Every year, our society places a ridiculous amount of pressure on year 12 students to succeed, at all costs. There’s this assumption that their entire future is determined by their final score (spoiler alert – not true!). This pressure can lead to immense stress, which can cause anything from a facial rash to full blown anxiety. We need to be talking more about all the great things to come, and talking less about failure. Year 12 is not the be-all-end-all; it is just the beginning.
There’re two ways you can choose to look at what lies ahead – either with fear or with excitement. Being able to view things in a positive light is an incredibly useful life skill. This doesn’t mean that you have to always be happy, or you have to accept or ignore the negative aspects of life. Focusing on the good stuff will have an enormously positive effect on your life, as well as your general well-being. So instead of stressing about results and course requirements, start to think about all the incredible things you have to look forward to!
Your future’s going to be full of all kind of twists and turns. Here are just a few things to look forward to:
- Meeting someone who will change your life.
- Meeting someone who’s life you’ll change.
- Finding your 1,000th new favourite song.
- Making a mistakes (and learning from them).
- Falling in love.
- Eating the best sandwich you’ve ever had.
- Not having your life dictated by a school bell.
- Meeting people who think like you.
- Meeting people who will challenge the way you think.
- Running into old teachers and calling them by their first name just for lols.
- New emojis!
- Going out on a school night.
- Finding something you’re passionate about.
- Creating something, anything.
- Travelling to new places
- Travelling back to old, familiar places, and seeing it in a new light.
- Dancing in a crowd.
- Dancing by yourself.
- Crying with laughter.
- Adopting a pet).
- Changing your mind (about a person, a thing, a place, an idea).
- Gaining wisdom and experience.
- Learning to love yourself more.
Worrying about stuff is really normal but right now, there’s so much to look forward to.
So remember, if you don’t get into the uni course that you wanted, or you miss out on a job offer, it’s not the end of the world. There will always be new opportunities, new things to learn, and new ways to thrive.
We all need a little extra motivation every now and then. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t underestimate the power of a good quote (or gif!) to cheer you up:
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be”.
– Emma Watson
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.”
– Michelle Obama
Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life.”
– Amy Poehler
“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“Understand that one day you will have the power to make a difference, so use it well.”
– Mindy Kaling
Maddy regularly writes for Rosie, and is passionate about music, history, art and gender equality.