Whenever my husband is really stressed he gets different versions of this dream . . .
It’s his school final exam . . . He is late . . .  And try as he might he is not able to reach on time…

Or he reaches the venue and realises that he has prepared for a different subject and exam is of a different subject…

The most hilarious one is that he has prepared himself completely to cheat in the exam but in the examination hall he cannot find the parchees (the small chits of paper used for copying). Next day morning we have a hearty laugh on the struggles he faced in his dreams. This way or that he says my struggle with exams is not getting over even decades after I have given my last exam.

There is another one . . . If everything goes well the question paper is out of syllabus.
I believe it’s the same with life. It’s an exam but the syllabus is not provided so the questions are always out of syllabus and we have to use our thoughts and experiences to ace it.

Another quote that Google gave me and I completely agree with is –
Life is the most difficult exam..
Many people fail because they try to copy others
Not realising that everyone has a different question paper..
Yes we all are giving a different exam, fighting mini battles at different fronts. Winning some and getting wounded by some. That’s how life is!

I once commented to someone that my life is pretty ordinary nothing extraordinary in it. Its like a straight path. I had this fairy tale notion that it should be like a wave with crests and troughs. Of course at that time I had been thinking only about the highs and not the lows. And life took my words literally with only a minor change. My wave began with trough rather than crest and I hit rock bottom. About two and a half years ago my husband lost his job and that taken for granted salary at the end of each month suddenly vanished. Since then it’s the biggest exam we have ever faced as a couple. During this time we have had many new experiences – struggling to keep a business afloat, looking for a job, fallout with friends, worrying about the big expenses cropping up suddenly in life. I was not prepared for this at all. I have led a rather sheltered life till now. Worrying about money was never on my agenda. Okay, we were not millionaires but there was enough to go buy. Looking at others I used to despair. Why am I facing these hardships while others are enjoying? (looking at your FB newsfeed its very easy to assume that everyone is having a gala time in their life). 

It took me some time to come out of my self-pity but then I realised that its not only me; each and every one of us is giving an exam. Only his or her question paper is different. They may not be struggling in the areas as us, but they are surely fighting the battle on a different front.

These exams / struggles / troughs do change you. I think I am a more confident person now. Gone is that scared girl who used to turn to her father and now her husband at the first sign of problem. I think I can handle things better. Even though the peak of my crest is a long long way away. I really think that at least the ascent has begun.

Wishing Good Luck to everyone for this exam…

P.S. : Since we are on the topic of exams just wanted to share that we as a family are entering that crucial year when both my children would be facing a Board exam at the end of the coming year. And all of us who are familiar with the Indian education system know how stressful it can be. So, keep my kiddos in your prayers and send your good wishes.

10 thoughts on “GOOD LUCK . . . FOR THIS EXAM!

  1. This article has warmth for sure. Felt really close to heart though we never crossed each other’s path in our lives😊. I wish you always come out with flying colours in whatever exam life throws at you. And I wish the same for your kiddos in their exams like literally😁.

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  2. Indeed we are all in life’s mini battles in some front or the other! Thanks be to God who helped you through such a difficult phase . . . must’ve been more difficult than is expressed by words. Prayers and best wishes for your sons’ exams!

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    1. Thank you so much for your good wishes. And yes it has been much more difficult. I just spared my readers the gory details. I didn’t want to go back to the negative thoughts I used to have so I didn’t go into a lot of details. For a long time I was upset with God too.. Took me some time to come out of that phase. But now I realize God has helped us till now. I am sure we will sail through with his guidance.

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  3. Very apt article….yes I fully agree with you… we all have exams in life with different question papers..we have to face it full throttle with the good Lord’s help…Wish your children too all the best in their exams and all the best in their future endeavours…

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  4. Wow.. Crest is not far, it is almost there.. Maybe if u peek a bit, u will see the horizon also.
    Trust your kiddos will do very well in their board exams and exam of life.
    All the best and lots of love..


  5. You explained the complexities of life with such a subtle simplicity and sparkling beauty!
    Kudos to your strength in braving the troughs and I am sure the roll of thunder will give way to sunny days!
    Best of luck to your kids…Your teachings will always direct them in the right path towards success.

    Stay blessed 🙂


  6. I love the lines from the quote that said, “Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others. So true about life. Thanks for the post.


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