You know, Mr. Roxy, my problem with you, is that you're trying to ruin it for everyone else with your bitterness.
You were the one who started talking about personal stuff, so to try and "connect" with you on that, I started sharing things too. If you wanted to skip that part, you could have done so.
Again, it's all about priorities. You have your priorities, and that is no longer along the lines of FSE. You already have your priorities straight (excelling at work, raising a family etc), and you keep saying you are pretty happy because you are well compensated and all...but then just why are you so whiny? Seriously dude, we could use a little less.
Did you even take the FSE and try to pass it at all? So...you've experienced a few rejections in your life, and then you start blaming everything on outside forces. You say you're no longer interested in working for the DFA etc etc, but you say it is a part of your long term goal...and then you say you are happy where you are, and compare yourself to others who are supposed to have 1-upped you on certain things, but then it turns out you're still doing better. -__-
Just, wth dude. I don't see how it's relevant.
No need to keep telling us how you're actually better off now...that you're happy...and that you're happy. And oh, and that you're happy. You're already convinced, no need to convince others. It shouldn't matter.
There are a few things that we can learn from your experience... We shouldn't just pin all our hopes and dreams on just one thing (especially if you have greater responsibilities)...that we should not put "all our eggs in one basket". It's not all happiness and frills. Life is hard, and competitive. There are a lot of things that do not "make sense" because...life, more often than not, is unfair.
I'm not just being a stupid optimist. I've had my share of hardships. It's not a contest. I'm not trying to compete with you. I'm not even trying to come off as being "better" than you. I've laid things down from my perspective. Your call center comment is irrelevant, but I appreciate it. Just so you know, I don't look down on such a job. I know I'm better suited in other fields though. I wouldn't want to go off "stealing" people's jobs. Eh pano yan, kung lahat na ng tao, kahit na yung mga galing sa "big three" ay gusto call center jobs, eh di competition nanaman yan :P Pero nga naman, hindi rin naman sa "school" yan, right, nasa tao.
Just please, a little less negativity. Tone it down. Leave the rest of us to dream...and experience the good, and the bad.
(PS: Useless FYI - Nag-ROTC din ako, at thankfully, masaya siya for me. Masaya kasi ang mga naka-ROTC ko. Loved the spirit of camaraderie. Nag-champion pa kami for AGTI ...also, I'm not that great with math :P but I did very well on my majors. One of my few regrets would be that I had not given as much effort as I know I could have. Had I pushed myself more, and believed in my abilities, I know I could have been "awesome" instead of just "very good".
PSS: I wish for more happiness coming you way. Sana rin you can already accept things (your past is past, and that's reality) and get over the bitterness in time. )
As for everyone else reading this thread, Sorry for the drama. Hope we can move on to more relevant discussions :P