I've had two driving lessons on my renewed permit. I am not going back on this. I won't be stopped. So many times I stymied myself because I believed I can't and was chronically broke without ever stopping to think it may not be 100% my fault but that my life had outgrown a job that didn't cover my needs, I was more inclined to take it all on myself instead of getting help (I asked but usually didn't get, see the next point) and putting up with sub-par treatment because I believed I didn't deserve better. That I was a sub-par person and needed to prove I was good enough to be given basic politeness. You get schooled in some terrible ways from an early age...
I started breaking those down after every choice was taken from me three years ago. It's coming good now. The humble goals from seven years ago have been fulfilled. Get out of that job, get a chance to work in an office, be liked by the people, to not be the 'loser' who was bullied and left out, to live in a place without fighting and constant criticism. I even have a boyfriend and I don't have the same problems with him as I did with previous relationships and I even reduced the gaming and shopping addictions to the point they're not getting in the way of life.
I don't know what I truly want next, especially for a career, but being able to contribute to the first ever family home and get Mum's flat sorted is a goal. Also, how can you have a career in Australia without a license?
Have any of the published ladies and gentleman here ever considered making a 'Choice of...' Game? I think you can actually pitch an idea to them if you've already published. I learned of Max Gladstone and the Craft Sequence because I played Choice of the Deathless. On the Choice of website, two paid options are discussed. I suggest you all check it out because all of the authors here deserve the increased audience exposure and deserve some compensation!
Red Dwarf is based on a funny but tragic premise of the last living man, Lister, ever trying to make it back to Earth after being in statis for three million years in the vain hope of finding something like home to him. What makes it funny is that he's not alone. He's got a very un-HAL ship computer named Holly, a man evolved from cats who is simply The Cat (ever wondered what your cat would be like as a person?) a hologram of his former room-mate, Rimmer, and later has a self-blaming, genre-savvy cleaning robot/mother hen in Kryten.
Even in an unfair universe, Grant Naylor delivers their own brand of comedic justice. In Red Dwarf, everyone gets made fun of and Rimmer only gets it more because he actively tries to be nasty to the others and then gets insulted back. This made me laugh after being the butt of everyone's jokes and everyone's punching bag wherever I went for four years of both my childhood and adolescence. It was hilarious but it wasn't simply unfair or mean-spirited. If Rimmer was a nice nerd character, I really believe the writers would have given him an equal share of jokes. Most of the Rimmer-based humour is from him trying to be nasty or devious and having it backfire on him.
We are allowed to feel sorry for everyone too, even if, like Rimmer, they bring their problems on themselves.