Life throws a few curve balls
WE ARE all taught that education plays a huge role in the shaping of our future. But who defines what education is?
From a very young age I was told a report card full of As was all that was acceptable but I soon realised not all of us are destined to bring home that perfect report card.
I think maybe once in Year 1 I received a straight A report card. It was all downhill from there.
But I think sometimes the message gets a little confused and while we are trying so hard to get that perfect education, to achieve straight As and to make everyone else happy, we aren’t aware there is a big world that has enough twists and curves to make a roller-coaster jealous.
I had my life mapped out by the time I was in Year 5. I was going to be a reporter on 60 Minutes and I was going to travel the world, reporting mainly in war torn countries. Nothing would stand in my way.
I went off to boarding school thinking it would increase my chances of getting into the perfect university, involved myself in every possible extracurricular activity, spent my holidays doing work experience at TV stations and newspapers and went off to university with my life mapped out.
But, as too often happens, life threw me a curve ball – love. Yep, something that simple changed my life.
So, do I regret it? Not one bit. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. What did I learn? Education comes in all shapes and sizes.
So, after all those years of a sure path, it seems that circle of life has indeed completed a circle. I find myself sitting in the Stanthorpe Border Post
office and while this may not be a war-torn town, I may not be a journalist and I may not have an editorial background with university qualifications, I am proud of the little bit I add to this paper every week.
We are all born destined for something great. Sometimes, it just takes a few lessons to find our own greatness.