September 2022, worldwide

“What are you proud of in your life and why?” (series)

This is a collection of answers that people have sent me during the last weeks. This collection will be updated continuously. To be part of it, send me your answer and your age to


No. 16
“I am proud that I was able to think critically at a young age and left the cult I was born into and now live an independent, happy life and study for a Master’s degree.”
(23 years old, female)

No. 15
“I achived many things in life, but nothing made me more proud than birthing my daughter and being the first to hold her, like a animal in the wild. I felt so powerful and like I was reborn with her.”
(35 years old)

No. 14
“I have finished my apprenticeship as a road builder and still work as such.”
(22 years old, female)

No. 13
“I am proud to have healed myself. My eating disorder shaped part of my life. Why am I proud of it? Because I consciously gave up my role as a victim, and chose to live my life on my own terms. Because I gave myself permission to heal.”
(29 years old)

No. 12
“That I overcame myself in the thermal bath to get into the 8 degree cold water pool twice for a few seconds. It wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. I thought, if I can’t even master this small challenge, how will I manage the bigger ones?”
(31 years old)

No. 11
“I am proud of my strong will. I have been through things that most people can’t even comprehend, and I am proud to say that my will never fully broke. Even at the worst points, I found and made new reasons to fight. I am alive and even thriving due to my iron will, even after surviving horrible things.”
(25 years old)

No. 10
“That I have faced the blank sheet and the associated thoughts, emotions and today have regained some of the freedom of that time when painting … That I despite all the heavy always try to include humor 😉 ”
(32 years old)

No. 9
“Despite what happened to me, I have a great life and most of the time I have a positive attitude 😊 I’m so proud of that.”
(27 years old)

No. 8
“My kids, each and every one has found their way in life and live it.”
(57 years old)

No. 7
“I am proud of the fact that I managed to break free from dysfunctional family patterns and thus got to know my true personality and what I want in life. The basis for what followed; The thing I am probably most proud of: My relationship. This is how I was able to get to know my husband first and have been leading a healthy, respectful relationship at eye level and under mindful communication for 6 years now. Before that, and without the path of confrontation with myself, my family and my environment, I would never have been able to allow and live such a great love.”
(39 years old)

No. 6
“What am I proud of in my life? That I can be a role model for others/younger; if I made it through, you will too. Or to put it another way; why shouldn’t you make it? Despite my path and past, you can manage to leave something positive in your life.”
(26 years old)

No. 5
“That there are people and animals for whom my voice carries weight, who count on me and trust me in all situations. Why: because it means genuine appreciation that is freely given. And which I have also earned to a certain extent with my honesty and loyalty.”
(unknown age)

No. 4
“Made the decision 14 months ago that I needed help from a psychiatrist. After 6 months of therapy I realized for the first time that I suffer from an atypical form of PTSD (incl. anxiety disorder etc.). Made the decision to forgive my tormentor and during this time I then met my girlfriend. (A few weeks before).”
(23 years old)

No. 3
“Listened to the most hated person in the office on day X, understood, helped her and now we don’t hate each other anymore. Sometimes a little extra love helps against office dragons. Felt like a hero! 😎👍 ”
(31 years old)

No. 2
“To have made my father proud.”
(16 years old, female)

No. 1
“There are a lot of things I am proud of, but most of them I have kept to myself. One of those things is that I have managed to build incredible resilience, work through my trauma and heal myself. None of my family members or friends know that.”
(17 years old, female)


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