I keep trying to think of the things I accomplished, and I look back and see them as blessings from God. I have been blessed with some good career success, and at one time I would have been immature enough think that was me, but I can now see it was God. The family, a blessing from God. Most everything a blessing from God. If I had to point to anything of accomplishment it may be surviving some rough patches in childhood, into adulthood, with good attitude, eventually becoming a contributing member of society rather than becoming a burden to society. Let's just say my parents had some of their own challenges and issues, and so there was parts of my life where I was left raising myself and my younger brother, starting around age 10. Somehow (God) I made it through high school with good grades, and college (working, scholarships, and loans). Neither my brother or myself turned negative or used our childhood as excuses to do bad things, or blame our parents for anything. They tried, they loved us, but they were only human, given to some of the weaknesses of humanity, that at times left us alone; or on guard through the night for violent situations. It has been a long time since I had to sleep with one eye open. It now seems like another life, someone elses life that I had a chance to witness up close and personal. I also suppose that maybe that's why I liked "IT" so much, the fear associated with survival at a young age, when children should be thinking of other thoughts. Sorry, TMI.
For some of us, making it to adulthood as a functioning individual was quite an accomplishment. You DO deserve some of the credit for that. :smile2:
I'm late chiming into this thread, not sure how I missed it. Beautiful postings, beautiful supportive people here!! My children are my greatest accomplishment without a doubt. They are well adjusted and happy, something I never was a child. Although my husband drives me crazy most of the time, I guess it's something we've been together almost 20 years, I never thought that would happen. Although it may seem small, I'm still so happy I joined this board. It has restored my faith in people to a certain degree because there is so much support here. I respect all of you who open up your hearts, this is a great place to be!
I'm glad you're at the SKMB, Ally, and I know I speak for most everyone else. Anyone who doesn't appreciate my speaking for them, too late! (Thankee, Mod!) You've accomplished having friends and loved ones, haven't you? According to many wise people, that's almost everything there is.
I read this thread with interest, and, like many others, I feel my accomplishment I'm most proud of is my little family. Our lives are busy, stressful, manic at times, and the fact that my man and boy are still the people who I'd rather curl up with at the end of each and every day makes me so happy. That, and getting through each work day without stabbing my nit-picking ocd infested boss with a fork, I also consider a major feat :wink2:
I'm proud of all of you! :love:
My biggest accomplishment was helping to get the Department of Correction to recognize Paganism/Wicca/Etc. as a legitimate religion in prisons. Until my fellow Pagan clergy and I pressed the matter prisoners who wanted to practice were not allowed to do so. I worked with a group at a minimum security prison, too. I think I changed lives and I'm very proud of that. Also, because the DofC recognized them, the Dept. of Defense finally did.
Here they are, my daughters Adelaide and Jillian. Not only am I ridiculously proud of my girls, I am pretty proud of these photos I took of them! What is funny to me is that both of the pictures are completely out of character for them, the normally volatile Adelaide looks so at peace with the universe, and classic "good girl" Jillian looks so mischievous...it should be the other way around!
They are adorable--you've got a lot to be proud of. :smile2: