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What are your proudest achievements?

  • 02-03-2023 10:39am
    Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭

    We're all working hard and trying to better ourselves every day. We're on a relentless quest for reaching our goals and we will stop at nothing to make it happen. But from time to time it's nice to sit and 'ark back on some of the good times and think of our achievements.

    For me it was:

    1) Buying my first house. Big deal to me at 30, felt like a real moment of "huh, I actually did it!"

    2) Winning a national title and getting selected for a national squad at my sport of choice which I won't doxx myself by naming.

    3) Getting through college, didn't like it much but got through it with a first in the end.

    4) And an odd one maybe lol but getting out the craziest loudest and smelliest fart ever actually came out as visible green smoke believe it or not lol

    5) Setting up my own business

    What about you? What have been your proudest achievements?


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,797 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    definitely accepting professional help in regards mental health issues, and just learning to accept myself, im a far happier person since these decisions, by far my most proudest achievements....

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Still being alive and able at almost 80 years old,

    Given the way my life and health have panned out that is a sheer miracle of God''s grace that I never stop giving thanks for. So I am careful with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    thomil.. I think that we who have had to really struggle are all the more focussed and stronger? My very promising teaching career was cut short by a misdiagnosed and badly dealt with illness and after that life was a .....

    But I have survived and it changed my priorities and values radically. Life knocks us down.. but we find or create the strength to get up again. And are stronger in different ways.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,355 ✭✭✭corner of hells

    I think that’s your resilience and character, Grace.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,266 ✭✭✭✭Galwayguy35

    Wouldn't really call it a proud achievement but I was very fond of the booze when I was in my 20s and early 30s, used to binge drink every weekend but thankfully managed to come out the other side of it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,386 ✭✭✭NSAman

    1. Pulling a few strings and bending the rules a little to re-unite a brother and sister after 3 years in a war zone.
    2. being able to help my family in life.
    3. having the full trust of friends.
    4. being able not to give a damn what others think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,426 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    It might sound a bit twee but it has to be rearing our children, ensuring they got the education they deserved and seeing them grown to grounded adults with families of their own and not only the jobs they wanted but all working in caring occupations and doing very well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,023 ✭✭✭✭Donald Trump

    Stormy Daniels

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,350 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Coming 2nd in the civil service exam and the shock on my goodie two shoes sister when she was 35th In the same exam.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,437 ✭✭✭Sgt Hartman

    Buying a house at 40 with my OH is probably my biggest achievement. I should have done it years beforehand but better late than never. Also, I've pulled through and survived times where I was in the pit of despair, and I'm in a much better situation now than I ever was. My life experiences have also helped me become a much better person than I used to be.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Absolutely. It instils real values in us rather than flimsy ones... This last while I have been assured in many small(!) ways that I belong out here and am needed and valued. Just for BEING who I am and where I am... Oh and knitting red and green Mayo hats is of course a huge asset! lol... Ad astra per ardua..and it is not the falling down that matters.. It is the getting up again....A huge struggle but!

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Ah with a huge amount of support along the way..

    And moving to rural Ireland 20 years ago from overcrowded England was a master stroke..

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,564 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid

    I have a few including my academic and professional qualifications and publications - but two in my almost 48 year life stand out the most:

    Finally getting fully sober in early 2019 after almost a decade mired in worsening alcoholism and many stints in rehab. My drinking very nearly killed me and my loving partner was a critical support in helping me every step along the difficult road to sobriety after many, many false starts.

    Living on my own five days a week in the family home at 15 years of age in the early 1990s and learning to cook, do laundry, get myself up in the morning for school etc. after my mother died suddenly and tragically - my dad worked up in Belfast Monday to Friday and came back at weekends and both my older sisters had moved out (one abroad, another to a house share with her college friends) - I got great support from family, neighbours, friends of the family etc. and I wanted to show everyone I could do it and prove the naysayers at the time wrong - and I did!

    Between the ages of 15 and 18 I grew up very fast.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    One of mine, loooong ago, was graduating at University with a top second Honours degree,.. when university places, ie in 1961- 1964, were as rare as the proverbial hens teeth.

    3rd in a very large class

    My father had long since abandoned us and then my only brother died in an accident. I was determined to achieve as much as I could in spite of these events.

    It was English Honours with Greek and French as subsidiaries and very very hard work! Passing the Royal Academy of Dancing Intermediate Executant Full membership exam a few years later was icing on the cake, as was working on the pilot scheme to establish Classical Ballet as an O Level subject soon afterwards with the Hammond School in Chester. and the Royal Ballet School.

    Even the onset of the intractable major illness that halted my career cannot change these things.. No regrets.

    And finding fulfilment in other ways that life and faith provided in however different and muted a way. ie I survived.. and find joy .

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    I bought my own apartment a few years ago and paid for half of it up front from my own savings leaving me with a smallish 15 year mortgage which means I'll be mortgage free by 50. When I started the job I'm still in I had 45 euro to my name and no leaving cert but now I earn a decent wage and am content with my lot. There was a time in my early 20's when I was unemployed and terrified of how to get from there to home ownership and stability but I have managed to do it and it's undoubtedly the best thing I'll achieve in life.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    Two wonderful children

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,609 ✭✭✭✭BorneTobyWilde

    Another 24 hours

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    A timely reminder of a basic reality for all of us.

    Thank you.