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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
What specific thing have you done that impressed yourself? Something you didn't think you might ever accomplish. Or maybe you didn't think you were brave enough to do it. Is it something that normally you wouldn't have followed through with and this time you DID! What thing can you think of that you are darn proud of???

This time I"m letting you all go first. I'm posting a bit late tonight and I think my brain is asleep...lol

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White Beard
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   Posted 2/9/2010 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   

I went into the Air Force right out of high school, ( I did not want to get drafted and go to Nam in the Army) Anyway I was a lousy student in High school. Well when I retired from the Air Force after 22 plus years! I was 40 years old, I decided to go back to school and become a Regestered Nurse. So I did! The lowest grade I ever got in any of my college classes was a B and I only got one or two of them! Far cry from my old high school days when I barely graduated! Anyway Graduating and then taking my license exam and getting my RN license was what I am most proud of! You see you can teach an old dog new tricks, and you are never ever to old to learn or to go back to school! And if I can do it anybody can! But that is what I am most proud of!

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   Posted 2/9/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
White Beard,

I am so proud of you. That was huge. I am glad that you accomplished these things. You are right, you can teach an old dog new tricks, as I am still learning. lol...

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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I returned to school, taking online classes, to become a Certified Event Planner. I have been planning events for years, but wanted the official paperwork, as I'm slowly starting my own business. I was terrified to go back to school, convinced I wouldn't be able to do it. I ended up with an overall A average at the end of the 2 years.

Yay me!!! And yay White Beard!! Sounds like you and I have very similar stories and MUCH to be proud of!!!
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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was in my early 30's, I learned to sail. I had always wanted to sail, but never had the experience. It just looked neat. But I also didn't have a boat. I did, however, live near Lake Erie so I had a place. I found that a fleet of small, single sail wooden boats had been built back in the 1950's and designed to withstand the open waters of a Great Lake. I found a used one, negotiated a deal with its owner, and found some local people to teach me. For awhile, I provided the entertainment for anyone sitting on shore, as I kept going around in circles! But I finally got the hang of it and it was a great feeling! Sadly, I only kept it up for a few years and eventually sold the boat. It was only a 14 foot dinghy, but I did have some great times. There's nothing like being on the water, hearing nothing but the hum of your boat as you glide over the water, or sometimes up and over the waves!


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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was the lowest grade point average student in my graduating HS class. Much later in life I went to collage, and did very well there, and soon afterwords started my Photography business. I never would have dreamed that I would be successful in ...let alone even start a business. My outlook on life is much different now, and realize that I'm capable of doing so much more, with a little confidence under my feet. There are so many people to Thank for my success though, and I will always appreciate those special people in my life that encouraged me. Its a wonderful life!....even if I have health problems!!

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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I think probably water skiing and snow skiing were my surprises. We live about 7 miles from Milford Lake which is lovely and huge. In our younger years we had boats and would take the family out and picnic and water ski and tube all weekend. We didn't do much camping because we were so close to home and I'm kind of a shower, ac and good bed kind of gal. Sometimes the hubby and kids would camp and I'd come home and replenish food and stuff the next morning. I must say that I did have a # of good old Milford Lake enema's before getting my very large butt (it was then) out of the water but eventually I did waterski and we all had fun.

The a group of our hospital folks went to Estas Park CO for a ski trip which was just a blast. I learned over a few days and again...I was considerably larger I can only imagine what those poor little kids must have thought when they looked and saw "old large marg" coming down the hill on the skii's without poles...they probably are suffering from PTSD!!!
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