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All in one : My story from the start!!
Antonin posted a topic in Gambling StoriesAll in one : My story from the start!! My name is Antonin, I'm 25 years old, I come from France ?? and I am a compulsive gambler in recovery (6 months gamble free) My life has never been easy for me because as a kid I was a bit shy and I never had many friend because of that I had a lack of confidence in myself I didn't want to talk to anybody and the only thing I wanted to do was to go on my computer and play video games I had a gaming ? addiction, the only game I wanted to play was FIFA 07 to 14 (song) (completly stopped at 19 years old) I always thought nobody was like me ? At school before 15 years old, while everyone enjoyed to play sports and talk to each other, I used to stay on my own I thought that I could never be a "normal" person ? At 15 years old, I used to talk ?️ a bit more and I had some really good friends I used to play soccer a lot, I was very good at it Some people wanted me to play in a club but I was still a bit shy so I never did When I look back now, I regret it ... ? ? At 20 years old, One day, my father told me : "Antonin, if you want to do something with your life you must learn English ???????, it's very useful" Few months later after we found a place where to go, I was in england to learn the language No need to tell you how hard it was to speak english but I had no choice and I should manage this on my own After 7 months over there, I'm not bilingual yet but I can have a conversation with an english person So, I came back to France ... ? At 21 years old, After all these years, I've experienced traumas in childhood including : Parents getting divorced ?? and Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) ? I found a job so I could earn my own money but I was introduced to online gambling not long after my first pay check And here started the worst period of my life When I look back, I escalated into a compulsive gambler very quickly I had money in my bank that I could spend with no thought I had no idea what the gambling addiction was On a night I had been winning more than €6000, it was like a dream , I thought I could make a living from gambling ... I can still recall that high feeling I ended up losing it all. I always wanted to get it all back, no matter what I always chased my losses . I always thought I was smarter than the Casino I've spent all that time and energy gambling online, dealt with emotional lows of bad beats I sacrificed food and sleep. I was gambling to make some money As we all know, it doesn't work that way, it couldn't be the case ... I used to make large bets €400, €600, €1500 on a roulette spin. I was hoping for a hot streak. By then, I was usually exhausted and just really wanted to get my money back or losing it all More than often, I would lose it all ? I would always minimize my losses, saying I lost €400 when in reality that was €3000 At the end I lost arround 30k in total ? ? At 25 years old, ? 4 March 2019, I finally quit gambling, and since then my life has improved a lot When looking at the difficulties that I have faced I can see in retrospect that these challenges ultimately made me stronger and taught me some important lessons ** The benefits ** ?️ - I've got confident in myself and clearly a different person - Money ? in the bank to do whatever I want - Family now trusts me - I've plans - No more mood swings - More time to see my loved ones - More time to do hobbies I liked before (soccer, bike, design) But why I was gambling I was gambling in order to escape from negative emotions. These emotions include loneliness and boredom I was rushing off to my gambling site to "de-stress" after a hectic day at work Once the session had begun, this intense focus on play is a powerful distraction, and personal problems seemed to miraculously disappear Gambling is such an effective means of distraction, a powerful means of escape, that I didn't see my gambling as a problem in my life I believed it was a part of the solution ... The reality though, is that gambling plays a detrimental role in the lives of gamblers. It can cause a range of harms, financial, health issues and emotional problems Understanding why I couldn't stop once I had started is a crucial step in quitting gambling Every now and then, I get the urge to gamble but it's far less as it used be and now not a problem If I ever get the urge, I know the consequences and that's enough not to gamble Where I am now I'm living ultimately a better live The fact I quit gambling is a huge thing I don't get worried to pay my rent and bills I stay busy all the time so I don't think to gambling The peace I have now without gambling is enough to stay away from it A friend of mine couldn't believe how much I'd changed during all that time ? The message I have to tell to the compulsive gamblers : ? One thing that makes your dream become impossible : the fear of failure If your determination is fixed, I suggest you do not despair The great things are performed by perseverance Say to yourself every single day : "I can acheive EVERYTHING I want to do" It's not easy but you're better than that YOU want a better life but nothing can happen if you don't want it. Only you can change. I was like all of you, not better, not worst, I thought it was impossible to quit BUT I was wrong ... IT IS POSSIBLE TO QUIT!! To this day, ? 30 august 2019, I hope that anyone who suffers from this evil addiction gets the faith to quit Gambling ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ This community TGC is now like a part of my life and I will always be thankful because I have met people that I couldn't ever met in my real life Well done and thanks to the owner of this site for making this happen @Rocknrolla. One of the most kindest person ? Thanks to the mods and admins, especially @MrUKHackz You're doing a fantastic job? Thank you to the members, ALL of them, especially @david1111 you're amazing, no matter what, you've always been by my side and @Bangers to show me the way with the others who have followed my thread : Everything is lost again : I'm lost!! Thanks a MILLION!!! Much LOVE ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
