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What Are You Most Proud of in Life and Why?

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I've been pondering this recently, if I were to be struck down by a terminal illness, what would I reflect on in my life with any fondness. I instantly ruled out work, fuck if you're proudest moments are at work then you're not enjoying life enough in my humble opinion.

Perhaps bizarrely, my proudest moments are all tinged with a sense of bittersweet achievement. Going to Australia in 2015 on my own after a breakup, getting married to someone I didn't really know and all the traveling I did because of it. It's all made me a much more reflective instead of reactive person. I'm in a good relationship because of it.

I'm fortunate to have good friends I can visit in other countries around the world and that makes me feel proud because I remember what my life was like before that. In 2012 when I signed up to TFF I was living with an ex but basically as a lodger, barely went out and certainly couldn't have envisaged traveling as far I have. The simple act of getting into a certain genre of music drastically changed my life. I'm still a cunt. But I can handle that.

How about you?

 

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100% definitely being a 'GamesMaker' at the London 2012 Olympics. Handing medals out to athletes who had trained a number of years. Being their at the pinnacle of their success be it Gold, Silver or Bronze which they received. The adulation and praise that GamesMakers received before, during and after the Olympics was something I'd never felt before. I have that feeling that I can say 'I was there' on Super Saturday (where GB won shit loads of medals, especially golds). It wasn't just the medal-giving which gave me pride, though. It was meeting and working with new people and maintaining those friendships still to this day. The team I worked with were amazing. Everyone had a positive attitude and everyone together knew how important it was to each other and to the athletes taking part. To say 'I was there' and being in the thick of it while the whole Olympic Games took place gives me the ultimate pride. 

Will dig out some pictures for you all...

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I'm rather proud at receiving four conditionals and an unconditional offer from some of the top universities in the country. More of a back-up if things go wrong but I'm very proud. Although insignificant to some it proves that I defied the odds and proved the mental health professionals who suggested I'd amount to nothing wrong and worked hard to get this far.

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23 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

A medical professional suggested that ''you would amount to nothing?'' - what the fuck xD

Pretty much. Doesn't fill you with much hope. :41_pensive:

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On 12/03/2017 at 12:32, Cure said:

I'm rather proud at receiving four conditionals and an unconditional offer from some of the top universities in the country. More of a back-up if things go wrong but I'm very proud. Although insignificant to some it proves that I defied the odds and proved the mental health professionals who suggested I'd amount to nothing wrong and worked hard to get this far.

Well done mate, I hope you got through uni and perused your desired career path. You deserve it.

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TF365 Member of the Year 2019 without a doubt.

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Good point about your proudest achievements being work then you’re not living enough. Mine used to be work up until a year or 2 ago.

Mine are 2 easy things. And sorry to be boring and predictable. But number 1 is my daughter without doubt. Because of the the way she’s changed me for the better and still continues to do so, still kind of seems surreal. 
 

Then number 2 is getting over a looooong time of grief and depression after my father passed away. Because I wasted many years in self destruct mode. 

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Depends on what your job is - I don’t think people can play down other people’s achievements or proud moments without knowing what change or differences they have made.

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3 hours ago, Toinho said:

Depends on what your job is - I don’t think people can play down other people’s achievements or proud moments without knowing what change or differences they have made.

Spoken like a true educator :twothumbsup:. I think I'll do my job for the rest of my life, and that there's nothing wrong with being proud of that. Obviously if I had kids or was even married or something then that would take precedence but that's just not the order my life has gone in personally. 

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On 12/03/2017 at 12:32, Cure said:

I'm rather proud at receiving four conditionals and an unconditional offer from some of the top universities in the country. More of a back-up if things go wrong but I'm very proud. Although insignificant to some it proves that I defied the odds and proved the mental health professionals who suggested I'd amount to nothing wrong and worked hard to get this far.

 

On 01/02/2021 at 12:18, MUFC said:

Well done mate, I hope you got through uni and perused your desired career path. You deserve it.

That's an oldie post you reacted to @MUFC lol, Cure now comes under the name @Robbie in here and came back aboard in November last year and I bet he can tell you how he got on at University. :D

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15 hours ago, CaaC (John) said:

That's an oldie post you reacted to @MUFC lol, Cure now comes under the name @Robbie in here and came back aboard in November last year and I bet he can tell you how he got on at University. :D

I got on quite well at Uni! I got a 2:1 (just off the first class) and ended up carrying on and doing a Masters degree. Sadly I'm doing it from the 'comfort' of my bedroom but it's a step in the right direction! Not many people opted to do one, and decided it may be a good option in June when it was too late and the places were gone. I count myself lucky! 'Desired career path' is difficult. At 21, I still have no idea what I want to do. I'm a bit like the wind and I'll turn my hand to anything. I'm planning on moving away from the old home town once lockdowns have ceased and I'm planning to get into things like the theatre and back into my music leisure wise: career wise, it's anyone's guess. I'll take any blessings.

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In terms of concrete achievements, getting a traineeship as a lawyer.

Over those 5 years of uni there were a lot of sleepless nights, terrified mornings, brain-fryingly confusing classes, embarrassing public slip-ups and defeats, painful reality checks, trains to Edinburgh and Newcastle in badly fitted suits, bewildering corporate recruitment days, brutal interviews, excruciating efforts at "Networking", and awkward shuffles away from any convo that wound up discussing which firms everyone's parents work for.

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Giving birth to our daughter Charlotte.

I don't need to give a reason why, the parents out there know.

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About a decade ago I had a pretty horrible cocaine addiction that was sort of driving my life. It often felt like my life was going off the rails - and a lot of the time it probably was. I'd cut ties with good people because I'd become a piece of shit and most of the people I was calling my mates were absolute lowlife scum. And had I kept hanging around that crowd only focused on where I could get more beak... I'm sure my life would be extra shit.

I'd had a big wakeup call when some of the people I was calling my pals at the time got themselves into some serious trouble... and I very narrowly avoided being involved with any of that shit. But that shit happening and a few days of sobriety were really eye opening. I cut ties with bad people, I re-established ties with friends and family that I'd neglected.

And that was the start of me having a different outlook to how I approached life... I started thinking and planning about what I wanted in the long term. I went back to hobbies I'd neglected in the pursuit of getting as fucked up as I could, like guitar. I threw myself into my studies and turned my grades around at uni pretty massively. It was the start of a long road to take me away from the shit part of my life I wanted to get away from. And that's what I'm most proud of - because now my life is very different from where it probably would have been if I didn't have that wakeup call.

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14 hours ago, Inverted said:

In terms of concrete achievements, getting a traineeship as a lawyer.

Over those 5 years of uni there were a lot of sleepless nights, terrified mornings, brain-fryingly confusing classes, embarrassing public slip-ups and defeats, painful reality checks, trains to Edinburgh and Newcastle in badly fitted suits, bewildering corporate recruitment days, brutal interviews, excruciating efforts at "Networking", and awkward shuffles away from any convo that wound up discussing which firms everyone's parents work for.

Loving what you do is a good way to get past hating how you have to get to it :hh:

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