A Promise is Just Like a Piece of Test Paper...
"A promise is just like a piece of test paper". Do you agree?
Different people have different takes on "test papers". Some are frightened to hell when they're sitting for an exam, while some go through it so casually, it is as if sitting for exams are like sitting on the toilet bowl. lol
Strangely enough, I do not fear test papers, but rather, I see it as something noble.
You see, a test paper's ultimate presence is to test your knowledge and your skills. So does a promise, if you think of it that way.
When you are faced with a test paper, depending on how well you know your subject, you can write on the paper as smooth as possible. On the contrary, if you're so unfamiliar with what you have learned, you will find it so hard to finish.
The same goes with a promise. Depending on who you're facing, and depending on what you're promising the other party, a promise can be as easy as being tested on 1+1 = 2. You make that simple promise, and you fulfill it easily. And vice versa.
And here's the trick. Sometimes, promises, or test papers, if you may, are not as easy as you think they are.
I'm sure you all have been through exams... And you all should know how challenging and tricky the questions can be. It might seem to be a simple question, but you might get tricked into giving the wrong solutions.
I've made a promise with my friend the other day. And I renewed the promise last night because I thought I wouldn't be able to fulfill it today. Turns out, I was able to fulfill it. But the other party wasn't. According to the renewed promise, we would catch The Avengers next week because, initially, I thought the cinema wasn't showing it today. And my friend, she said she was too tired to be able to catch it today as well. However, when I gave the cinema a call just now, the cinema happened to have several empty slots left.
I have wanted to postponed it to next week, keeping my renewed promise, but when my parents have fought just a few hours ago about bringing me to the cinema, how do I have the nerves to tell them, "Hey, can I just watch it next week instead?" when we are already at the cinema?
I did try, though. But my mum said, "You better watch it today or else there won't be any other times."
I really wanted to keep my renewed promise. But I can't. I could have just lied to my parents that the tickets are all sold-out, but I seriously wouldn't want them to argue over me again. The feeling of knowing that two harmonic people have argued over you isn't that fun at all.
And so I watched The Avengers. The movie was great, but something was missing. And I had no idea what it is...
After the movie ended, I called my mum and told her to pick me up. While waiting for them, I kept walking around (because I just cannot stand still) and I even ran up and down the overhead bridge to clear my thoughts.
At that moment, I must have dropped my house keys. I only realized that my keys aren't with me when I arrived home. What makes things worse is that I even twisted my leg from all the running. I guess that is the price I have to pay for breaking my promises...
A promise is like a piece of test paper... And I have failed my paper today.
What would you do if you've done your best in your exam and still, in the end, you couldn't pass? Do you just keep the test paper and forget about it? Not me. I get my test paper back and I mourn over it. The period of mourning might not be long, but I will always keep this failure in mind. To remind myself to not fail again. To ensure that I will try my best next time to pass. And not only just a pass, but I need to pass with flying colors as well.
I'm sorry for not being able to keep to my promise today, friend... But next time, next time I will do my best to ensure that not a single promise is to be broken again...