High school life is like a big test. Not only do you have the standard tests in English and Maths, in which you have to try and achieve good grades, but also the tests in popularity which you try to pass.
Slipping down the rungs of a ladder
Every time you feel you have failed or haven’t done as well as you wanted to, it’s like you’re slipping down the rungs of a ladder and have to try and pull yourself back up. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it takes strength, but very often it’s worth it.
“Failure always manages to sneak its way into life – it’s part of the paths of the greatest successes.”
Even the best of actresses don’t get every role they audition for, just as the best writers don’t publish every book they write. Failure always manages to sneak its way into life – it’s part of the paths of the greatest successes – it’s just a bump in the road that has to be overcome.
It’s hard enough when people doubt you and it is even worse when you start doubting yourself: that last minute stress before tests and exams, or that doubt in your mind whether your friends really like you for who you are, or that feeling you don’t have what it takes to achieve your goal.
Not meeting your own expectations
During high school, I think the biggest question is “can I make it?” and every time you don’t meet your own expectations, the immediate answer that springs to mind is “no I can’t”. It automatically lowers your own belief in yourself. But I’ve often been told that if you think you can’t do something, you really won’t be able to. It’s just as much the psychological impact as any skill or lack of.
“I’ve often been told that if you think you can’t do something, you really won’t be able to.”
Failure may be an obstacle in life, but it shouldn’t be a stone wall. It is something that can be overcome if you are determined to do so.
– Amy Mengler