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I Am Afraid to Take Risks

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    It's Like If I Make a Change and It Doesn't Work Out, It'll Be My Fault

    If I take a risk and it doesn't work out, I will have created a bad situation for myself. If I don't take risks, I can blame other things, situations, and circumstances for my problems. I guess not risking anything is a risk, but it isn't true that the greatest risk is...
    blackberryface blackberryface 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    I'm An Idea Person...

    and I hide behind those ideas, steering clear of putting them into action and possibly failing.  I fear the risk-taking, just because it can lead to failure, rejection, etc.  I know in my heart that it could lead to success as well, but have no confidence that it will...
    debmichelle debmichelle 36-40 5 Responses Jun 6, 2008

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    Constant Conundrums

    I am faced with making a huge decision. To pack up and move from Portland, OR to Kalispell, MT, or try to have a long distance relationship, or end a relationship with the best person I have ever connected with in my life.  I would be following my...
    riddlemethis522 riddlemethis522 22-25, F Jul 11, 2010

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    Risks

    Risks,They scare me,I'm open-minded,However,I don't like risks,Love the safety,Of the safe-zone,Who can blame me?Been bitten,Many times before.
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M Feb 14, 2012

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    But I Am Willing To Take The Risk With Fear In My Heart

    life can be scary especially for young adults like myself whom have to take on new responsibilities that we never had growing up. i'm scared. it's time to leave the nest and i am scared but i am gonna do it. risks are necessary for change, otherwise life is boring:/ and that's...
    veronica4ever veronica4ever 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 30, 2012

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    It's Pathetic

    Every time I see a girl that I find attractive I manage to convince myself into not to do anything. These voices haunt me. "She's out of your league" "She has a boyfriend already" "She's tired of people hitting on her"  and my favorite...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Cant Risk To Actually Live !

    My story with risk basically comes down to that I am so afraid of failure. . I mean. . What if I took a risk and failed. . I am so much of a perfection freak that I can't bear taking a risk just because of the idea of "what if I did this and it went wrong". . So am...
    HebaRashed HebaRashed 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    Sometimes Its Good Not to Take Risks

    I'm not a big risk taker b/c I believe in Murphy's Law,If it can happen it will". Look at the money lost in the stock markets, what a price to pay for those risks taken. However, I did take a risk of coming to your site to ask for help today not for myself put for the...
    betchaboots betchaboots 41-45, F Jan 3, 2009

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    I *must* Try!

    I usually never take risks..of any kind. When i occasionally do,it leaves me feeling extremely restless. Just today i showed my hand to a palmist (just for the heck of it)...he told me,surprisingly,what i know myself...I give up too easily, far too soon than i should in order to...
    zecchini zecchini 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2008

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    Stupidity

    I'm afraid of everything. Really, it's true. Even getting up in the morning is scary. It's not way up on the fear-scale, but yeah. Creepy. What if it'll be a really crappy day? I assume this stems from having had (to some extent still having) social phobia. I don't put myself...
    nahald nahald 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    Cant Risk To Actually Live !

    My story with risk basically comes down to that I am so afraid of failure. . I mean. . What if I took a risk and failed. . I am so much of a perfection freak that I can't bear taking a risk just because of the idea of "what if I did this and it went wrong". . So am...
    HebaRashed HebaRashed 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I take risks , to turn the situations in my life to support me .
    antiflag477 antiflag477 26-30, M Jul 14

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    I was reading through stories on EP this afternoon, when it suddenly hit me that so many of those stories were actually about fear: fear of loneliness, fear of change, fear of...
    diablesse34 diablesse34 46-50, F 10 Responses Jul 9

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    I feel like I have so much to lose. I keep so many memories locked away and would consider myself a pack rat of good times. I write down things that make me laugh and things that...
    Anticloud Anticloud 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 4

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    I say things most people are afraid to say.....I do not hold back when it is the right time and place, or perhaps when it needs to be the right time and place. I do not sit...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    So I go into Wal*Mart... Lovely place that it is.. my........... S.O. tells me I live in the Boondox... Far from Civilization, and I say it isn't so, but our Wal*Mart is one of the...
    SweetKiester SweetKiester 36-40, F 8 Responses Jul 20

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    I don't know what's wrong with me lately. I'm having this huge fear of death and nothing seems to bring me joy, the sound of thunder and lightning seems to be sending chills down...
    YoungHeartOldSoul YoungHeartOldSoul 18-21, F Jul 17

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    Well I am not just because we will die someday, except for Chuck Norris (he's god) but well we all are gonna die and well I'm not afraid, if it is my moment I'll take it and well I...
    Melotellixx Melotellixx 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    I followed this awhile ago... Now I found out I've only got a couple years max to live. As of right now I'm still really not afraid, maybe it hasn't really hit me yet. I guess i am...
    Lcervetto Lcervetto 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So, as I said on my past experience, I'm still heartbroken over my ex. It's been 5 months, almost 6 since we broke up and to be honest I know it's time to move on. I've met a lot...
    Gabs96 Gabs96 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Every time I see him every time I see that monster I don't know what to do even if I did I wouldn't be able to move cause every time I see him I am frozen with fear hell even if I...
    MissSkye MissSkye 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    I am a man who thinks men ganging up and harassing women is a big problem ,,,it is one that caused me a nightmare ,,, my wife,,, Ex now,,, would go to a certain Winn Dixie...
    rckt148 rckt148 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    I am afraid that my ailing Father maybe dying. I received a shocking phone call from my brother almost 2 months ago. He told me how my Dad was doing since I live so far away from...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F Jul 17

