My Last Day One

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Re: My Last Day One

Postby chilaxis » Wed May 16, 2018 10:29 am

Jc wrote:
Well the World Cup is about a month a way. Thats going to be a major test for me, and thatll definitely be a trigger. Although, I’ll deal with that when the time comes. ‘A day at a time’.
Extremely satisfying not losing money and time. There were times where I’d binge 20+ hours watching and betting on sports on the weekend.

Gambling has sucked the passion out of sport, I can barely watch it anymore. As a neutral definitely not, and as a fan of a team its still hard. Its a shame really, Its been in my life since I was a kid.

And thank you Jo!

Yeah, I too had been a fan of sports since young and it's unfortunate that the gambling industry preys on the passion of sports-lovers. I remember when I was about 21, as I was a soccer freak, I was asked by my cousin "do you bet on soccer?" , I told her a straight no and that I'd never bet on soccer - easy to say when I had not got the first taste! But thinking back I now understand why she'd ask the question. It's so ingrained that if you're a sports-lover, one day this temptation will get to you.

Fast forward 16 years later and it got to me, and got me burnt real hard over a 7-months binge.

But, if I really looked hard back into my history, since I was 25 years old, I had succumbed to two other kinds of 'gambling' in the past due to my addictive nature - shares-trading with huge leverage and forex-trading with huge leverage. Although I had gotten clean from these two other forms of gambling for 6 years now, sports-betting crept up on me last year.

All I can say is that if I hadn't dabbled in any kind of these forms of gambling, my family would've been so much well off financially now. But no use crying over spilt milk. The bright side I see is that I've been able to learn from experience, and know that I am able to put a stop to any form of gambling. This recent experience with sports-betting tells me that gambling can come in any shape and form (forex, shares-trading, sports, casino, pokies, lotto...), we just need to be on our toes to not go near it when the temptation arises. The future will be brighter for my family, I know it will.

We'll be in the same boat when World Cup comes around. In previous years I've watched almost all the games! But I know it will be a good chance to practise averting temptation to bet. And we stand a stronger chance to go through it unscathed as we have all our gambling accounts closed.

All the best JC.
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Re: My Last Day One

Postby Mona58 » Mon May 14, 2018 10:34 pm

It is a real shame how capitalism / gambling ruins sports!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
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