It’s not easy being young in a world of virtual reality, cyber celebrity and fake narcissistic achievement.
The misuse of ‘beautiful people’ and ‘trendsetters’ to influence the lifestyles, opinions, standards and actions of young people is all pervasive.
Body image, sexual preference, personality and attitude are under constant scrutiny on social media.
The publication of the Leaving Cert exam results on Tuesday is an opportune time for young people to take stock and realise that they are the best-educated generation in Irish history.
They are more equipped with the skillset, work ethic and confidence to avail of higher education and career opportunities than ever before. They are a generation that need not be outsmarted by vested interests or malevolent manipulators.
On the contrary, the young people of Ireland have the ability and ambition to play an important leadership role in a progressive and inclusive country.
Don’t believe it when the naysayers tell you that your Leaving Cert is worthless. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Leaving Cert doesn’t define who you are, but it is a prestigious and valuable document.
Enjoy your results on Tuesday. Be proud of them.
They are a tangible and real achievement. There is nothing virtual or simulated about them. You have worked damn hard for them. Your results open the window of opportunity for you.
The sky is the limit if you stay grounded in reality and prioritise your education and career goals. Go for it and seize the moment. Carpe Diem!
By the way, your Leaving Cert results are personal and private. You decide who should know about them.
They are far too precious to share on social media. Congratulations!
- Billy RyleSpa,Tralee,Co Kerry