An Open Letter to Regulation

Dear Regulation,

I am done with your games. I’ve studied. I’ve given up my life. My phone is perpetually on silent. My email accounts closed. I’ve played your silly games three times now. Fourth time is the charm? Oh you better believe it.

I’m sick of failing by only a few points. I’m sick of being tired because of studying. I’m sick of my muscles being stuck in the perpetual sitting-at-the-computer position. I am ready to feel the burn of a good run again. The burn of the sun, heck just seeing the sun again would really be lovely.

I dread my early morning alarm clock wake-up because I know “REG Studying” is the first thing on my to-do list each morning. I want to be able to answer that Monday morning question “did you have a nice weekend?” with a “YES!” for once.

I would really love to have a life again. I miss human interactions outside of work. I miss hanging out with people for fun. I want to be able to say “yes” to impromptu plans, or really just plans at all. I heard about these great things call friendships and romantic relationships…thanks for taking those away from me.

I never want to climb into bed with my review notes or study books again. Oh, and I’d like to be able to…get this…read for fun again. Don’t laugh, I heard it exists.

I promise to appreciate my “CPA” certification (if/once obtained) with all my heart. With my handfuls of failing scores, I know I truly will. Those letters will mean more to me than anyone else can know. I also promise to never brag or boast about that certification.

I made all the sacrifices from the start, did everything I was told to do to ensure I would pass. So why are we here again? Why the torture? Weeks from now (maybe months thanks to the new score release) I’ll be torturing myself wondering about scores. Pacing back and forth, trying to calm my nerves. Having that internal struggle of “should I look…would I rather not know if I failed?”

Oh the wonderful things to look forward to.

We are not friends.

Warm Regards (hey just trying to be polite),

PS: I’ve never liked taxes…yeah, I said it.

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Joe 12 years ago

She's cute.

Anne 12 years ago

I'm right there with you, REG is a pain. I never understood why anyone would choose to be a tax accountant, I just assume they're crazy! You can do it Virgina, don't lose hope!

Tom 12 years ago

This. All of this. With maybe the exception of running. I'd like more time to program, but whatever. Very eloquent and pointed letter, Virginia.

Matt Shoobridge 12 years ago

You can do it Virginia! ...I love reading your post.

Barry 12 years ago

You are so hilarious.....

Dung Nguyen 12 years ago

You are not alone. I am in the same boat. I hate FAR

Nisha 12 years ago

I feel as we have a quite a bit in common...20 somethings, studying at the crack of dawn, morning people, OH AND PLEASURE reading...I love reading your blogs..its like there is someone else in my shoes as well. I just got home from taking BEC for the second time and I can not tell you how much of a failure I feel. I got a 74 the first time and this time I feel like I didn't score anywhere near a 70 something. I didn't tell anyone in my family that my test was because it added to unnecessary pressure...and now I have to fake a smile and webcam with them because I don't want to disappoint them. Oh the life of studying...this is what you do to me.

Kandis 12 years ago

I feel the same way about REG! I took it in Feb and got a 71. I just took it again on 4/15 and I'm still not sure that I passed. I know that I did better on the MCQs but the sims that I got were just awful... Oh well, here's hoping! Taking AUD on 5/27 so there's no time to think about REG. I really miss reading books that I enjoy. I miss being able to not feel guilty for enjoying a weekend. Even when I make time to do something fun, I always have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind saying "you should be studying right now." Can't wait for that to go away!!!

Howard Treesong 9 years ago

Virginia, what are you doing this weekend, and does it involve wearing a lovely flower dress?