Promotional exams results will be released this coming Monday. Last year I wrote about Rubics Cube as an analogy of how some of you might have to take detours (meaning retain in JC1) to get to where you want to go ultimately (admission into university). This year again some would be promoted, some would have to take supplementary exams (if any), some superannuated (technical term for not being able to continue JC education) and some asked to withdraw. Whichever the case, there’s often a fair amount of anxiety right before receiving the results and if you’re promoted then great. Heave a sigh of relief. But what if you’re not promoted? What if you have to retain? Or what if you are asked to leave? Then what do you do?
I’ve found in life that there is nothing too catastrophic that our resilient spirits cannot take. At any one time when we get very bad news we might think that we could not deal with it and that it’s the end of the road for us. But ask any JC1 senior and a large number of them would tell you that the extra year was necessary and helpful to them in getting the grades they want for A’levels. And students who are asked to leave would eventually find something that they can excel and succeed in. JC is not the end all for future happiness in life.
The way we deal with the unknown and unforseeable future, the way we deal with life adversities shape our character and fortitude. And I think if you looked back in your own past, you would find times when you thought the pain and disappointment was unbearable but you pulled through anyway. Habituating ourselves to think positively about ourselves, the people around us, the unknown situations we face help us to keep our sanity. And it’s not about being pollyanna either but really more about explaining bad situations in a non self-destructive way. Check out HPB’s cute little video (above). Be the elephant! =)