The time I was ashamed of myself was when I was arrested for trying to reason with a utility worker who came to my house.
One of our utilities was turned off. I thought my then wife had paid the bill and she thought I did. A woman came to our house to reinstate the utility. When she went to turn it back on, she said she was unable to do so.
I tried to reason with the woman. I closed the door to my house and asked the woman can’t we work this out. She called her dispatcher. I immediately opened the door and let her out.
I said some things I now regret. After calling her dispatcher, the police were notified. They came to my house and I was charged with keeping the woman against her will. The entire thing was 30 seconds.
It is something that changed the course of my life. My eventual conviction has kept me from finding work, played a major role in the end of my marriage and likely cost me custody of my children.
One 30 second mistake has influenced the remainder of my life. We all have things in our life we are embarrassed or ashamed of. Many or most don’t have to have it have a major impact on the rest of their life going forward.
I wish potential employers, romantic interests, and the court could look past my mistake. I regret it tremendously. I did not hurt anyone. I hope if someone commits the same mistake in the future they will not be judged as harshly as I was.
We often judge people based on a piece of paper. One action in our life should not define us as a person. We should be judged by the entire sum of our actions throughout our lifetime.
I hope that in the future this will be the case.
In my job I am on my own. As someone who is self-employed I am on my own for insurance. I usually work alone and seldom have face to face contact with others.
The flexibility is great, but the having to be alone most of the time is some that is very difficult. I am often on the road getting stuck in traffic, or home on the computer for hours at a time without talking to another human being. It can be emotionally taxing work without enough financial reward.
Because the position is self-employed, I am required to front all of my expenses. I contact potential clients, go to networking events and connect with others online. Nothing I do seems to be enough to retain or acquire clients.
The constant rejection is often tiring and makes it difficult to have the drive to succeed each day. It can often make you wonder what you have to do to be successful.
Connecting with other people is vital for any business or freelancer. It can often be defeatist when new clients and jobs do not come through. If you want security its better to find a more steady job.
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I have lived an ordinary life with some extraordinary experiences.
I have lived an ordinary life with some extraordinary experiences.
I grew up in two affluent suburbs. I loved where I grew up and loved where I went to high school. I was a below average student and average athlete.
I was never good enough to play high school sports and I was barely a good enough athlete to get into college.
I have been lucky as an adult to travel to some historic locations and participate and attend in some amazing events.
I grew up as part of a high achieving family. It’s something I generally am not. My family doesn’t always accept the average person. They expect success and often don’t accept those that don’t reach their level of success.
The majority of my life I have had to deal with significant anxiety and mild depression. It’s something I battle everyday. It often makes getting things done tougher and takes far greater effort for me than the average person.
The last few years have been particularly difficult. I had to go through an illness with my ex, holding our family together as a result, her filing for divorce and then getting custody. This exacerbated my anxiety and depression. Relationships of all kinds have always come difficult for me.
I’ve never fit into my family. Most of them have not so transparently looked down on me. I don’t fit into their mold of what someone should be. I’ve been called a martyr by my mother and lazy by my father.
I’ve always struggled to find a way to fit in with whatever group I am a part of. This includes, family, friends, work, school etc. As a writer maybe I am better off staying to myself and continuing to write.
Your High school reunion is coming up. Think of the one person you really don’t want to see there. Write a letter to that person about what happened back in high school, and how it makes you feel even today, this many years late.
I did not have to wait for my high school reunion to experience this. A few years after high school and right out of college I worked with a classmate of mine i did not like.
It wasn’t a matter of something specific that happened in high school it was more a matter of how he acted and his personality that rubbed me the wrong way.
I was more or less anonymous in high school. I was passive and fairly shy. I wasn’t involved in a lot of extracurricular activisties and didn’t really know too many people well.
In the case of this particular classmate, he came up to me in the back office and asked why I hadn’t said hello yet. I always thought he didn’t like me and therefore we only would interact as needed.
I learned people grow up and how something might have made us feel in the past, doesn’t have to be prevalent in our present and future.
The biggest position of power I have ever had, was running a local sports league that had about 120 teams. The games were played from Sunday through Thursday nights. Friday nights were make up games for rain outs. The two summers I was in charge were the rainiest summers ever locally
I was in charge of doing payroll for the umpires and staff, setting policy for the league, updating the standings and keeping in touch with the captains and their needs and the needs of the players.
The position gave me more confidence in myself. Being in charge of other people in the hardest thing to do in any job. Not only are you in charge of your own work, you are also in charge of any work of the employees you supervise.
I remember one particular instance when one of my staff members made a mistake. My boss and his bosses asked me if I reprimanded them for it. When I told them I had already discussed it with the staff member they were pleased that I had already worked with the staff on the issue.
Being in a position of power, authority, responsibly when things go well is very empowering and when things go well is a huge confidence builder. It didn’t propel me to higher positions, but at the very least, I knew that I could do that job and do it well.