School life is the repository of many memories. Some good, some bad. nonetheless, they are still memories that define your life’s journey. You must have experienced this, that once you are promoted to a higher class syllabus of the previous class seems easier and simpler. However, back then when you were preparing for the exams, the same syllabus seemed vast and supremely challenging. Similarly, there are times when as a student you will feel that an incident is the most humiliating experience of your life but a few years later you will reminisce the same unpleasant experience with a smile on your face.
Have a look at these 10 instances that might have been embarrassing when you were in school but amusing now that you have grown up.
1. Arriving late
Few Years Earlier: In most schools, students arriving late are made to stand near the school gate and are allowed inside only after all the students have entered the classrooms and the school captain has marked a late remark in your calendar. Entering the class after everyone else has already settled can be tad unsettling especially because your classmates look at you with sympathy like as if you have suffered a loss and need some time to recover. While the teacher looks at you with contempt like as if you were caught pick pocketing someone.
Few Years Later: You will sit at a resto-bar with a group of friends and tell them how you have always been such a night person and have hardly ever managed to wake up on time. You will happily narrate your experiences as a school kid and tell them how your school calendar was full of only one thing, late remarks.
2. Being punished by a teacher
Few Years Earlier: Being singled out amid a roll call of fifty students and being asked to leave the classroom can be embarrassing. That is because fifty pairs of eyes (Including the teachers’. Duh!) are focusing on you and not for a good reason. That moment you just wish to disappear. The only thought that occupies your mind is that all your friends are seeing and the ones who are not in the same division will come to know later when everyone starts discussing you in the break.
Few Years Later: You will boast to your friends how you were an ‘out’standing kid of your class. You will laugh thinking how notorious you were as a kid and how you gave your teacher a tough time. You will even take pride in the fact that you were not a dormant student and your teacher remembers you years later for being the hyperactive kid who was always up to something.
3. Being unable to answer a question asked by the teacher
Few Years Earlier: ‘Oh no! Now everyone will think I am dumb.’ Is what you thought in your head. You wished for the period to finish faster so that the next class could commence and hopefully everyone in your class would forget that you did not answer the teacher correctly.
Few Years Later: Big deal! Even the teacher must not have known the answer, which is why she asked me. You will think to yourself.
4. You Crush Knowing Of Your Crush On Him
Few Years Earlier: When a big mouth in your group purposely and frequently screamed your name, nudged you, winked at you in the presence of one particular guy, it became very obvious that you have a crush on that guy. You came to know that your friend’s not so subtle gestures made everyone aware that you have the hots for the guy who is busy enjoying all the attention. It was embarrassing to see him smirk while you uncontrollably stammered trying to talk to him. Wherever you went your classmates teased you with that one name whose face made your heart flutter.
Few Years Later: When your crush sends you a friend request at first you will fail to recognize him, you will peer trying to identify who he is exactly, then his name will ring a bell somewhere inside your brains’ memory card and finally your chest will swell with pride after you realise that your school crush actually remembers you. You will ping all your friends to tell them how your first crush who you thought was your first and last love still remembers you and sent you a friend request. You will go through his profile to see what he has been up to all these years and see that he is already hitched to someone. But that will make no difference to you firstly because a long time has passed and you have zero feelings for him and secondly the guy whose name you scribbled on every tiny bit of blank paper at one point of time STILL REMEMBERS YOU!!
5. Parents called to school for your misconduct
Few Years Earlier: Poop my pants! Is what you must have felt when the teacher asked you for parents contact number. Even a bad report card can’t beat the degree of fright you experience on seeing your father or mother stand in the principal’s room listening to all the stuff you did.
Few Years Later: Your mother will tell your spouse how she attended school twice. Once as a student herself and the other time when she was regularly summoned by your schoolteacher for your troublesome behaviour. She will be glad of how you have grown over the years and have probably become a much better person now.
6. Failing an exam
Few Years Earlier: That red print on your report card appeared to be the ugliest red thing on the planet. You must have started hating red. Exams became trials and open days became judgement days where you are atoned for your sins. Back then you thought, nothing on this planet can be worse than failing an exam.
Few Years Later: You will be interviewing a newly graduated student and telling her how you scraped through your exams in school and thought that you will never succeed in life. You will tell her how passion is everything in life and how your passion drove you to start your own business and made you a successful entrepreneur.
7. Banned from your girl gang
Few Years Earlier: Girls fight and they fight hard. Being banned from your girl group is one of the worst punishments to receive in school. The rude glares, cold shoulder, the seeing through you, and lonely lunches convince you that the entire universe in conspiring against you. Life seemed bitter and unbearable.
Few Years Later: You will sit in your office pantry eating your lunch by yourself and wondering why you were afraid of sitting alone as a kid. It is so cool to have some time to yourself. More importantly, handsome guys are more than willing to share the table with a lovely single girl.
8. Someone spotting a pad in your bag
Few Years Earlier: You felt anxious by the mere thought of someone knowing that you have started menstruating while your most of your friends did not even know what chums are. If anybody saw that colourful rectangle pouch in your bag, you were doomed. You would go prepared few days before the actual date to avoid carrying anything in your pocket to the washroom. You did not want anybody to have the slightest idea that you have become a woman.
Few Years Later: You will not only forget your date but will also find yourself looking for your female colleagues to help you with some essential commodities required during ‘those’ times. Embarrassed? What for? Every girl goes through it. Big deal!
9. Having bigger assets
Few Years Earlier: The new development of bodily features in a woman must have embarrassed you initially. The growing bump over your chest and below your spine made you wear loose clothes to hide them. You started walking with a hunch only to subdue the attention that the developing body parts had been getting. The thought of wearing a bra unnerved you and you wished you were a boy who never has to face such evident signs of adolescence.
Few Years Later: You will gloat over the fact that your ex-boyfriends’ current flame is no match for you when it comes to being blessed with curves in all the right places.
10. Sex education sessions
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Few Years Earlier: You hated your school for keeping sex education talks, especially with boys. You prayed to be absent on days when such sessions were held. You feigned ignorance on any topic related to reproduction.
Few Years Later: You will thank your stars for having compulsory sex education in school and totally avoiding the trauma of having to discuss the facts of life with a parent.
If you think, a students’ life is tough, then think again. Time heals all wounds. It is just a matter of time and the change in perception that make life simple and easy. If you have had any embarassing moment in school then do mention below we can both laugh at it.