Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Wheels Of The Bus Goes Around and Around

Today or rather yesterday, was the first day of school for those in primary, secondary schools and junior colleges. As I look back to those days, I realised that I didn't really miss primary or secondary school at all. But, in saying that, I guess I do miss the teachers and a handful of old friends. When I become successful one day (and you know, I will) , I want them to know what I've achieved in life. I want them to know that their efforts didn't go to waste.

But, that's about it. I certainly did not miss the immature/lame kids surrounding me and their incessant brainless chatter.

A few years later when I'm already working, I will look back upon my poly years and miss it like hell. My poly years are the best years of my life. No tuition. No doing/studying stuff that you hated. No forced participation in CCAs. There is still stress, but that's part and parcel of life.

My poly groomed me to be a better person and to be something much more that I could have ever dreamed of. I participated in stuff that I was genuinely interested in and thoroughly enjoyed them. More importantly, I am now an optimist and love socialising. Something that I was not in primary or secondary school. It has to be because of the company surrounding me.

Life lessons is something that you can't get from memorising textbooks. Believe me. Its true. That is what all of the leaders in the world will tell you. Education can only get you so far. While IQ is important, having a high EQ is important too. Maya Angelou never had a formal college education but look at how far she has come.

But kids, education is still important, okay. But enjoy the learning process, if you hate it, learn something else, change courses or something. You don't want to be stuck wasting years of your lives doing something you hate. Time is precious. Spend it wisely. Learn something that you have a passion in, learn something that you love. And you will get far in life.

Success, is to each its very own. There is no definition for success. Success is a journey, not a destination. For some, it maybe measured by its monetary value or achieving fame or obtaining a doctorate degree and for some, it is measured by the number of lives they have changed.

I wouldn't have changed any education choices that I have made so far in my life. Because for every choice I made, I thought of it a gazillion times and it was the best for me at that very point of time. I can honestly say that I have no regrets. Life is too short for that.

“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson,and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

- Tom Bodett


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