15 People Talk About Things They’re Proud of but That They Can’t Talk About

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A lot of us have done or accomplished things in life that we can’t tell other people about for one reason or another.

Maybe it’s job-related, or something to do with school, or it’s something totally top-secret that no one can know about.

But deep down you are proud…you just have to keep it to yourself.

AskReddit users shared their personal stories…

1. Nobody needs to know that.

“In 2009 I walked in a commencement ceremony for my bachelor’s degree, but later found out I didn’t pass my last 2 classes so I didn’t receive my degree.

I never told anyone, and life happened so I put it off. I started going back to school and had to take a few extra classes, but I finally finished my last classes and filled out my graduation application today!”

2. You’re doing a good thing.

“My mom died 13 years ago and I became a teacher about 10 years ago. I work in a district with a lot of families in need. I use the money that I would have used to buy her a gift and buy something for a child in need.

Normally it is a winter coat or hats and gloves for Christmas and in the summer I buy gift cards or send someone to camp.

None of my coworkers or family members know I do this.”

3. Nice work!

“A Wikipedia article to which I contributed significantly got over a million views earlier this year.”

4. That’s a great thing.

“I’ve all but eliminated my problems with erectile dysfunction that have plagued me all my life.

Staying in shape and being well mentally makes a huge difference. And obviously so does experience and knowing my body.”

5. Meet my son.

“When me and my basketball coach met some scouts. He introduced me as his son.

I almost broke down on the spot.”

6. Fan fiction.

“I wrote a fan fic that got almost 10k kudos on archiveofourown. And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, it was also absolutely filthy smut.

To people who want the story, I don’t want to expose myself more than I already have :’). You can still find it on AO3 but I really am quite embarrassed about it.”

7. A big flex.

“When I graduated college I got a job offer with the CIA. I didn’t actually take it but it’s a pretty dope flex that I can’t tell people for obvious reasons, most notable one is that I dontwanna come off as a pretentious asshole.”

8. Clean and sober.

“A few of my close friends and my boyfriend know but no one else, especially not my family. I have been clean from drug addiction for a year and a half!”

9. Keep it going!

“I’ve lost 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks!

Only 243 more to lose!”

10. Forget about the haters.

“I’ve been losing weight, but it’s hard to tell people. My dad has been a jerk about my weight ever since I was a kid. I wasn’t even overweight, nor was I even close. My body type makes me muscular instead of thin like my other female relatives, but I was fine.

Then cancer hit, and I gained about 70 pounds of chemo weight. I only have 25 pounds to go before I get back to my original weight of 168. Anyway, I’m proud of myself, and I’ve been trying really hard. I even gave up sugar.

But I can’t really talk to anyone about it, especially in my family. Everyone in my house is super fit, and they make a competition about everything. So my little victories wouldn’t mean jack to them.”

11. We’re glad you’re here.

“This’ll probably get buried but not committing suicide. Seriously contemplated it for a few months and made a plan but didn’t go through with it, ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made.

Sorted my life out and found something I enjoy doing, also met my wonderful girlfriend and became an auntie!”

12. A good deed.

“There was a guy with Downs syndrome ahead of me in line at a mom and pop’s sub sandwich restaurant, trying to pay for his (already prepared) meal with a Subway gift card.

The people running the store didn’t speak much English and couldn’t get through to the guy that he wasn’t in a Subway. I just paid for his meal, much to the relief of the people behind the counter.”

13. Free at last.

“I’m 24, about to turn 25, and just paid off my student loans. I worked super hard and lived cheap in school to pay for a lot of things out of pocket, and have done the same since graduation in order to pay down the loans I did have to take out as fast as possible.

I told some close friends and got a mix of responses ranging from just “congrats” to “must be nice” and “brag about it.”

I don’t mean to brag or anything, I was just happy and felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders, like I can finally start living life more fully. I understand it could be hard to hear a friend is debt free while you still have loans to pay off, I guess I just hoped they’d be happy for me since I would be happy and excited for them in the same situation.”

14. Help each other out when you can.

“About 10 years ago I was at a gas station getting gas (what a surprise!) I was inside going to pay in cash with a $20 when the lady in front of me who had a small coffee and 5 bucks in gas was trying to pay with her card.

It kept getting declined and she looked so rattled. Not to sound rude but by what she drove and how she looked, you could tell she didnt have a lot of money. So i just told the cashier that I got her and she was so thankful.

I never told anyone because it would feel like it did it to brag but I was just happy to help someone who needed it.”

15. School days.

“I “walked” in my college graduation knowing I was short a couple credits because hello? I’d already been to 3 schools in 4 years so there was no way could tell my parents.

Luckily, I went to a very large state school so “walking” meant standing up when they said “the college of liberal arts and sciences.””

Those responses really bring out a lot of different emotions, don’t they?

How about you?

Do you have certain things in your life that you’re proud of, but you can’t tell anyone about them?

Talk to us in the comments, please.