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  1. #81
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Albemarle, North Carolina
    I'll keep mine kind of short. This decade was a decade of self change and discovery.

    After always being brilliant in school growing up, I dropped out of college for performance reasons.

    Got a good paying job.

    Seen both my grandfathers pass away to cancer and alzheimer's.

    Saw my mom struggle through addiction to alcohol and pills and come out of it clean after almost 50 years.

    Changed religions 6 times. (Fundamentalist Christian, Christian, deist, a couple I'm embarrassed to list, and now agnostic or atheist depending on the definition used)

    Changed political positions 4 times. (Alt-right, center right, center left, and now liberal)

    Went from a conspiracy theorist to not believing in any of them really.

    Went from anti vaxx to pro vaxx.

    Re-discovered my love I had growing up for chemistry and biology.

    Discovered I have ADHD and suffer from depression which explains why I failed so hard in college. I couldn't focus and was too depressed to ever leave my room for days on end.

    Next decade will be about starting fresh. I plan on going back to college at age 30 in the fall of 2020. With the help of medications I'm confident this time around will be different.
    Last edited by JNort; 11-24-2019 at 04:51 AM.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" -Stephen Hawking

  2. #82
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    Next decade will be about starting fresh. I plan on going back to college at age 30 in the fall of 2020. With the help of medications Iím confident this time around will be different.
    Iím confident youíre correct. Youíve found your true identity, solved your critical issues, and developed a great plan. Your willingness to publicly share your productive journey is also another positive indicator.

    Please let us know if we can help. Iím a finance geek and a PM away if you ever desire.

  3. #83
    If I can hold out about five weeks longer, I will have avoided posting a list of my many impressive (so many I've forgotten at least half of them) achievements of the past decade. The teaching nuns at The Convent of The Sacred Heart always chastised us with, "Nobody likes a braggart."

    Not that it will be easy, though.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  4. #84
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Undisclosed
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    If I can hold out about five weeks longer, I will have avoided posting a list of my many impressive (so many I've forgotten at least half of them) achievements of the past decade. The teaching nuns at The Convent of The Sacred Heart always chastised us with, "Nobody likes a braggart."

    Not that it will be easy, though.
    The better question is, what hasnít weezie done this decade?
    "We're only tourists in this life
    Only tourists but the view is nice"

    -- David Byrne

  5. #85
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    I'll keep mine kind of short. This decade was a decade of self change and discovery.

    After always being brilliant in school growing up, I dropped out of college for performance reasons.

    Got a good paying job.

    Seen both my grandfathers pass away to cancer and alzheimer's.

    Saw my mom struggle through addiction to alcohol and pills and come out of it clean after almost 50 years.

    Changed religions 6 times. (Fundamentalist Christian, Christian, deist, a couple I'm embarrassed to list, and now agnostic or atheist depending on the definition used)

    Changed political positions 4 times. (Alt-right, center right, center left, and now liberal)

    Went from a conspiracy theorist to not believing in any of them really.

    Went from anti vaxx to pro vaxx.


    Re-discovered my love I had growing up for chemistry and biology.

    Discovered I have ADHD and suffer from depression which explains why I failed so hard in college. I couldn't focus and was too depressed to ever leave my room for days on end.

    Next decade will be about starting fresh. I plan on going back to college at age 30 in the fall of 2020. With the help of medications I'm confident this time around will be different.
    Those are some powerful personal evolutions. Some people can go all or most of their lives without really interrogating why they believe what they believe, let alone changing their beliefs based on some sort of external input or internal soul-searching. So, good for you! Care to share how, why you changed so much?

    I've had some decent movement...and one side of my family one generation back all violently and thoroughly rejected the Catholocism of their youth by their 30s...but nothing like what you describe.

  6. #86
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    I'll keep mine kind of short. This decade was a decade of self change and discovery.

    After always being brilliant in school growing up, I dropped out of college for performance reasons.

    Got a good paying job.

    Seen both my grandfathers pass away to cancer and alzheimer's.

    Saw my mom struggle through addiction to alcohol and pills and come out of it clean after almost 50 years.

    Changed religions 6 times. (Fundamentalist Christian, Christian, deist, a couple I'm embarrassed to list, and now agnostic or atheist depending on the definition used)

    Changed political positions 4 times. (Alt-right, center right, center left, and now liberal)

    Went from a conspiracy theorist to not believing in any of them really.

    Went from anti vaxx to pro vaxx.

    Re-discovered my love I had growing up for chemistry and biology.

    Discovered I have ADHD and suffer from depression which explains why I failed so hard in college. I couldn't focus and was too depressed to ever leave my room for days on end.

    Next decade will be about starting fresh. I plan on going back to college at age 30 in the fall of 2020. With the help of medications I'm confident this time around will be different.
    My God I'm boring. Just paddling along in the middle of the river where no one seems to be anymore.

    At least in one sense I will be starting the new decade fresh. I have two brand new knees to take on the road.
    Last edited by camion; 11-25-2019 at 10:11 AM.

  7. #87
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Skinker-DeBaliviere, Saint Louis
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    Saw my mom struggle through addiction to alcohol and pills and come out of it clean after almost 50 years
    Everything you said is heartwarming but this is particularly so.

  8. #88
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada (Ohio born and raised)
    Helping to raise two daughters, 3 and 1, with a boy on the way. Truly the most important thing in my life and the only thing I really care about. I had an opportunity to make about $40k more by traveling Sunday- Thursday for a job but turned it down in a heartbeat. Some might call it silly but spending time with my little girls is the greatest gift of all. No money can replace it. Looking back at my childhood, the most important thing I remember is my dad and mom always being there. My dad would come home covered in black crap from the mill and look tired as hell after his long day. He never once complained and he always played with my brother and I. The greatest gift a parent can give a child is time.

  9. #89
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    You mean itís not? Then why do I have all these lawnmower beers?
    And why else does my lawn tractor have a cup holder?

  10. #90
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    I'll keep mine kind of short. This decade was a decade of self change and discovery.

    After always being brilliant in school growing up, I dropped out of college for performance reasons.

    Got a good paying job.

    Seen both my grandfathers pass away to cancer and alzheimer's.

    Saw my mom struggle through addiction to alcohol and pills and come out of it clean after almost 50 years.

    Changed religions 6 times. (Fundamentalist Christian, Christian, deist, a couple I'm embarrassed to list, and now agnostic or atheist depending on the definition used)

    Changed political positions 4 times. (Alt-right, center right, center left, and now liberal)

    Went from a conspiracy theorist to not believing in any of them really.

    Went from anti vaxx to pro vaxx.

    Re-discovered my love I had growing up for chemistry and biology.

    Discovered I have ADHD and suffer from depression which explains why I failed so hard in college. I couldn't focus and was too depressed to ever leave my room for days on end.

    Next decade will be about starting fresh. I plan on going back to college at age 30 in the fall of 2020. With the help of medications I'm confident this time around will be different.
    JNort, you've had major challenges and huge changes along the way. I'm sure none of that was easy. But now you have a plan and ambitions - hurray and wishing you much success and happiness!

    Not until age 33 did I start turning my life around, so you are 3 years to the good!

  11. #91
    JNort, I'm an idiot.

    You go, man and make us all proud. Keep fighting.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  12. #92
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Keep a low profile. Don't attract any undue attention.

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