Students spend sleepless nights, lose appetite, sit at home the whole time, scurry, try to cramp in at the last moment and then go and write it out on the exam paper. The same cycle continues every year. Marks are scored, distinctions are made, some lose in the race and some shine out.
What about exams which life throws at us? Problems, challenges, difficulties, changes, adjustments are the synonyms which fit in real life. Does the experience of writing exams in school, college or any entrance exam help to solve the problems in life? Is it actually preparation for what the future is going to throw at us? Do all the cramming and the pains that were taken to pass a particular exam help us to excel at the challenges which we face in life ahead?
Not really. Those are two different things, I feel. The response to the problems thrown at us entirely depends on your character as a person, how strong or how sensitive or how emotional you are. One person may find a particular situation challenging and may come out with flying colors and in the same situation, another person may completely feel anxious and intimated and lost. Does that mean that the second person is weak and no good? No, it doesn't. It is just that he/she is different. Response to a particular situation can't and shouldn't be generalized labeling a person good or bad, strong or weak. That particular person may excel in some other field or situations where he/she feels grounded and comfortable.
Life is always not easy, one might have to make a lot of adjustments unwillingly and they may prove detrimental to the physical or mental health. One might lose sleep and lose interest in carrying out the day to day activities. One may feel entirely hopeless and may not be able to adapt to the situation at all. In such extreme cases, talking and discussing with family and close friends coupled with a proper line of treatment should help to fight such phases. The challenges and problems might trigger a physiological reaction sometimes and then the positive thinking or distracting mind with something else might not really help. A medicine to correct the balance in the body and then in the mind needs to be administered.
Challenges make you strong and sometimes they crush you completely and make you lose self-confidence. Try your best not to get destroyed by it completely. Try to rise, try to shine.