I empathize with Reggie in this situation because I know that the world at large would not care about what he managed to do, in spite of the fact that it is actually very impressive. The story itself, to the average person, would be a blip in their day. A factoid to share with coworkers or friends, minus much of the context & information. Having lived it the event seems much more important to him. Alex, in contrast, sees the world more as it is. So does Patricia. The world rarely stops to give you accolades. When it does it’s usually because there’s money to be made in the presentation. Award ceremonies are tangential to the actual goal of attention for an industry, or ad revenue. There are, however, enthusiasts that will be very interested in the history. Those are the ones who really want to dig down into a subject, or listen to hour long podcasts about whatever random thing it is you’ve done. The audience you should court.