As a kid you were told that you had to pass the test, get good grades so that you could move on to a good school.
You were happy that you had to endure it only until you got into a good school.
But you were wrong.
At school, you were told that acing tests was important to get into a good college.
You were happy that once you got into a good college, you didn’t have to worry about being tested.
You were wrong again.
At college you were told that the results of the tests you took got you the jobs you wanted.
You hoped that once you got a good job, that would be the end of this burden of being tested.
You were sadly mistaken.
At work, you were tested for promotions, a bigger pay packet, bigger responsibilities.
You got all of that.Now you hoped you could relax.
Instead you were being tested harder.You were being judged more than ever.
You slowly realised that you’d be tested all your life and it only got bigger and harder.
But somewhere you forgot that you were ignoring life’s more important tests.
You somehow never realised that you failed…
When you hurt the one you loved.
When you failed to heed the voice inside.
When you ignored your dreams.
When you lost touch of your humanity.
When greed and hate took over.
In your quest for what you never wanted,You never understood that the most important tests in life were not the ones you answered on a sheet of paper.
You never really realised that you’d be tested all your life.
You never really realised that each test was as important as the last one.
You never really realised that life gave you a second chance sometimes, that failing was just a part of the game, just like winning.
The important part was to keep on playing and have fun.
You never realised that your own judgement was more important than what others thought.
At the end of the day, if you still felt you failed, no one could convince you any better.
Or if at the end of the day, you returned home to a smile and a warm hug, no one could convince you that you have failed.
In the end, we all want to be tested.
We want to be tested for our self-worth and judged.
We want to be tested and found OK.
In the unlikely case that I’d be buried, I want my epitaph to read “Tested, OK”