Yesterday, I cleared the 642-813 Switch exam. To be honest, It is was the most brutal Cisco exam I have ever taken to date. Although my preparation was not as long and thorough like when I took the 642-901 BSCI exam last July 2010, I was just happy to pass and that’s it. It took a lot from me to hurdle this exam, I had to culture a lot of effort and patience, the qualities I always fell short in every aspect of my life.
Keeping the Promise
When we were kids, my sister had a small paper back dictionary. The title, I barely recall but it goes something like Dictionary of words that don’t mean what you think, to that effect. It was like the ancestor of Urban Dictionary before Al Gore invented the Internet. You know I’m joking about Al Gore inventing the Internet, right? Going back to Urban Dictionary’s ancestor on paper back, it had an entry regarding promises:
Promises: Are like snowballs, easy to make but hard to keep.
Too young to grasp the satire, the entry prompted a vivid winter scene in my head . I can see myself wearing winter clothes with matching scarf and ear muffs. What the hell, snow in our backyard! My puny hands in snow gloves shaping snow, round and round, filling our wheel-barrow with snowballs of promises that glowed in the dark. Even at the start of summer, the snowballs remain intact inside my grandfather’s barong-barong along with his pack of juicy fruit gum, melon candies and some pack of cigarettes he used to smoke under my mom’s radar. It is the first thing to pops out of my head whenever promises are mentioned, or discussed in context. I avoided making promises that I couldn’t keep, like the adults that seem to keep one in handy and use it carelessly when they need to shut a kid’s mouth.
Back in 2008, I promised myself to complete the exam requirements for CCNP before my CCNA expires in July 2011. If you look at the picture below, you will see the huge gap from the time I took my ICND2 until I took BSCI which is one of the prerequisites of CCNP. During that span of inactivity, I had doubted many times if I would ever keep my promise. I was preoccupied with the wrong things, until a good friend helped me regain track. Thank you Berns!