Strangers, I saw a video. If you are not a stranger, and know me personally, well, I still saw a video.
SHOUT OUT TO TRISTAN ELLIOT FOR SHARING THIS VIDEO ON FACEBOOK AND FOR BEING AWESOME IN GENERAL AND CARING FOR ME DURING DARK DAYS, LOVE YOU GIRL ❤
It was a spoken word video that I’m gonna link right here about why exams shouldn’t mean as much to us as they do. I watched it a couple of days ago so I can’t really remember much of it, but what I do remember is that it made me think about how inadequacy is defined in our society. Look, I don’t agree with all of it, but it made sense to me and I’d like to share it.
the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.
“drugs, crime, and other dangers to society”
an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity.
“the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds”
the state or quality of being inadequate; lack of the quantity or quality required.
“the inadequacy of available resources”
inability to deal with a situation or with life.
“her feelings of personal inadequacy”
Now, let me prepare you for a whole lot of opinion, mainly based on sudden exam realisations and a lack of desire to study a useless subject:
Inadequacy is usually defined by the lack of something in a situation, but in the world of schooling,it is too often defined by the extra opinions, judgments, or decisions of people who will never be directly affected by their words or actions.
Inadequacy is being in the top class and rejoicing at your 50% for maths, or having friends who know what they want to do in life and still being confused, or having your ex boyfriend’s brother proclaim your lack of “good enough-ness” to the entire grade. Inadequacy is too much, I think.
You know when you write a test and only remember everything five minutes after you are supposed to stop writing? Is that inadequacy? Does that mean that five minutes define whether you’re enough or not? That you’re unable to deal with life’s situations because you couldn’t remember that FDR’s middle name was Delano?
Chop and change Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, and you have something that makes just as much sense:
“Inadequate is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Inadequate is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Inadequate is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Inadequacy is potential. Inadequacy is temporary. Inadequacy is nothing.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.