So it’s results day tomorrow for a lot of you, and tonight is probably not going to be the best evening you’ve ever had! A lot will be spent with an anxious heart, staying up into the early hours so you can wait for the postman/check your emails/the uni website or go to your school/college etc to get your results.
There isn’t much I can really say for you in terms of advice – the only thing I’ve ever been good at was English, and so I knew my results for everything else would be a catastrophe. When I actually bothered to attend Maths, I’d sit there bitching in my head about how it was completely pointless to learn about trigonometric identities because I was going to be a writer, and quite simply… I didn’t have time for this shit.
Even though it was such a long time ago I remember picking up my GCSE results (my A Level results got sent to me in the post). There were the ridiculously clever people ripping theirs open, leaping for joy that they’d gotten an A* in EVERYTHING, with the occasional distressed squeal because one of them had missed an A* by one point.
Then there was me, overjoyed with my results in English, and feeling ever so slightly queasy that I had to break the news to my mum that I’d got an F in Maths. I actually remember going to the beach for the day turning my phone off (a flip up, sticker embossed Motorola) to avoid having to break the news that I was a mathematical failure.
The point is, you can’t be good at everything. You have to fail at something and that’s part of life.
That’s not to say don’t work hard, and don’t go out and get what you want – hard work and dedication is the most important thing, alongside passion, when it comes to getting what you want in life. But you can’t berate yourself because you’re not an expert at every single possible thing.
As horrible as it is to admit, some of you may not get the results you had hoped for tomorrow, and that’s okay. You can retake, you can re study, you can get the results you want to eventually.
Or you can decide that college or uni or whatever it is you’re going on to, isn’t necessarily for you and you can move on to finding the right career for you, or go travelling, or volunteer. It’s your life and you can do whatever you please with it.
Try and stay positive about tomorrow, and I wish every single one of you reading this who is expecting results tomorrow, a massive humongous good luck!
”It is impossibly to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
All my love BGP xx