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Old 11-01-2010
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Firstly would have to be my beautiful little daughter, but can't really take all the credit there, the effort was only half an hour of mine and 9 months of someone else

I think the thing I'm most proud of is that although I am completely socially inept and a bit scared of the world I have still managed to travel extensively and got to see and experience many different cultures. Some of the places I've been: Cuba, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Thailand, US, all over europe. Although again, I can't take a lot of the credit for that, I have a very good friend who drags me around no matter how crap I'm being...
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I think the thing I'm most proud of is that although I am completely socially inept and a bit scared of the world I have still managed to travel extensively and got to see and experience many different cultures. Some of the places I've been: Cuba, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Thailand, US, all over europe.
Thatís what I hate most about SA, all the places I want to visit but canít yet. Oh well, the travel fund keeps growing, so itíll be ready when I am.

Iím proud that Iím basically an optimistic person, despite having a problem that would probably bottom-most-people-out.
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Thatís what I hate most about SA, all the places I want to visit but canít yet. Oh well, the travel fund keeps growing, so itíll be ready when I am.
Do like me and find a travel buddy to help you along the way, I'm sure there are like minded people here who would love to hook up and travel together to help each other out.
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I don’t know if my SA spectrum or whatever will allow for that. One of my biggest fears is meeting people. I think I could travel across the globe alone before I could meet someone from the board. :/
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Young codger

Breaking two minutes for 800 metres as a twenty year old
Finishing in the top 100 in Sydney's City to Surf.
Winning a team silver medal at the State Junior Road Relay Champs, and showing good sportsmanship by steering the team that won in the right direction when they went off course.
Running 33:12 for 10km

Old Codger

Studying mature age, and getting high distinctions
Working towards and securing the purchase of many important areas for conservation
Co- discovery of many new plant species
Rediscovery of Eleocharis tetraquetra, believed to be extinct in NSW
beating panic attacks
having my speculative fiction published on line and in print
being published in the botanical literature

beating a chronic knee injury
taking three years to rebuild my wasted leg muscles
Running for the first time in over twenty years.
Breaking 40 minutes for 10km as a 47 year old.
Running 8 half marathons as a master, best time 88:19
winning a bronze medal in the Australian Masters 10000m track championships
Winning a bronze medal for 35+ teams for the Sutherland Club at the NSW Half Marathon Championships
raising money for charity
Finishing 1011th/68000 people in Sydney's City to Surf 2010
being brave in the face of crippling anxiety
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beating panic attacks
beating a chronic knee injury
taking three years to rebuild my wasted leg muscles
Running for the first time in over twenty years.
Breaking 40 minutes for 10km as a 47 year old.
raising money for charity
being brave in the face of crippling anxiety
Wow, that must have taken masses of determination, you absolutely should be very proud, hell, I'm proud of you
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Wow, that must have taken masses of determination, you absolutely should be very proud, hell, I'm proud of you
Cheers Looking Forward. Thanks or the thread, it's really helped me get over how badly I've been feeling about myself the last few weeks.

We've both done allright haven't we? When you put a life in that positive perspective
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The only thing I am any good at is playing guitar and computers. I am pretty hopeless at everything else.
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Firstly would have to be my beautiful little daughter, but can't really take all the credit there, the effort was only half an hour of mine and 9 months of someone else

I think the thing I'm most proud of is that although I am completely socially inept and a bit scared of the world I have still managed to travel extensively and got to see and experience many different cultures. Some of the places I've been: Cuba, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Thailand, US, all over europe. Although again, I can't take a lot of the credit for that, I have a very good friend who drags me around no matter how crap I'm being...
How did you manage to do that? As for me I have a good family. I have lived in three countries.
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Old 11-03-2010
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I used to be proud of having gotten straight A's for 23 straight marking periods when I was a kid. But I've realized that I only accomplished that because I was afraid of not being good enough.

Other than that I haven't really achieved anything, despite showing early promise. I can dabble in nearly everything, but I still haven't found one thing that I'm great at. Maybe that's my achievement?
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Yar come join the drones and sing 'we're still here!'... despite everything that has happened, we are still alive and there's still time to be who we want to be.
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I did not turn out like the other men in my family.
I will carry that pride until my death and so will others.
I may get depressed frequently but I don't take my troubles out on others.
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Very inspirational thread.

