There's no scientific evidence to back up claims that it makes any difference to your joints when taken in tablet form so i would think the same counts for the gel, you may well be wasting your money. Joints benefit from exercise and healthy eating with a good level of healthy fats to keep you "lubricated" - omegas and the like.
Has it damaged my confidence? To the extent that I am almost obsessively secretive about the career I really feel I should be following instead of the one I have - yes, absolutely.
But is that nature or nurture? I ask this as i know plenty of people who have parents who acted similarly and still do and yet they are widely successful, in careers they love, work hard and push themselves.
I'm not suggesting it is always the case but doesn't there have to come a point where you have to take responsibility for your path, whether its the career or hobby you currently do or the career or hobby you think you should be doing.
Its not a black and white issue (and i'm not suggesting it is so please don't take offence at my comments as non is intended) and each person reacts differently to almost every life situation but as adults are we not able to move beyond this? When do we stop "blaming the parents"?
get up earlier to eat earlier. I have to eat before a long run first thing and have been known to get up at 5.30, eat and go back to sleep for a couple of hrs, if its causing that much of a problem you need to make adjustments.
Not sure what this middle class thing is - i would suggest that by giving it a title and bemoaning it, it is indeed inverse snobbery...?
Anyway - I agree that kids should be taught that the world owes you nothing and you need to work hard to get anything or anywhere. My folks were very supportive, still are, encouraging and loving, proud yet let us make our own decisions. We could have both done better academically but quite frankly we were both too lazy to bother and I've often wondered if with a little more ridgid encouragement we would have tried harder. My bro and i are very different now so i'm sure some of it is nature rathr than just nurture but encouragement can only help - in moderation of course.
Interesting point by Wilkie, my folks didn't push me to carry on with the clarinet and now i wish they had, friend of mine was pushed to learn piano and hated it at the time, now is eternally grateful for that skill. Horses for course i suppose.