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A situation where you feel deeply proud of an action only to realise that the act, however magnificent or unique, cannot be shared with others without revealing something private and shameful.
He emerged from the public restroom feeling liberated and youthful. His mind often returned to the girthy behemoth that he'd left behind. He reflected with pride at how much of his product was above the waterline. His reverie was cut short by the realisation that despite his Herculean effort, this was far too shameful to share with his friends.

"What are you thinking about?"

He smiles, gazing fondly into the distance before dropping his head, feeling the full weight of his pride/shame dilemma, and quietly muttered,

by MacGyver's Apprentice May 17, 2017
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