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Exam Results

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Back in 2007, I posted this. The sentiment still stands, and applies to GCSE results in a few days time:

Are you ready for tomorrow? Good luck to one and all - remember no matter what you hear on the ews tomorrow about the exams getting easier, you should be proud of whatever you achieve.

Some of us don't have any. Remember that.

Oh, and when you are feeling down because you didn't get what you wanted, think of these [very, very] wise words from Baz Luhrman [Man knows what he is talking about]:


If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years youll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you cant grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked...Youre not as fat as you imagine.

Dont worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Dont be reckless with other peoples hearts, dont put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Dont waste your time on jealousy; sometimes youre ahead, sometimes youre behind...the race is long, and in the end its only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch

Dont feel guilty if you dont know what to do with your life...the most interesting people I know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still dont.

Get plenty of calcium

Be kind to your knees, youll miss them when theyre gone.

Maybe youll marry, maybe you wont, maybe youll have children, maybe you wont, maybe youll divorce at 40, maybe youll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary...what ever you do, dont congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either - your choices are half chance, so are everybody elses.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can...dont be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, its the greatest instrument youll ever own.

Dance...even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you dont follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

49 second break in speech -- Quindon singing

Get to know your parents, youll never know when theyll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, price will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do youll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Dont expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Dont mess too much with your hair, or by the time its 40, it will look 85.

Be careful who advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than its worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen...

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Despite that being thoughtful and true advice putting things in perspective, it doesn't make me any less nervous, even though I can't change things now.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's about perspective and the things that really make a difference in life or other things that we worry about.

    When it comes to perspective it's worth noting that I have no A Levels, no degree and yet I've been in the 40% tax bracket for several years now.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I know that these results are not the be all and end all but whatever anyone says its hard not to worry, it really only hit me last night but i am getting steadily more nervous.
    I am not expecting A's or even B's just a pass is all i hope for, also its not just wanting the results after all the hard work but you do kind of make plans for the next few years based on passing plus for me anyway i feel the expectation of other people and i am scared i will have let them down.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    MoK wrote: »
    It's about perspective and the things that really make a difference in life or other things that we worry about.

    When it comes to perspective it's worth noting that I have no A Levels, no degree and yet I've been in the 40% tax bracket for several years now.

    I have A levels, but they are crap beyond belief, and no degree. Not be too long before im pushing on the 40% tax barrier!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hope everyone got the results they wanted. Coming back on the bus last night from football, there were loads of, well, kids out celebrating. Made me feel quite nostalgic!
  • Olly_BOlly_B Mod-u-like Posts: 222 Settling in
    Grace wrote: »
    Oh, and when you are feeling down because you didn't get what you wanted, think of these [very, very] wise words from Baz Luhrman [Man knows what he is talking about]

    Hate to be a pedant, but Baz Luhrman didn't write them, he only set them to music. The author is Mary Schmich and they were originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997.

    Olly
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Olly_B wrote: »
    Hate to be a pedant, but Baz Luhrman didn't write them, he only set them to music. The author is Mary Schmich and they were originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997.

    Olly

    I didn't write that...
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