For those who read my most recent post, you will remember that I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted to complete or improve upon this summer. A friend of mine then posted a blog post about this concept, ‘The Impossible List’. At first sight, this just looks like a really long bucket list, but in actual fact it is so much more than that. See, it’s called the Impossible list for a reason. The point is that you keep on adding to it or changing it as the years go by. Because of this, you will never actually complete this list, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But what you find during is far more advantageous because you find you are capable of so much more than you think. Already, I have crossed some things off my life and I will change them soon.
This is only going to be short as the purpose of this is to use this platform to share my list. Just remember, this took me around an hour to create, but I will get this time back ten-fold in appreciation for having these guideline to my life.
Here is the Link to my list, enjoy:
In light of my recent exams finishing, I have found that I now have an unprecedented amount of free time. To revision mode me, this was the dream. Now, like most summers I am posed with two options: to do, or not to do. What I mean by this is I could spend the whole of my summer completing small tasks, doing small productive things which would potentially culminate in a “successfully” spent summer holidays. However, personally, this is not a great use of time. Yes it is true that anyone can spend the time they have however they want. But to me, an unprecedented amount of time calls on an unprecedented array of opportunities. I want to spend this summer completely different to any one of them before and I have one solution: YOLO.
Okay, please do not stop reading, I mean I want to stop writing at the thought of using the abbreviation YOLO as the crux to this piece, but hear me out. From how I have been raised, I have accepted that we only live once. So, for this summer (as I can afford the time) I will be adopting a new mentality. This is not to say I am not usually aware of my very own mortality, but in the least creepy and sadistic way possible, it will be at the forefront of my mind almost all the time. I want this summer to be one of opportunities and a way I’m going to assess this will be by making blog posts more regularly so I can keep you updated. As well as providing you with some pretty SICK content (lol), it will be a way of assuring that I complete this summer the way I want to.
New opportunities and experiences I want to try out:
- Learn how to cook (yes, university is not an avenue for this)
- Read 5 new books, that do not include fantasy.
- Become vegan (DO NOT RED ALERT THIS)
- Understand another cultures history (Have that one in the bag with trips to Italy, and France)
- Try different types of alcohol
- Finish short story
- Write on blog more
- Sing more
All of these new things will hopefully allow me to say at the end of this summer that I have been productive as well as active. This is a tailored list for my needs and wants, but I strongly urge you to write your self a list like this at the beginning of your summer, if you have one. Even if you do not have a summer holiday, then maybe instead of making this a ‘Summer of Opportunity’, make this a ‘Year of Opportunity’. Allow this mentality to trickle into your everyday life because trust me, you will feel better for it. And if not, there is always a great new series on Netflix instead.
It’s that time again where the pen meets the blank paper. Where the fingers press the keys. This is a definitive moment in any students life, as exams are just around the corner. Whether you are cramming the last chapter of your 800 page book, or you are sifting through revision cards acquired months in advance. It does not matter how much preparation you have done prior to the exam, one factor remains a constant; nervousness.
To be nervous is perfectly natural, if not admired. As well as it showing that you have an actual emotional attachment, it shows that you are not some thoughtless and mindless drone, churned out of the education system; you have original thought. Original thought is a blessing. It is a symbol of Whig progression and an example of our own intelligence. Many would argue that this is not true. Scholars have recently suggested that every though that modern man makes has already been made before, ergo original thought is null and void. From this springs the argument that the education system is not actually doing its job. This is where protests meets sectaries.
I would only agree with this to an extent, but the fact that we are no longer original is so far off the truth. I can drone on about how we are all individuals, how examinations do not cater to our individual needs but that would be a waste of space (and time). Instead I will leave you with two thoughts.
One, the fact that we are individuals is great. Yes, you may suck at exams or coursework but do not hate yourself for this. If we were all the same, imagine how grey and dull the world would be. We are the individual strands that make up this rich tapestry called Earth. So don’t kick yourself the day before the exam because you have suddenly taken on a very nihilist approach to life. Think that you may not be that person who can write solidly for an hour, and that’s okay. You are the person that may become that diving instructor that lives in the Bahamas when the person that could write the exam is in a Office in Hull.
Secondly, this is not to say that those who ace the exam or who are confident about it should feel bad. Do not think that you are not individual. We are all required to make up humanity.
So, if you have an exam, I hope you can find solace in the fact that these exams may determine the next summer, or the next year of your life. But take pride in the fact that you are an individual. You will make mistakes. You will have achievements.
First and foremost, you will survive.