Maybe this would go better if I just gave some bulleted examples:
I have been living on the South Side of Chicago for the past 6 years and loving it. (Yes, this is where 98% of the population is made up of people whose ethnic background is different than my own and people get shot by the 30s over a weekend.)
I cried 5 times in the movie Babe. Those little pigs!!!
I rode my bike and solo-camped across Switzerland a few years ago. Amazing.
I recently changed my own flat when my car tire blew.
I see the sun rise, by choice, most days of the week.