Responding to today's One Minute Writer prompt, FAILURE
I failed to get into the Fire Service on my first, second and third attempt. Each time it made me fitter, stronger and smarter. By the second and third attempts I was mastering the physical requirements and it had cured my claustrophobia (the heated and blacked out obstacle course was pretty challenging). It also made me a better volunteer firefighter, and in the mean time I have advanced my 'alternative' career to the point that I can't really afford to be a professional firefighter when I grow up anyway.