#1 Posted by doltz (56 posts) -

So I just swapped the glass out my old iPad 2 and realized that I was super proud that I got it together and even did some trouble shooting to get it to work. I also looked at it and realized that it was kind of a dumb thing to be proud of.

So my question to you guys is, have you ever done something that others would consider trivial or mundane and been really proud of it?

#2 Edited by Monkeyman04 (1979 posts) -

All the time. Is breathing consider an accomplishment?

#3 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6500 posts) -

I went a week without masturbating once.

#4 Edited by MikaelBoogart (104 posts) -

Sure all the time. Yesterday I noticed that my mealworm breeding colony has finally produced hatchling mealworms. My contribution to this success? I put the beetles in a bin with some carrots and wheat bran. I changed out the carrots when moldy. I took the beetles out of the bin. I waited a few weeks. Oh also i made sure the whole thing stayed at room temperature by keeping it indoors. Huzzah! D:

I know it's not a big deal and it's probably more work to stop darkling beetles from breeding than it is to allow them to breed, but it's really nice to have a more or less free food source for my pet geckos. :)

Also, i had a phoenix down moment earlier this year when I realized the band The Beatles is an intentional misspelling. Like bass beat. Bass beat beetles. Seriously.

#5 Posted by doltz (56 posts) -

@mikaelboogart: that actually sounds like a pretty complex ecosystem! That's really cool!

#6 Edited by EuanDewar (5157 posts) -

It was properly hot this morning, bloody sweltering and it doesn't help that my room is always the hottest in the house anyway. So hot that even my dangerously thin and normally way too cold body was drenched in sweat. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment just getting out of bed.

Practically cheered when I managed to slip into some clothes after lying there for like an hour.

#7 Posted by MikaelBoogart (104 posts) -

@doltz said:

@mikaelboogart: that actually sounds like a pretty complex ecosystem! That's really cool!

Thanks man! :D

#8 Posted by falserelic (5725 posts) -

I've been talking with this chick at my job, can't stop thinking about her. I give myself a rock lee thumbs up.

#9 Posted by FinalDasa (2754 posts) -

Oh for sure!

When I was growing up my dad often let me hold and hand him tools but rarely actually try something myself. So when a small home repair (like a recently leaking shower head) comes up I take my time, look up the problem, and dive in to see if I can fix it.

Essentially learning something new or doing something new always makes me feel better. Slowly expanding my abilities and knowledge feels good.

#10 Edited by Counterclockwork87 (1024 posts) -

Yeah, it's called beating a video game!!

#11 Posted by BabyChooChoo (5989 posts) -

Does learning how to use Linux count? Because I did/am doing that. Every time I solve a problem that involves using the terminal in some way, I feel like a world class hacker or some shit.

#12 Posted by pyromagnestir (4401 posts) -

Yes. I make plenty of dumb jokes and am proud when they get some reaction. It's basically the only time I ever don't feel worthless.

#13 Edited by Balljingo (28 posts) -

Earlier this year I fixed a loose board in my back fence by hammering in a new nail instead of waiting for my dad to do it. I felt pretty great about it.

#14 Posted by pinner458 (1120 posts) -

I cleaned out the part of my bedside dresser that doesn't have a door on it the other day. Empty wrappers from pills I was taking for a while 2 years ago, receipts, loose change, old chewing gum (unchewed), pellets from a pellet gun I had when i was a kid(10 years ago,idk how), the cap off a foot spray, ear plugs, 3 broken lighters, a 4x4x4 Rubiks cube, ticket to a VIP area of some club i don't remember, a digital watch I haven't worn in 5 years, 2 permanent markers, a pocket knife, instructions for a 3x3x3 Rubiks cube, some other junk.

Note to self, tell this story at the next party I go to.

Other than that no, I've never been proud of anything ever.

#15 Edited by doltz (56 posts) -

@babychoochoo: I have that exact same feeling using Linux. Same thing when I rooted an android phone in osx using android development bridge and terminal

#16 Posted by ViciousAnchovy (830 posts) -

I'm ridiculously proud of my sense of balance, even though I don't typically do things that would make anyone fall over.

#17 Posted by Relkin (423 posts) -

A few years ago I shamed someone who cut in line (which was about eight people long) at a Suncoast Video and got them to go to the back. I had a big smile on my face for a few hours after doing that.

#18 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5906 posts) -

I've never been proud of anything.

#19 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5465 posts) -

I got excited when I reached 1000 wiki points.

#21 Edited by Teoball (731 posts) -

My apartment had been messy for a long time when I finally decided to do something about it this weekend. I got rid of all the mess and threw out a lot of crap I didn't need anymore. Dusted every shelf, vacuumed all the carpets and mopped the floors, walls and ceilings.

Now it feels kinda weird and empty but I'm proud of myself.

#22 Posted by BaD_KarAte (101 posts) -

I made a taco when I worked at McDonalds. It was good.

#23 Posted by thomasnash (827 posts) -

I performed a bunch of similar repairs to my old laptop. I had to replace the screen after it got trodden on. Had to replace the keyboard after it got a little bit of water spilled on it, and I had to replace one of the hinges after my cat knocked it off the sofa. It felt good to know I wasn't being wasteful.

But now it feels like it was a little silly. I probably spent about £80-100 repairing the thing, only for it to break totally a few weeks ago.

#24 Posted by Svenzon (875 posts) -

Does completing my bachelor's thesis count? Did that a few weeks ago, and I can't remember ever feeling proud of myself before that.

#25 Posted by millionthlayla (137 posts) -

Getting the hang of a more complicated game, mustering up the motivation to practice drawing a bit, and going outside are the first things that come to mind.

#26 Posted by mithical (397 posts) -

As someone with Depression one of the first things I had to learn was how to take pride in accomplishments that other people would think of as mundane. Yay, I showered today. Yay, I didn't nap today. Yay, I went outside today. That sort of thing. Nothing special to most people, but when you're depressed, these are truly accomplishments.

#27 Posted by mjk0104 (227 posts) -

I totally genuinely cried at a piece of entertainment, felt weird to be proud of it, but hey, nice to know I'm not some bitter twisted wanker.

Also, almost every time I manage to create a new tool or feature at work (We're a visualisation company), I feel really proud of how well it works and how useful it'll be. Then people try and use it and it breaks within a minute, but for that brief moment, I could make anything.

#28 Edited by OneFreeman (121 posts) -

@svenzon said:

Does completing my bachelor's thesis count? Did that a few weeks ago, and I can't remember ever feeling proud of myself before that.

It said mundane achievement, not the hardest thing you've achieved in your life so far!

But congrats nonetheless!

#29 Edited by Heycalvero (208 posts) -

Hell, any sort of home working accomplishment brings me loads of stupid pride. Like fixing the sink and stuff.

#30 Posted by TheAcidSkull (1026 posts) -

No, nothing is ever enough.

I went a week without masturbating once.

This is you, after that one week.

#31 Posted by Nasar7 (3153 posts) -

I get that feeling when I work on my cars. Anything you build or fix yourself feels great.

#32 Posted by Anonymous-poster (71 posts) -

I feel really accomplished when I tried to make rice. Don't know why but it was enjoyable

#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

I'm just proud if I can get a good night's sleep.