Finn’s Life Advice Vol. 3

Your SU ENTS Officer Adam Finn is back with some ENTS updates and a bit of life advice.

Unbeknownst to myself, I’ve been dishing out a bit of life advice in my past weekly articles. It was never my plan to do this, all I know is that I have to write an article every Sunday to go up on Monday afternoon and sure enough, I sit down with a cup of tea and bang ’em out. I have decided to continue with this theme and keep providing nuggets of ‘wisdom’ and life advice to people.

So this week, I’m going to start off with the life advice of get to Oktoberfest UCC this week. For those of you who missed Oktoberfest Beag in town, or to those who just enjoyed it so much they want more, we’re bringing the first ever college one to you. Personally, I loved the one in town so I’ll be back, it’s cheaper, and it’ll be full of students, so I’m genuinely looking forward to this. €5 covers your entry, and we’ll have bratwurst, pretzels, German beverages, Bavarian style tables and all ze German vibes you could want.
PS. It’s on Tuesday – Thursday, but a ticket doesn’t mean you get to stay in the Old Bar for 3 days unfortunately.

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Now on to the life advice.

It’s 4pm in my house, and the morale is low. Ireland have been dumped out of the World Cup by Los Pumas, and it hurts. We were all hopeful, despite all those injuries sustained along the rugged path, despite losing our Captain, we remained hopeful. We topped the group even without Paulie or Johnny on the pitch, we believed in the Ireland squad.

Unfortunately, not everything in life goes to plan, and you don’t always get what you want. We wanted Ireland to progress to their first ever semi-finals of a Rugby World Cup, who knows, maybe even win the World Cup outright. But, that’s life, not everything goes to plan, not everyone can get what they want, not everyone can win the World Cup. Although I thought I was a shoe-in to win it back when I was nine years old.

We’ll all be in remorse for the day, or even a few hours, and I’m sure the players and coaches’ upset will last longer than ours, but we’ll move on, we’ll start looking forward to and building for the next World Cup. It’s not the end of the world, there’s plenty more triumphs to look forward to. We’ll learn from this experience and become stronger.

But this isn’t a Rugby World Cup advice column, it’s a life advice column. *wonders why people would take life advice from me*. At the end of the day, life has it’s ups and downs. It will have its moments where we feel invincible and they’re brilliant, but on the other hand, it’ll have those moments when you feel defeated.

It’s important to know that life goes on, it’s great to feel that emotion when things don’t go right, but it’s more important to be able to accept that it happened and move on. Life will move on and it will wait for nobody. As easy as it is to do, it’s essential not to dwell on one bleak moment, and let that define you as a person. It happened, it is in the past, it’s an experience. You must learn, and grow from this. You’ll be a whole lot stronger for doing so. The Irish rugby team will recover and move on, and if you can try follow suit, it’ll make the world of difference.

Actually, scratch that. Scotland just lost by a point to a penalty in the final minute.


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