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Happy International Men’s Day!, I am a 17 year old boy and want to ask all the men here, What makes you feel proud about yourself?

Happy International Men’s Day!, I am a 17 year old boy and want to ask all the men here, What makes you feel proud about yourself?

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  1. Hey bud. Thanks for the well wishes.

    I honestly haven’t accomplished anything particularly important. I’m not a change the world kind of guy. But when I was your age I had a lot of grown up authority figures telling me I was loser and would never amount to anything. One teacher even said my classmates could find me in 10 years pumping their gas.

    I’ve never worked pumping gas. I’m not rich or famous. But I’ve never been to jail, I don’t go out of my way to fuck with people. I make more than the average person in my state, own a home, and have my shit together 99% of the time.

    I’ve learned the expression ” live to impress yourself”

    If you can do that, you have something to be proud of, I think.

  2. I’ve done things that I never even thought I’d do. For instance when I transferred from community college to university, I started playing rugby which I had no experience with and little experience playing a sport. As I’m getting ready to graduate in a few weeks, I think that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

  3. I accomplish the things I set out to accomplish by working hard towards those goals.

    I don’t blame others for my problems and I take responsibility for my situations, even when it may be easier to whine or lament about all the unfair things in life.

    I am open to changing my goals/plans as I go.

    I get along with nearly everyone, by actively trying to find good things about each person and not dwelling on or bringing up things I don’t like about them or things we don’t agree on.

    I know who I am, what I need to work on, and where I am strong, and as such am comfortable with myself.

  4. Grow, evolve, mature. I’m a very different person than I was at 20, 30 and 40. Don’t become stuck in your ways, habits or thoughts. Constantly challenge your beliefs and ask yourself is there something more?

  5. I am honest with every woman I meet and even if I get screwed, the next woman would appreciate my blunt honesty.

    Edit: blunt honesty isn’t about hurting someone. It’s about being blunt with yourself about how you have been hurt, and finding common ground by accepting that women too, feel pain.

  6. I have an incredibly broad knowledge base, when I step back and think about it.

    I’m a programmer, so I have a lot of the tech knowledge that comes with that, but I also work on cars, and houses. There’s more, those are just some some general categories.

    I don’t know anyone who knows how to DO as much stuff as I do, except for my dad.

    More importantly, I get to feel useful a lot. For example: My friend bought a house, and we installed a new back door (where there was no door before), and built a new kitchen, with custom walnut countertops I did myself.

    It’s a really nice feeling to be able to help the people I care about with all kinds of things, from computers to cars, to houses. I deeply enjoy that feeling of usefulness.

    I’ve never encountered anything I couldn’t figure out, once I set my mind to it.

  7. Providing for your family. And I don’t have children. My income supports my wife, my animals, both of my parents and both of her parents.

    Which also happens to be the order of importance.

  8. I have empathy, I’m not ashamed of who I am or judged others for who they are (to the best of my ability).

    Most importantly, I am accountable for my actions. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but never shirked my responsibility for the consequences.

  9. Knowing that I am passionate about something, and I take care of those close to me as much as myself. Can’t forget that if you can’t take care of yourself you ain’t taking care of anything.

  10. I have successfully avoided all of the tropes that would have derailed my life and caused me to be hooked on drugs, spending time in prison, or living with an incurable disease. Even after living in an abusive home and marrying an abusive wife, I found my way out and I am better for it.

  11. Hey man, i aint got a lot of achievements in life, but i’m proud to say i’m a good honest person that’ll work hard and do right.

    A little advice, find something practical you really enjoy doing as a hobby, on those slow days or the hard days you have a go to place of comfort and flow just for you.

    For example i took up electronics, and now i fix vintage record players for funzies (and a little side money)

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