Regular readers know I’m not a big movie buff, can’t sit that long; I have a few all-time favorites, though not what you might expect. First is Gone With the Wind, followed by the original Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It’s from T2 that today’s title is taken – that classic movie moment when Schwarzenegger is literally terminating the bad guy, takes off his shades and says, “Hasta la vista, baby”, which has become an iconic movie line,
Within moments of completing my last biology assignment late yesterday, I was deleting, terminating, if you will, all record of having taken that course. Usually within a day or so, I burn a CD with all the papers, essays, whatever, and it’s my record of the experience. Not this one – I couldn’t wait to wipe away all evidence of its existence; even the textbook is already gone. And in the process of delete, delete, delete, the words “Hasta la Vista, Bio,” popped into my mind and I laughed out loud!! My nemesis is no more.
What was the problem? It was a combination of the course and the instructor and I can hear some eyes rolling and see a smirk or two. Truth is, it was absolutely the course design, vindicated by the fact that midway through, after losing several group members to dropping the course and numerous emails between instructor and remaining students, the instructor actually admitted that the course was being redesigned and would be a 16-week course in the future, not 8 weeks as I had it. I felt from the start that the work load was excessive; that was validated. Additionally, the tests, three and four a week, were complex, confusing and virtually impossible to complete in the allotted time. Enough said.
It’s done, gone and once this is posted, will never be mentioned again. I’m pretty good at accepting what is, as opposed to what I would like and am not big on whining. So I’ve done my time, that required course is history – well, it’s still biology, but no more for me – ooh, bad joke, but that’s okay, I made one – yay for me!!
The lesson here? You knew one was coming – persevere. While Scripture would be appropriate here, what is coming to mind is a line from an old Stone’s tune (must be that kind of day) “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” What I needed was to pass the course and that I have done, in the process getting the first C of this college career. Do I like it? You know I don’t, but I reached a point where I believed, as I told the instructor in an email, that the ROI on the course was negative. That being said, how much more effort was I willing to expend? The end result was expending enough effort to get that C and accepting that I do not need to be an A student. Who cares, really, besides me and perhaps the lesson is that my ego and pride needed attention. Gotta love the way the Lord works in our lives. I’m not claiming to know the mind of God, but it wouldn’t surprise me if our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom and what I believe to be a fantastic sense of humor, too, put me through this to teach me a bigger lesson than biology. Point taken, Father, lesson learned and I say with joy and laughter, HASTA LA VISTA BIO!!! Have a beautiful day.