This sceptre Isle
Solario333 posted a topic in The Non Gambling LoungeWe often do not realise we a re part of a much greater creation. Our world is a small planet in the middle of a vast area of cosmic wisdom. we are all of the same species ,but have travelled a different and varied route to be here today . Our backgrounds both divide us and unite us ,as we move in areas of familiarity and distrust that which we do not understand. people move amongst us with expectations , some to contribute and some to demand. Since we as an island nation are known to be both hostile to foreign invaders from centuries gone by , and even hostile to people from another part of the country, it is a natural feeling of unease when our way of life is asked to embrace different cultures . We are also welcoming to those who choose to come and share their world with us . So it is our history that divides us , that teaches us to oppose the integration of our society on equal terms with people from foreign soil, yet many of our closest friends are from near and far shores..... So the answer is LOVE and it always will be . Division is rampant in all areas of this world because inequality gives rich people the means to make more money . This is the root cause of historical divisions between all races , and the cause of current bad feelings around the world. inequality is the curse of our age . No work , no education, little food , no drinking water , and despots living in luxury 10 miles down the road. We can only help the people we know , in our street , our daily life , our families, our friends , and those who have shared our lives . We don't need to do more than help those who are in our immediate area , because if everyone did this then there would be no inequality , no hunger , no pernicious antagonism in the faces of those we pass in the street , no silent challenge that says we don't care ..... Because we care , we always did...... but our society is based on greed , not need , on nepotism , not worth , on narrow and shallow thought designed to keep us apart from our own species , so that the rich may reap the reward . How many movements or events record the shameful and humiliating treatment meted out recently in the USA it will serve as a reminder that we have entirely failed to observe that we all come from a common source and need each other , as friends , as partners ......to share this wonderful journey called Life. This violence reared its head today in Glasgow, and once again the folly of division had married the opportunity of anger to lessen our ability to live together in peace. SAY YES TO LOVE ---- it is and always will be the only answer..... for everyone equally. TO MAKE THIS A WORLD OF PEACE EVERY HUMAN BEING MUST CHANGE --- WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE IN THE MOMENT.
FOR EACH OF US THERE IS A PATH
Solario333 posted a topic in Off TopicFor each of us there is a path . Sometimes our families are the greatest stumbling block to freedom, for we live our lives in their footsteps. wanting to meet their expectations , to measure up to our siblings , to be respected and to be a part of the family . But often the circumstances of our lives makes us deliver our weaknesses to the fore, and we fail to measure up. Our parents may be cruel in not acknowledging our struggle....because for them it was the same. Emotions are held back and turn into hidden anger which ends an outlet in drink or drugs....anything to stop the feeling of being diminished by those you love. And yet the parents cannot see the damage for they have damage too. Who will yield ?? Who will put themselves last ?? Only those with love in their hearts can do this, by moving away, standing alone, and forgiving the past . Only the moment can heal you. The trees , the sun , the sky does not judge, you are free to meet the expectations of the waves as they crash upon the shore, each one blessing you with a moment of Peace. This is now. This is Life. This is what you must do . Live in the moment. Forgive your family. Love them for bringing you the sun, the sea, the sky and above all the beauty of a new day as each dawn shakes the dust from your mind. Let go of the past for all love is in the moment.
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Antonin posted a topic in Off Topic"Gambling, like any addiction, is a distraction because you don't know what to do with your life. The most important resource you're given is time. Determine what you want to do with your life and how to spend your time getting what you want out of life. You have to do this every minute, every hour, every day of your life. If you don't know what you want, you'll end up with a life you don't want. Nothing in life happens by chance. You have to work hard for the things you want." Be free to post yours !
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