Go on, you know you want to...
September marks the date that the aptly named Museum of Failure closes. It displayed more than 70 products and services from around the world. They included those from well-known brands such as a Harley-Davidson perfume, Bic for Her, the Apple Newton, Google Glass, and Kodak Digital Cameras.
As a GCSE student this year, I felt as if I was in the same boat as thousands of students across the country - a boat that felt like it was sinking at some point during exam season. I was fed up, tired, bored and couldn't wait to finish the long months that swallowed up my time.
For many families across the UK, the dust is beginning to settle. This week sees the end of the exam season where many young people have been receiving their results for University Finals, A2/AS levels and most recently, GCSEs.
Firstly, will the new system itself be judged as a success or a failure? This year's students will be receiving a somewhat confusing spread of number and letter grades. The claim for a new GCSE system was that it would help drive up standards. The tougher subject specifications were meant to make courses more demanding.
When we put our head above the parapet and strive for something bigger and better, naturally we dream that it will be a success, but it's no fun if it's too easy and that is when we begin to get complacent. How boring would life be in a world where everything went our way? We will never strive for more when what we've got appears to be sufficient.
So they've opened a Museum of Failure, now, and lots of us probably feel as though we ought to be exhibits.
Simply, you can't. I certainly wasn't prepared. I knew after my exams that my chances of achieving what was necessary were slim but I hoped I was wrong. Isn't that what we all do? Hold on to hope. Even if our son messes it up, he will rage for a bit, get hysterical but until the verdict is delivered on the morning of 17th August he will still hold onto hope.
Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself; everyone else is taken." Although it's a great idea to just be ourself, one of our greatest
Just as vulnerability is helpful in the right doses, so is failure.