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Why Repeating a Year Level Isn't Necessarily the Worst Thing
The road to success is never a highway.
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Success is often equated with awards and merits achieved. Sometimes, we hear it as the least number of years it took to finish a grade, or a course. But really—why should we define success with how quickly we finish something? Why should we be consumed with making it on time? Why should we be bothered if we failed to do so?

The typical saying that "education is not a race, it is a journey" is heard too many times, but is barely realized. It is not an excuse to cover up failure; it is a truth. We focus too much on achieving recognition as soon as possible that we fail to see that education is learning, and learning is a process. Some may have it easy, and others the complete opposite. No two people in the world are equal, and while there are individuals who can manage to stay on track, it is only inevitable that some will get left behind.

We focus too much on achieving recognition as soon as possible that we fail to see that education is learning, and learning is a process.

What we usually overlook is that a set-back can easily be turned into an opportunity, and with opportunities, new possibilities are revealed. We relate being a late bloomer to negativity so much that it ends up being engraved in our heads as a weakness, when in fact, it should be treated otherwise. Do-overs exist so that we can perfect what was once a mistake, what we once saw as a petty thing. If we don't realize things at first glance, we shouldn't be brought down so low to not bother taking a second chance.

A road with no turns and bumps remains the same. It is plain, and while it leads to a destination, nothing changes; nothing improves. If this mediocrity is what got us into our place now, repeating gives us another circumstance to correct that very mistake. The worst thing would be to give up on something that can still grow, and can still learn. Failure is a necessary part of life. No matter how much we try to avoid it, we have no escape from facing it. It is the very thing that makes the path to success. One encounter of it should not stop us from getting to where we want to be. Rather, it should inspire us even more to reach our goals; it should motivate us even further to achieve our dreams.

The key is to keep moving forward, and to realize that despite having been left behind, our potential does not diminish, and neither does our capability to succeed.

Repeating should not be labeled as a hindrance, nor a liability. We all reach our respective destinations at different times, and we all move at different paces. As such, we all have different paths set out for us to travel on, and we shouldn’t compare ours with others. Our path is unique and meant only for us.It is what we make of our failures that predicts what success we are destined to achieve.

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