I am (not) a failure 

Hi, I’m Biology B, Chemistry C, Physics C. I’m ‘very disappointing Magill’ (the dirt words from a teacher I heard on results day.) I’m dropped out of University. I’m sacked from a job. I’m a failed marriage. I’m (insert failure here.) The list could be long and filled with with failures of varying magnitude. When I look back, there are many. 

Yet, here I am, doing what I love with all of my dreams come true, a beautiful wife and wonderful son, great friends and an adventure filled life. Despite having failed that is not who I am. Despite losing repeatedly and on occasions dramatically I am not a loser (even if you choose to disagree.) 

Who I am is no more found in the sum of my failures than it is found in my successes. Who I am is found in my faith, in laughter, in sadness, in the people who love me and the people I love. I am not defined by the days of loss or the days of success. I am me not the things I’ve done nor the things that have happened to me.

Today many will celebrate their results and so they should. Well done on work paying off and the next step on the path you’ve chosen but do not let today define you. Don’t lessen yourself to your results and your university. You are much more wonderful than that, bursting with potential and greatness. You’re much more than letters on a page. 

Others feel bereft, disappointed and confused. They worked hard too but things haven’t gone to plan. You are looking in hope or desperation for the next step on the path you haven’t chosen but do not let today define you. Don’t lessen yourself to your results and clearing or a year repeating exams. You are much more wonderful than that, bursting with potential and greatness. You’re much more than letters on a page. 

Whether you’re joyful or gutted today be full of hope. As someone who failed but is not defined by failure and who had won but is not defined by winning let me tell you the greatest truth I’ve discovered; 

God is the business of bright futures and He has one for you. 

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