It’s GCSE Results day here in the UK and I’m hours away from finding out if my middle son has smashed it or followed in his mum’s footsteps!!
I remember when my eldest son collected his exam results a few years ago (he did incredibly well – much better than his mother!). As I sat in my car outside the school gates, waiting for him to come out, I felt physically sick. I was transported back to my own results day and I experienced all the same sensations I had back then; sweaty palms, butterflies and headache.
I’m here again and I’ve already started preparing my best scenario speeches. The ‘OMG A’s I’m so proud of you,’ and the ‘let’s draw a line and take a moment to think through our next step.’
This got me thinking about what I would tell my 16 year old self, about exams, life, and growing up, if I could borrow Michael J Fox’s Delorean, and pop back to 1988. This is what I came up with:-
- Suck it up! You really should have been revising instead of reading those ‘Sweet Dream’ books.
- They’re going to make you re-sit your maths exam – that’s an extra year of night school and you’ll still never use Pythagoras Theorem.
- Boys come and go – the heartbreak ends and the sun comes up again.
- Enjoy being skinny, it doesn’t last!
- Make lots of wrong decisions because you’ll learn so much. Regret nothing.
- College is great so enjoy yourself but watch out for student nights’ (Southern Comfort is not as nice second time around!)
- Learn a foreign language.
- Stay true to who you are and never let anyone tell you what to think.
- Things might get really bad for a while but stay strong and life will deliver amazing opportunities.
- Never give up on your dreams.
- Cherish your family.
- Embrace the changes in technology as they arrive – you’re going to LOVE social media!
- An 18-30 Ibiza holiday is okay once, but travel as far and wide as you can because the world is an amazing place.
- Johnny Depp will always be gorgeous.
- Fear is just false evidence appearing real. Don’t let it control you.
- Your love of pizza isn’t just a teen thing.
- You’ve got the gift of the gab for a reason – use what you say to help others.
- Be a leader, not a sheep.
- Chocolate cures EVERYTHING.
- Dream It, Live It, Become It.
I’d love to hear what you would tell your 16 year old self, let me know in the comments below.
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