IF you’re not sitting them, you probably haven’t realised the dreaded Leaving Cert results are out this Wednesday.
Anyone not of the class of 2017, spare a thought for all the students facing one of the most daunting moments of their lives in just a few days.
We’ve all been there, in fact it’s very difficult for many of us to forget.
Opening that envelope, scanning down through the headed sheet of paper that holds the key to your future — or at least that’s the weight it appears to carry on the day.
It is the moment you have been working towards for five years of secondary school.
From day one, you have been stressing about the Leaving Cert, especially after completing your Junior Cert and everyone telling you afterwards, ‘oh that doesn’t matter, it’s all about the Leaving’.
I still remember the knot in my stomach, the overwhelming feeling that I had spent too much time dossing and cramming, the fear of disappointing my parents and potentially RUINING MY LIFE!!
College is important, career is important — but it’s not everything.
And what our academic system neglects to focus on is the large group of teenagers who simply excel in other areas. Not everyone is made for college and some people are meant to flourish in other ways.
I suppose now is the perfect time to use that quote that supposedly came from Einstein — “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
By the way, there is absolutely no evidence to back up the notion that Einstein actually said that.
Even so, its sentiments still ring true all these years later.
The best you can do at this point is try to genuinely pinpoint whatever it is that you really enjoy — and do that.
Don’t follow the crowd and don’t bend to pressure.
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Bear in mind that there are many paths to any given destination and that very few decisions are permanent.
Also it is important to know you don’t have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life when you are 17 or 18.
Half the people I know still don’t know what they want to do and the beauty of the world nowadays is you can change your mind.
If life is taking you somewhere that’s ultimately not for you, there are always other options.
So stop stressing, take a breath and remember it will all work out in the end.
And of course, most importantly, enjoy the celebrations!
IF you have been on the internet at all this week you will have seen photos of Rihanna at her native carnival festival Crop Over in Barbados.
Honestly, we are not worthy. I think she may just be the sexiest woman alive.
And clearly her notorious ex-boyfriend Chris Brown thinks so too, as he creepily posted the eyes emoji in comments beneath her stunning Instagram picture.
Absolutely 100 per cent no Chris! None of us have forgotten what happened.
I fully agree with one Twitter user who reacted with the line: “Chris Brown needs to leave Rihanna alone FOREVER.”
Also, on another Rihanna Crop Over-related note, there has been heavy speculation that she may have photoshopped the most circulated image of herself at the festival.
In the snap it appears as if she has two thumbs on the hand strategically holding one side of her waist.
However if you watch the three-second video she posted too you will clearly see it’s just a piece of the elaborate costume.
It was unfortunately placed during the still.
I simply will not stand by and have Rihanna’s ridiness called into question!
Resident evils on the streets of Crumlin
AS the hype for the McGregor v Mayweather fight heats up, so too do the theatrics surrounding the event.
It is in the best interest of all the promoters to get the American audience — and the millions expected to watch it on TV — worked into as much of a frenzy as possible, I suppose.
And there is no better example of this than an ESPN article last week examining McGregor’s rise to MMA megastardom from humble beginnings in Dublin’s south inner city.
Their US readership, presumably not knowing much about Crumlin, were led to believe “it’s a clannish, parochial place. Crossing the wrong street has traditionally been reason enough for an ass-whipping”.
Oh yes, apparently Crumlin is a place so dangerous that, “men have [to] drop dates off at bus stops instead of walking them all the way home”.
It was also claimed that the main reason Conor chose MMA was so he wouldn’t be “looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life”.
I think actual Crumlin residents may be surprised to discover what a life-threatening place their Dublin 12 hometown really is.
IT is rare in Ireland that you hear of prices going down so it is welcome news the tolls on the East Link bridge in Dublin are going to be cheaper from next Friday.
Cars will now only cost €1.40, a drop of 35c and vans and buses are saving 50c as their charge goes down to €2.10.
This is great news considering the price of running a car in Ireland is high enough as it is, without the added expense of paying to cross a bridge too so you can get to work a bit quicker.
Of course, 35c might not seem like a lot — but to the person who has to cross it twice a day, everyday, you can guarantee they are delighted to have a few more coins in their change pocket.
We seem to be paying more for less these days, from chocolate to rent to travel, so whenever I hear of a good deal or a proper price drop, it is worth celebrating.
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