Your grades do not define you.
Before you roll your eyes and dismiss this thinking ‘duh, I know that’ just hear me out. I’ve rolled my eyes at this comment countless times before but this statement means so much more than just numbers and letters.
It means not heaping an enormous amount of stress on yourself to achieve spectacular marks. It means knowing when to take breaks and knowing that you need go out with your friends occasionally. It means taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. It means knowing when to call it a night and go to sleep. It means knowing when to eat your meals and have a light snack.
Because sometimes we don’t get overly upset with a ‘bad’ mark, but, we might try to place unrealistic expectations on ourselves (eg. writing 4 practise essays in one night).
‘Your grades do not define you’ means knowing that you still need to live your life outside of your scholastic achievements. You still need to have fun. You need to enjoy your time now, because not everything will last forever.
Don’t leave new hobbies till after exams, or after HSC, or after uni… because that will just stretch out until ‘after retirement’. Don’t wait until next week, next month to spend that little extra time with your pet, they don’t live as long as you. Don’t wait for the perfect time to express your love to your family, friends etc… the more spontaneous, the more heartfelt, the more memories.
When we say that your grades do not define you, what we mean to say is ‘don’t forget to live your life too’.