Personal Achievements: Build Your Next Steps and Stand as High as You’d Like

As I look to complete my Essential Epilepsy Information Idea, I believe it could be an important task that will help me gather some further recognition for my writing – something that I am looking for at the moment. I’m getting a bit of help from others beforehand, but what’s released on my website is my decision, and the pressure is on.

At the end of the week, I can only hope that people are satisfied with what I have to offer them, and start to download the documents more and more as time continues.

Because I’ve been so busy creating the EEII documents, I’ve not had much time to think about another blog post to add to my website this week. However, I am looking to keep myself motivated, so I decided to settle on the idea of listing my proudest personal achievements to date. Knowing that I’ve achieved these other goals in the past gives me more belief that I can achieve goals in the future.

Although I’m an ambitious person and need to keep myself motivated most of the time, I’m sure that at some point, listing personal achievements will be beneficial to others as well. And it doesn’t matter if your achievements seem like simple tasks that people often need to achieve in life; if you worked hard to accomplish something positive, then you should be proud of what you’ve done.

Joined a Rock Band

This is the only achievement I wanted to list that happened before the time of my life that involved a lot more difficulty with epilepsy. I knew I had the condition but had it controlled with little or no side-effects until my later teenage years.

As I grew up through high school, music became a big part of my life. When I was 13, my dad bought me my first electric guitar. Growing older, I gathered a lot of interest in many sub-genres of rock, metal and indie, and those genres hold my interests today.

When I was 14 or 15, I came across a group in Greater Manchester that hooked up young musicians to form rock bands. I became a guitarist in a 5-piece band, and we all got along well.

Our name? Big Mo – I don’t know why we had that name, but it was already chosen when I joined the band. At that time, I couldn’t care less. I was just happy to join a band; an opportunity to write what was either punk rock or nu metal and play quite a few live gigs around Greater Manchester.

Big Mo Band Shirt
This shirt is the only piece of Big Mo memorabilia that I still hold

Despite the great rush of adrenaline that’s gathered on stage, I chose to leave the band when I was 18. Epilepsy had started to affect me for the worse, but I’m happy to know how good it feels to play live. I might be a little rusty now but can still play the guitar. And if I’m ever interested in doing the same thing again? Well, I’m only 28 – it’s certainly not impossible.

Made My Way Through Further Education

After heading to a 6th form college, my epilepsy started to bother me a lot more. It was a new pain to deal with, and I had to adjust my life to find my way through tricky times at college.

My first year didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I ended up backing out of mathematics after about a week, and side-effects of fatigue and memory loss taunted me as I went on to finish the year with just two AS Levels under my belt.

Grades were lower than I expected too; I got a C in Media Studies and a D in English Language. My third subject was Psychology. If anything, I only remember getting bored, tired and falling asleep in those classes, and I failed.

So, I had to leave those friends behind a bit and started my second year fresh with a new subject in mind. When taking on a BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology my social life was a little damaged, but over the two years that it took me to complete the course, I was a little more focused on getting myself the good results I wanted.

For quite some time, I considered working in music production and gathered some voluntary work experience in studio with local funk rock band Mamma Freedom

Depression came along around that time, and I struggled to make many new friends with fellow students. Still, I’m proud of the fact that I worked hard and got myself a good grade – D/D/M, or Distinction/Distinction/Merit – the second highest score achievable on a BTEC course.

The BTEC ND somewhat reboosted the belief I have in my intellectual ability. It also gave me quite a few options when deciding where I wanted to study in higher education.

Finally Got That Degree

It’s not the time for me to tell you much about it, but from a social perspective, higher education was not so typical for me. I was depressed and suffered from social anxiety, but still looking to find myself a subject that I would enjoy at a university. Once again, this took me longer than usual. I backed out of a course at the University of Derby due to personal problems and started fresh the following year.

In 2009, I joined the University of Salford, which was closer to my family, and a good choice. Although depression and social anxiety continued to bother me, I was closer to friends I already had. As well as that, I could choose from plenty of music-related subjects, and with such friendly lecturers and staff, I only look back at Salford Uni today with feelings of appreciation.

Although I started with BA Popular Music & Recording, I switched to BA Popular Musicology half way through my first year. After that, I believe I’d come to be third time lucky and found a subject that worked well for me.

Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Salford Museum and Art Gallery lies in Peel Park, the University of Salford’s main campus

It involved less practical work and more writing about popular music, a change that I required, and again, I worked around my problems with epilepsy throughout the course. I finished my final year with a well acclaimed dissertation and was very happy when I gathered my 2:1 grade in 2012.

Peaked at Ben Nevis

Today, the idea of reaching the peak of a bigger mountain every time I attempt sounds pretty appealing to me. The reason? Well, in 2015 I reached the peak of Ben Nevis and managed to raise approximately £700 for Epilepsy Action. Plus, although it’s the highest mountain in the UK, it’s not that high in comparison to others in Europe.

Trek up Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis was a challenge, but I’m always looking for more

I like hiking, and I like travelling. I reckon I’d have to be physically healthier, but if it were all for charity, then I’d work harder than ever to reach that goal. The sights you see are fantastic; it’s a must do for me.

I’m Still Looking for More

I’m an ambitious person, and there’s still a lot more I want to achieve in my life. The next big task for me to complete is the simple, professional transition to become a full-time self-employed freelance writer. It’s been difficult! After working hard on many epilepsy-related articles, I’ll be proud to say I’ve accomplished this, and only be looking to accomplish much more afterwards.

If you’re looking to achieve something but feel a little unmotivated, then why not recall all of your biggest achievements to date as well? It certainly keeps you on a high.


Gregg Field Visiting Artist by Berklee Valencia Campus



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