Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper. (myimagequote.com)
“On graduation day”. Mixed media including XL graphite blocks, acrylics, Neocolor II, acrylic ink, metallic paste on Canson XL – 11 x 15 inch watercolour paper.
I am thinking of all the graduation ceremonies that will be held in June. At one time, and for many years as a teacher, I was part of those ceremonies.
In the crowd, I saw all the proud faces of the students’ relatives gathered to celebrate this milestone.
I wondered about the path each student would travel in order to find their true calling in life. So young to make these important decisions. A few students, really a minority, would travel to Europe for a year. Obviously, these were the students who were still searching for their true calling.
Life is most definitely the most difficult exam. In the close to 30 years that I have been teaching, I have heard of some of the struggles of my former students…battles with cancer, divorce, and students suddenly dying in the prime of their lives, leaving a young family to carry on as best they can.
In painting this portrait, I remembered many of those familiar faces.
I wonder what happened to so many of them when they were called to write the most difficult exam.