| submitted by /u/YRuafraid
I was originally disappointed with some poor experiences using Coinbase and mentioning my issues on this sub. I never asked for anything, simply was whining about problems I had with Coinbase at the time when they were being flooded with new accounts and support requests.
Everyone was great about helping me out and pointing me in the right direction to have things set up properly. Unexpectedly, someone sent me about a quarter of a bitcoin to repair my feelsies, which was quite a lot of currency to send over the internet to a stranger, especially on an alt account that had been fairly recently created.
I ended up using it to cover the costs of starting a little business. I now manufacture stenography keyboards that are compatible with Plover for stuff like live transcription (or just fast typing in general). Now that the design all done, I'll soon be uploading the PCB files and case design online to be freely used for anyone to make or modify, even for commercial purposes, under the TAPR Open Hardware License.
I know I might be better off hodling, but I like the idea of actively using bitcoin more than storing it away.
Thanks, /r/Bitcoin, for helping me get to this point. Even when I didn't deserve it.
I get that it's exciting that we are hitting all time highs. Just note that every time bitcoin has exploded like this in the past there has been a MAJOR correction. Obviously what happens in the past won't necessarily happen in the future, but don't sell your house and throw it all into bitcoin assuming that mania will never end. It absolutely can. Don't put any money into bitcoin that would ruin you if it disappeared tomorrow.
Bitcoin is fun, bitcoin is amazing, it's a cool technology, and its potential is unquantifiable but it makes no promises on future gains, especially in the short term.