My exam paper.
My Comprehensive Exam is done and I've received word that I've completed all of the requirements for my Master's in Leadership degree. The exam itself was casual, reflective APA paper that I wrote last week. Not much of an "exam," per se, but it works for me.
Although I may have laid it on a little thick, due to the nature of the exam, I think I'll post what I wrote here. Just for fun.
That's how it all ended.
Fight or flight.
I just watched this little, narration-free video at The School of Life.
I'll make a transcript of the animated text:
THE DARKEST TRUTH ABOUT LOVE
I received confirmation that I'm all done. See?
I checked my phone and learned the news while I was on my way downstairs for the school's Milk Run. And I ran well.
I'm too much of an emotional mess to actually say I did something; I still feel like a total and utter failure at everything. But I have a couple new pieces of evidence to prove me wrong.
Gene Eugene's last songs.
Odd coincidence for today.
Although there are other coincidences for today, this one's interesting:
The "memories" ad on Facebook is funny because all of the photos have been posted by other people. If it had given me an analogous ad a few years ago, it would have shown numerous photos that I've taken myself. But there's Facebook saying "Thanks for being part of the community for 9 years," and none of those images show that I've taken part, myself, at all.
And by sending that "Comprehensive Exam Paper," I hope to put a cap on one of the last times when I'll do something I'm not very passionate about. I joined that Leadership program largely in order to increase my paycheque, but not really because I "really wanted to." Although I may have built up some grit and resilience in the process, it's certainly come at a price: my marriage is a mess; I've isolated my friends; I'm not as effective in the classroom as I once was; I haven't written a song in years; I'm both numb and miserable at the same time.
In either case, this is new-leaf-turning-over-time. I have time on my weekends again for the first time in years. I have few friends who have any expectations of me.
And I don't have any more excuses avoid anything.
This summer will be important. I will read; I will relax; I will try to shape my mind a little. I've been looking into going overseas again, perhaps teaching in China or the Middle East for September of 2017. My Master's degree will be a good marketing tool. But I have no idea where I will be in September 2016.
And that's OK.
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