Anything worth having is worth working for
For secondary students completing their VCE Units 3 and 4 (Year 12), exams have already started.
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to some that a lot of students don’t feel prepared.
I know that I personally don’t feel ready for all of my exams.
While I have been studying so hard, it still doesn’t feel like enough, and because of that, I spend an hour or more procrastinating.
But something I’ve come to realise is it can be Difficult to prepare for some things in life.
I guess you could say most exams have a formula for preparation, making it seem as though it would be easy to prepare.
We have a study design and a set list of things that we need to know.
But for other things in life, like marriage, there’s only so much you assume what it’s going to be like. You’re basically walking in blind. The same thing will happen when I go to university or have children for the first time.
Not being completely prepared is actually not such a bad thing.
The way I see it, everyone is in the same boat.
You can only prepare so much for your first relationship, your first heartbreak, your first death of a loved one, your first exam, your first marriage, your first child — and every other first you can think of.
And because the things you’re going through are going to be your firsts, you can’t be upset at yourself if you make a mistake or don’t handle the situation the way you would have liked.
You have to learn from your mistakes and take another step forward.
I don’t think you should ever walk away from something until you’ve really put everything into it.
As much as I don’t want to study for my exams and I just want to put my books away, put my feet up and watch a movie — I know that I need to put my all into this because if I don’t, I’ll regret it later when I wake up and check what ATAR I got.
I’ve decided that I don’t want to have any regrets. I mean, who does?
So whenever I want something, I’m going to go for it.
If I want a certain mark, I know that I have to put in work to get it.
So I believe that the same applies for other things in life.
If you want your relationship to last, you need to put in just as much as you want out of it.
If you want your children to be successful, you need to be there for them and put into their lives.
If you want to do well in any part of your life, you need to actually work for it.
You can’t just wake up 10 kg lighter if you haven’t exercised and you can’t get an ATAR score of 99 if you don’t work for it.
Stay positive and work hard for what you want.