How To Celebrate RESPONSIBLY! (PERSONAL)

Don's Golden Nuggets
3 min readAug 19, 2022

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐€ ๐‹๐ˆ๐‚๐„๐๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐๐”๐“๐“-๐Š๐ˆ๐‚๐Š๐ˆ๐๐†, ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐€ ๐ƒ๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Two weeks ago, I walked out of the Test Center a winner! ๐Ÿ†

With the sun shining down and a big smile on my face I got into my car, shut the doorโ€ฆand screamed! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

โ€œ๐’€๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘บ! ๐’€๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘บ! ๐’€๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘บ!โ€

I clutched the steering wheel, my body vibrating with unrelenting triumph! โœŠ

โ€œ๐’€๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘บ!โ€

8 months in the making! โœ”๏ธ

8 months of studying and test-taking! โœ”๏ธ

8 months of complaining how annoying the memorization was! โœ”๏ธ

But I stuck through it, because I knew how amazing it was going to feel getting to this moment!

And the moment was finally here: ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐จ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž! ๐ŸŽ‰

I felt invincible!

Empowered!

Fearless!

And I drove out of the parking lot without a care in the world! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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โ€ฆMoments later I look up, and there are flashing lights in my rear view mirror! ๐Ÿšจ

I had stopped at a stoplight, and while it was red I looked at my social media notifications. ๐Ÿ‘€

I admit it! I was on my phone while I was driving. I had just let some of my loved ones know I passed the exam so my phone was still in my hands. And, like Pavlovโ€™s dog with a bell, the red light was my habitual signal to: โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ; ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต!โ€ ๐Ÿ’ก

Because of this, I hadnโ€™t noticed the stoplight turned green. I also hadnโ€™t noticed the car which pulled up behind me was a police vehicle. ๐Ÿš“

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง! ๐Ÿ˜จ

To make a long story short, I pulled over, was upfront with the cop, and he gave me a minor citation. He said it was my honesty which spared me a bigger fine. ๐Ÿ™

Deflated, I tossed my phone in the glove compartment and headed home. Since then, Iโ€™ve pledged not to browse my phone while driving, not even at a stoplight. My ego wanted to protest, but the cop was right: ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐โ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.๐Ÿ’ฏ

So, while I did pass my Real Estate exam that day, I was also given a friendly kick-in-the-butt: ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ! โš ๏ธ

As Sam Harris puts it, โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜…

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Two weeks later Iโ€™ve upheld my pledge, and my Real Estate path is just beginning! ๐Ÿ™Œ

While my grandmother passed away last week, she knew how hard I worked to make this happen. Yesterday I looked in my drawer and found the necklace she gave me during COVID. It has my initials with a dog tag engraved: โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Grandma: This next chapter is for you! โค๏ธ

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