The reason for me writing this post are many but the primary purpose is to show other men who are struggling with their lives that it is possible to do a 180 degree turn in relatively short time. Being on NoFap hard-mode has helped me greatly in this demanding challenge. So these are some of my own thoiughts reflections for this time-period. First of all, I recently passed the 11 month mark without realizing how fast time had past so it gave me a moment to reflect on how great this past year has been. In fact, it has been the greatest and most rewarding year of my life so far, despite some terrible things happening within my closest family. It was actually this event that sparked my energy and willingness to continue on the NoFap-path instead of relapsing to PMO and pitying myself. Secondly, I have started to take the well-needed actions that are necessary for my personal development so I could start throwing my past demons out of the mind. This has required me stepping out of the comfort-zone many times which has been scary but so rewarding at the same time. I might not be where I want to yet, but I am several steps closer than I was only a year ago. The leaps I have taken in this time-period have been huge and I celebrate every single step that moves me forward in the right direction. Thirdly, I have had a renewed faith and spiritual awakening during this time period that have gone beyond imagination. I have gone from a former material, nihilistic non-believer to a strong believer in only a 9-11 month period. Through mediation, Tai-Chi, and daily prayers of gratitude and repetition of mantras, I do now have a spiritual connection with God, nature, other people and animals that I never felt before. Previously, I used to be so disconnected from reality and my own mind that I almost looked forward to the day I was going to pass away because I thought life had nothing more to offer. Today, I am very grateful for everyday I wake up and remain healthy!! Lastly, I would like to say to all men out there who are struggling with themselves and their lives at this current moment: Change is definitely possible and the vast majority of you can achieve great success in your lives (beyond your wildest imagination) as soon as you start to gain some good self-control and there is no better way of self-control than abstaining from meaningless sex (without any spiritual connection), masturbation and pornography for an extended period of time. I thought this was impossible one year ago but here I am today, not even remembering how to fap and feeling better than ever. I could go on and on to write how much my life has changed over the past year (thanks to NoFap and semen-retention) but I will give a more serious update in one month when I have made it to one year. Persevere and never give up because every single step in the right direction is a step closer to success and great rewards further down the road!