Tuesday 12 December 2017

Independence day is here, with music a fitting finale

Forget the 4th of July or Bastille Day, from here on, let it be known that June 21 is to be celebrated as a national day of independence. I am signing my own declaration of freedom from the dictatorial rule of the Leaving Cert.

No more will my life be dominated by its unforgiving reign.

Today brings an end to regimental study timetables, a life devoid of any social interaction and the inescapable guilt which accompanies any form of relaxation. Liberty, equality, fraternity? Not quite. Let's go with sun, sea and celebrations. In a matter of hours, I will be sealing my final answer booklet and reclaiming my identity as a person rather than an examination number.

Just one more exam to get through, and as a final one, music isn't the worst. For my last exam I will have the pleasure of bopping along to Bach, Barry and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and of course, absolutely rocking out to Tchaikovsky. The 'Strife Theme' is a real head banger.

Five o'clock can't come quick enough. It should bring a considerable improvement to the soundtrack of my life, currently filled with melismas, jigs and polyphony. I'm expecting a dramatic key change and some seriously sweet harmony to balance out the dissonance of the past two years.

So now, with freedom dancing just beyond my reach, what am I going to do with it? That's the million-dollar question. Of course, I have all the grand plans formulated in my mind, to make the most of the summer ahead of me and savour every second. Realistically though, these grand plans will amount to little more than sleeping away the best part of the day and spending the rest of it with my six good Friends in Central Perk. It's all about the simple pleasures!

Leaving Cert, you've been a valiant opponent. But now it is time for you to admit defeat and move on to your next victim. No white flag will be waved by India McGirr!

India McGirr is a pupil at Gorey Community School, Co Wexford

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