As long as I can remember, I have appreciated to have been born in Finland. There are numerous privileges in being a Finnish citizen, so many that I’m not going to bother in trying to list them all, but I’m going to tell one of the most important ones in my opinion: Finnish school system.
I’m also going to be honest with you, back when I was a student, I didn’t always like going to school. But looking back at it now, seriously, I’m happy to have put even the amount of effort in school that I did. I was a good student, who could’ve become a really good student, had I not fallen in love with skiing. 🙂 Back when I graduated the Ruka Alpine College of higher education all the doors were open for me. Then I injured myself and ended up disabled, I had had a profession, which I couldn’t practice no more. I thought for a second about the huge amount of work I had done for educating myself. I wouldn’t most likely be ready to study myself any other job, either. Was it all for nothing?
Now I’m sitting in front of my computer, typing this blogpost for you in English. A language, which I could’ve never learned without school. After the injury, I wrote a successful Finnish book of my survival story, where did I learn the Finnish language? – In school. When I think about it, my schooling is still playing an enormous role in my current life.
My schooling is not ready yet, though. I even applied to college back in 2012, but after applying I got the idea of the FightBack. I did the entering exams to a school in Turku, missing the school by 3 points. Would’ve gotten in to my second option, but I was too into this FightBack. I wanted to go all in, in this first and then study, maybe later… 😉 I feel like I can even educate myself by reading good books a lot, too.
I have a profession nowadays too, I’m a public speaker, and I rehabilitate myself. I fight back. Otherwise I’ve been trying to reduce the things I do. I’m just trying really to succeed in the two of these.