I told people before the bar results came out that my saying I would pass was like saying I'd win the lottery. (Which reminds me, I really should go buy a ticket...) My point was that it really seemed to be a crap shoot where it all came down to luck.
That's really all anyone can infer from the results, even having passed. I do not have any basis to claim I aced it; I might have passed it by a mere two points.
But, self-critical though I so often am, I am allowing myself a bit of pride. Not for having passed it, per se, but because of the particular accomplishment it represents: I did it on my own. No study course, no provided study plan - I made up my own and did it. It may have represented the best study effort of my entire life. Well, I guess I studied well for the New York exam last summer, but that time seemed easier since it was done within the context of a course and surrounded by friends doing the same. I am grateful for the fellow bar taker I knew this time around who helped ensure I had access to the correct study materials, but otherwise this was an entirely solo adventure.
I did good.