24/08/2017 07:43 BST | Updated 24/08/2017 07:43 BST

A Message For Teenagers Getting Their Results

Dear You,

Yes you - you with your exam results in your hand.

I'd like to ask you to take a deep breath.

Whatever results you've got today, know that the doors of opportunity are still open to you.

You're still the same amazing person, with a set of unique gifts.

You're still loved.


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If you've done as well as you'd have liked, then pat yourself on the back for the effort you've put into your study and revision.

Soak up your achievements.

We often dash from one goal to the next, but it's appreciating what we've already got that helps us to be happy.

Take time out to recognise the subjects that light you up. These are your passions. Follow your passions and the world is your oyster.

If you haven't done as well as you'd have liked, then still pat yourself on the back for your effort. If you know in your heart that you did your best, then know that that's all you can do in life. Other people's opinions of your grades and effort are none of your business, especially if they make you doubt your worth.

If you didn't put the effort in, then, be honest with yourself and learn from it.

Life is a series of lessons and we all keep on getting the same lesson over and over, until we've learned what we need to.

Did you doubt yourself? Did you listen to people who told you that you weren't any good at subjects? Did you have trouble revising? Did you resist help?

Again, the results that you have in your hand can help you see what subjects are your passion. If you haven't found yours yet, don't panic. Some people in their 50s still haven't found theirs!

Just sit for a while and remember what you used to do love doing as a child. What do you lose track of time doing now? What seems fun and easy to you?


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The world has plenty of opportunities for everyone. It would be boring if we were all good at the same things.

So, please don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.

The only person to compete with is yourself. Acknowledge how far you've come. Be proud of your efforts and look to where you'd like to go next.

It's your life and you really do deserve the best. The piece of paper in your hand is one way out of endless possibilities to get there.

You decide your next step. Make it one that's best for you.

If you'd like more tips on how to be happy and confident, follow Jaelithe on Facebook.

You could also try The Happy Teenager: Fun Book , Your Super Success Journal or a meditation made especially for exam results.