Joining the US Navy, and finishing out a 10 year military career with them, as an honorable service member. This experience was something I could never relive, no matter what I may try to do, and it has helped me to re-discover who I truly am.
I learned a great deal from my peers there, and became confident that I could learn anything from that point on, which has lead me to even brighter roads in life to follow and safer passages to trail after.
The military life isn't for everyone, and some may ask me, "so why didn't you finish out your career there." My most obvious answer to that probable question would be, I learned all that I challenged myself to know there, and it was my time to excel at much more important endeavors I've sought out to accomplish to fulfill my destiny.
I am currently a new age web developer, but if it wasn't for the motivation I gained from my technical Naval experience, it wouldn't have occurred the same way, no way no how. Running into the design tools was only partly my luck, and reason for all my skills being unleashed onto the web, but whats responsible for leading me to it all is the series of life altering events that have occurred years prior to such a self awareness and awesome discovery.
Just like how I first found & located the Hubpages website, one thing lead to the next & I heard of it months prior to joining, but only was attracted to come and actually join it once my skills aligned to its actual true purpose and or usage as a network for writers. That also went the same for learning web design, the tools are everywhere on the web, but its all up to a persons interest and skill sets that drive them to achieve digital lift off, sort to speak.