Wednesday 16 August 2017

Bye Leaving Cert, I won't miss you

Our diarist Bobbi Nic Eoin. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Our diarist Bobbi Nic Eoin. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Bobbi Nic Eoin

What do I do? It's strange thinking that I don't need to study seven Leaving Cert subjects anymore.

Initially I felt lost as though I had nothing to do, as if something was missing.

Two years of academic school work and study has come to an ultimate end.

Goodbye, I can't say I will shed any tears for you. You will not be mourned by me.

I have started working again for the summer, and it feels so good.

To earn, to save and of course, to spend!

It's nice to work for money and not for free in school.

Did you know that there is a huge ongoing debate on whether or not students should get paid to go to school?

64pc said yes and 34pc said no.

I'm with the majority on this topic.

I am also very fortunate to work in the renowned pub 'Dick Mack's', where there is history in every corner and an addictive, unique atmosphere.

You never know what to expect.

Now the only thing I need to worry about is the height of head on a pint of beer and if a keg needs to be changed or not.

My brother is permitted to play his piano again, to his delight.

I will no longer burst into a furious rage if there is the mere sound of a key to be heard.

I have to admit, I may have been a complete and utter nightmare to live with during my exams.

I have improved, well at least I hope I have.

The elation and complete freedom I feel is exhilarating.

I am going to try to take up the art of surfing this summer.

I am blessed with perfect beaches, with ideal waves for surfing.

I love having the freedom now to take up new pastimes and hobbies.

If you see me on the beach I will be the one who looks like they don't have the faintest idea of what they are doing, or coughing up salty water while looking like a beached whale on the sand.

You can't improve and be successful without failing at least a couple of times.

As Mahatma Gandhi said: "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

Although a big blanket of dark cloud and fog descended upon Dingle yesterday morning it won't deter my hopes and dreams of being a mediocre surfer.

I think I may have obtained a world record title.

I completed an entire season of 'House Of Cards' and 'Daredevil' in one day.

No, I didn't sleep very much. I like the fact that I didn't sleep due to doing something I enjoyed instead of crammed study and stress.

I'm going to educate myself with film and TV.

Does that count as education?

Of course it does.

I think I can definitely say with full honesty and disclosure that the Leaving Cert was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

But I will never have to endure it again. "You must do the things you think you cannot do" - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Irish Independent

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