I’ve been having a one-sided love affair with NSW Premier Mike Baird (one-sided because he’s a devout Christian and, you know, happily married. Also, we’ve never met).
The utter sincerity of his reaction around the Lindt Cafe siege, his daggy dad tweets about The Bachelor, the fact that he just seems to be getting on with things without the strutting and sound grabs of so many of Australia’s pollies had won me over.
But today, I'm torn. And all because he posted this on his Facebook page:
Back when I was in school, a typical report card said something like "Mike talks too much in class."
Truth be told, I was much more interested in catching waves (and girls) than studying... and my HSC results were average at best.
Not too long after my school days were over, I met Kerryn on a beach down the south coast... And school was suddenly a distant memory!
Here's the truth of it... Life isn't defined by your exams. It begins after they are finished.
It's always important to give everything you do your very best shot, but make sure you keep some perspective. When you walk out of that final exam, you've got the world at your feet... And most of us oldies will tell you that your best days are yet to come.
Good luck guys.
The sentiment, the optimism of what he writes, is everything I want to believe.
In 12 months time, we will be one of those families with a kid doing the HSC. Because the kid in question lives part of the time with his mum, and part of the time with us, there's a lot to negotiate. Should he continue to move between homes, or should he stay in one place? How can we make sure both houses are consistent, that our expectations of how hard he'll work and when he'll play are the same so he doesn't blow out at one house and stress out at the other? What role should I play - if I play any at all?
And most of all, how will we all manage the stress? Because that's pretty much all I hear about - the almighty level of stress that comes with HSC year, for both the kids doing it and anyone within a 50m radius of them. Stress that plays out for months at levels that have some kids dropping No Doz and Ritalin to enhance their ability to study. I have friends who've put their whole life on hold for the HSC year. How did it get to this??