As for me :

- Travelling abroad alone.
- Two friendships that will last until we die - i can't see it any other way.
- Getting distinctions for my academic work.
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Old 11-04-2010
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Firstly would have to be my beautiful little daughter, but can't really take all the credit there, the effort was only half an hour of mine and 9 months of someone else

I think the thing I'm most proud of is that although I am completely socially inept and a bit scared of the world I have still managed to travel extensively and got to see and experience many different cultures. Some of the places I've been: Cuba, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Thailand, US, all over europe. Although again, I can't take a lot of the credit for that, I have a very good friend who drags me around no matter how crap I'm being...
Thats awesome man. I have the same aspirations to travel when I graduate college. I think what I'm most proud of is my martial arts training. In under a year I excelled up to 6 belt levels. Now I'm only 5 away from being a black belt.
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In under a year I excelled up to 6 belt levels. Now I'm only 5 away from being a black belt.
Wow, thats really impressive, remind me to never piss you off...

I've always wanted to learn some kind or martial art.
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I have a lot of achievement in mind, but can't quite make them a reality untill I've got some stable funding. I'll first have to get a job. Which, incidentally, is right around the corner. I'm waiting for a call from them..

It's a special-program job, meant for people with traumas/fobias. Merely getting myself here mentally took me years. So I guess getting the (special) job is in itself an achievement that will help me realize my other achievements. :3
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I am currently building and managing an innovative online education system for one of the top 25 business schools in the US. I'm expected to be the "expert", and it's a tremendous responsibility because there is no one to clean up my messes.

There are days I just feel like I'm going to break, but I guess I'm managing fine so far... just one day, one hour, one objective at a time... like clockwork. There are times I feel like I've stopped feeling, like I'm no different from the computers I work on. Just carrying out orders, reporting data, and moving ever onward. I am so scared that something will go wrong because it will be all my fault... but I can't let myself think about that, it's just depressing and will make things harder. Deep breaths before and after meetings... with the occasional "bathroom break" during them. :P
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having a job that pays well
having university 2 degrees (bachelors and masters)
being bilingual in Japanese and English
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I am currently building and managing an innovative online education system for one of the top 25 business schools in the US. I'm expected to be the "expert", and it's a tremendous responsibility because there is no one to clean up my messes.

There are days I just feel like I'm going to break, but I guess I'm managing fine so far... just one day, one hour, one objective at a time... like clockwork. There are times I feel like I've stopped feeling, like I'm no different from the computers I work on. Just carrying out orders, reporting data, and moving ever onward. I am so scared that something will go wrong because it will be all my fault... but I can't let myself think about that, it's just depressing and will make things harder. Deep breaths before and after meetings... with the occasional "bathroom break" during them. :P

Hey, thats sounds really interesting, I'm a software developer too, for the biggest software house in the world, the one we all love to hate
I know exactly what you're feeling, its really scary working on something that so many people are going to be relying on, but you already know you are good at what you do so trust yourself. I find that although I'm retarded in meetings, people don't really care because they respect my knowledge and the code I produce. To be in the position you are in means you are obviously great at what you do so be proud of yourself...
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Hey, thats sounds really interesting, I'm a software developer too, for the biggest software house in the world, the one we all love to hate
I know exactly what you're feeling, its really scary working on something that so many people are going to be relying on, but you already know you are good at what you do so trust yourself. I find that although I'm retarded in meetings, people don't really care because they respect my knowledge and the code I produce. To be in the position you are in means you are obviously great at what you do so be proud of yourself...
Everyone tells me that I'm good at what I do, and to some extent I can't deny it's true. I love programming and working with computers, plus online education is something I've always been interested in... but I worry that I may not be "good enough". I feel like the "slightest" problem could shut everything down. If I make a mistake, our system could be hacked, shut down, hijacked, and while in most cases I could probably have it up and running again, that would not only be extremely embarrassing, but could also cause huge legal issues. I'm sure it's just paranoia... My boss values me greatly, and he says all the time that he couldn't replace me... I just wish my subconscious could accept those facts too. I'm sure I'd feel better if valuing myself was an internalized thing, and didn't require conscious effort. :P

I think you should be proud to work for Microsoft, assuming that's who you meant lol. I think that the majority of people bash Microsoft and other companies like that so much because they are so big and wide spread. Think about it, if there is an issue with Windows, it affects almost everyone, so naturally lots of people make a fuss about it. People can say what they want, I don't know what I'd do without Microsoft. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Mac or Linux hater at all. No company or product will ever be perfect, they're all made by people after all. I figure why should I complain so much when something goes wrong? What program, web page, or game have I ever made that was bug/glitch free? None.

You're part of the largest and most famous team of programmers in the world! I'd imagine a lot more people will experience benefits in their lives from your and your team's programming than anything I've ever helped program. Every program has flaws and a lot of bugs just can't be found until the software is thoroughly tested in the field. You just can't test every scenario "in a lab" (or in the IDE, in the case of programming). Thank goodness for updates! (well, thank goodness for the ones that don't result in blue screens of death, lol)
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