So, yes, while it was hard to imagine anything worse than our historic exam woes, it turns out it is actually nth times worse watching our own children jump through the same knowledge regurgitation hoops.
Which brings me to what I know for sure.
I know for sure there is always a Plan B, and since Plan B will mostly involve cussing and throwing out Plan A, we must necessarily stare very hard at a Plan C.
Plan C may not have been the A’s, B’s or C’s hoped for in Plan A, but it may take us in a direction that opens up opportunities we may not have come across on the Plan A route.
Kids, I know it is hard to imagine you can feel any higher or lower than you feel during this exhausting exam season, but life has many exciting things to show you no matter what grade you came out with in Maths, English or Biology.
It is not about embracing failure and eschewing success, it is about embracing the fact there is always a Plan C in life. A Plan C you are more than capable of passing with flying colours.
That is what I know for sure.
A #Post40Bloggers writing prompt: ‘In a world full of uncertainty, write about what you know for sure.’