Last week my exams finally started.
For those that have been following along I am writing my NCIDQ exams to gain my professional accreditation in my industry, Interior Design. I am an Intern member of an organization called ARIDO which is the governing body that supports the Interior Design industry in Ontario.
Coincidentally, my wife is now the acting president of this organization.
No pressure, right?
She is very supportive of my career however there is an expectation that I finally become a registered Interior Designer during her tenure as president.
The first of three exams is now under my belt.
The next two are in a few weeks so suffice it to say I will be mired in study material in the moments I have free from my busy professional life. If you see a guy with his head buried in a book, well, that’ll be me.
The first exam was 2 intense four hour segments of design exercises to test the ability of an Interior Designer to apply program requirements, translate the requirements to floor plans, to test comprehension, problem solving ability and the knowledge of codes.
No one is meant to work in this manner in real life.
Four hours without a break.
Short term pain, long term gain. I suppose.
We all make sacrifices for future gain, right? The choices we make change the outcome of our future, for better or for worse, for as long as we shall live. Sure, in real life, if we make a poor choice we can take corrective action but we all know we have to live with the choices we make.
That’s the way this exam is structured.
Every experience is an opportunity to learn something and that’s the funny thing about exams. Exams are meant to test our ability to communicate what we have learned but in writing this first of three I am learning something new about my ability to communicate, think on my feet and make quick decisions of which I am borne to live with the consequences. No turning back. Ever.
Life experiences are not normally like that, are they?
In reality, when we make decisions we can take as much time as we need to do our due diligence and ensure the decisions are informed, well thought through and practical. Being in a position where choices are severely limited by time changes the perspective of how you decide your course of action.
This is especially challenging for me as I have a tendency to occasionally over think things and thereby potentially lose an opportunity altogether.
This test was a good opportunity to feel the freedom of making a decision and having to simply live with it.
For better or for worse.
There’s no out.
I am not really comfortable with this idea but I can see the long term gain.
That brings us to today’s quote.
Why do I keep picking these old guys when it comes to quotes? Does the now generation not have anything interesting to say? Surely, they do, however, I am either remiss to find it or it simply feels right to respect the wisdom of the past. Now did i choose Mr. Emerson because he’s so poetic or is it because his name is Ralph too? You decide (haha).
If that doesn’t brighten your day then maybe this will.
“The past, present and future walk into a bar all at the same time. It was tense.”
Have a great Monday and an awesome week.
If you want to read last week’s quote simply click here.