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    I have been invited to become an officer in a special honors group at my college, I'm afraid that I might not do well or they might not like me but everyone was so friendly. It's...
    Kaptinkrunch Kaptinkrunch 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 17

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    Me and my bestie were doing trust exercises because he thinks that my lack in trust is keeping me from getting close to people . He said I'm so afraid that someone will hurt me...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Ever since i was little i wud see spirits & smell them. But For the past 9 years, every single nyt without fail i suffer nightmares. I dream of all sorts but mostly i see "things...
    omlette123 omlette123 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    I am afraid of being rejected like I'm afraid of being open about my fetish. It's a terrifying experience when I think I'm gonna be rejected to the point that I won't do certain...
    ILF777 ILF777 18-21, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I grew up in a family without faith. So throughout life I have come up with my own idea of an after life. It is mostly spiritual and has to do with our energy. I have been fine...
    Daisylove612 Daisylove612 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    In society, i try to fit in and pretend to like the same things everybody does. But it kills me inside not to express my own feelings and enjoy the things i like. But if i do...
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm a bi and I've confessed to a girl. She gave me no response. She has been close with her guy friend recently and she will definitely be in a relationship with him soon. It...
    greenflapper greenflapper 16-17, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    Everything around me is falling apart...we all live in fear...When you live In a war zone everything else looks insignificant ...I live in iraq...I have watched so many people die...
    ffdp84 ffdp84 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm afraid of getting close to others or having a new best friend because my best friend died over a year ago. Not only that, I have had lots of friends who have died. Others, I...
    ninathecat ninathecat 31-35 Jul 18

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    For various reasons: I'm afraid of child birth, I'm afraid of raising them wrong and not being able to care for them properly, and when I'm being honest with myself, sometimes I'm...
    NoYourComstock NoYourComstock 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I have an intense fear of rejection. I've reached the point where I don't even try to make new friends because I'm afraid if they don't like me then they'll judge me or make fun of...
    CJHall1234 CJHall1234 16-17, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I crave the deepest connections with others, yet I'm too afraid to let anyone in. I love to socialize, I love to make friends, and I have a boyfriend. But that true connection has...
    laurennhem laurennhem 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    Not sure whether it's just me but I find myself really limited in what I can do and how I socially interact with people because I'm afraid of what they'll think of me and how that...
    ThatAwkwardOne ThatAwkwardOne 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 2

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    I just never ever been afraid from dying as it is life as no one stay alive forever, right!. I just saw a lot of funerals in my life and lost a lot in my 35 years as my life been...
    Egyptianguy34 Egyptianguy34 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 3

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    I would like to go out and find a guy and build a meaningful relationship. I'm just tired of being lonely and not having the affection and the closure and such that comes with a...
    ems350z ems350z 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 3

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    Im not afraid to speak my mind i will tell you how it is straight to your face 💁 for the people who are afraid, what have you got to lose?
    verox3 verox3 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    I'm not afraid of it, doesn't mean I like it or I visit it, but I'm not afraid of it.
    ElizaKate ElizaKate 16-17, F Jul 13

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    I am so afraid of everything: going out and having fun, making a fool of myself, talking to people, even that I'm bothering everybody that are my friends. But at the same time, I...
    AngelLux AngelLux 16-17, F Jul 13

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    My mom got married to my biological father at a young age, he was abusive and controlling, during the divorce and custody battle he kidnapped me and my older sibling, when his wife...
    LunaValentine LunaValentine 18-21, M Jul 15

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    I have some male friends and honestly I can't be comfortable with them. I feel like they don't like me at all because of my looks and afraid to be paired up with me for fun. I have...
    nbsbgal nbsbgal 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 16

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    Idk why everyone comes in my life when they have to leave in just few days. I made many online friends and slowly slowly they left me. I am just afraid of being in love, i am just...
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I have never truly been able to get close to someone without trying to find any fault i could within them. I found that if i could find those imperfections, it would make it 10...
    shesonlyhappyinthesun shesonlyhappyinthesun 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    Im afraid to talk about how i feel because i feel like its going to come out wrong or if its going to get me into trouble . I do express my feelings at times but im always so...
    savannah0115 savannah0115 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    I want to experience relationships. I have crushes and everything but I'm afraid I won't ever get to date someone in my high school life because of my race. My school is pretty...
    SincerelyMYlife SincerelyMYlife 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Sometimes I get this urge to strangle someone. I don't know why, but this urge keeps getting stronger and stronger and sometimes I find my hands clasping and reflecting like I'm...
    HiIAmHana HiIAmHana 18-21, F 17 hrs ago