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I Am Learning to Be Myself

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    Inner Conflict Dissipating

    It's easy to want to hide who you really are on the inside, and its difficult to be one's self. I've always had trouble trusting people so theres always been a false front that I put up for everyone to see at times. I never really gave myself a chance to be myself but now im...
    misternobrain misternobrain 22-25, M Jul 11, 2013

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    Very Slowly

    It is such a slow process.  Life has been on my face like an iron mask.  Changing me and molding me to its will for so long I am not even sure what it under it any more.  But the iron mask is coming off.  It is in bits and pieces but it is coming off.  Someday I will look...
    Oldandgone Oldandgone 41-45 7 Responses Sep 9, 2011

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    Love Myself

    I always tweet on Twitter "love yourself" which I used to build my own identity. I believe that love should first sprout from the person herself. There are so many things, factors around that sometimes you give up and lose control of things. Therefore it's really hard to be...
    vintage01 vintage01 22-25, F Oct 14, 2012

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    Enough

    I used to worry about what people would think if I was myself. Would they like me or hate me but at this point in my life I don't care anymore. I don't want my daughter to be afraid to be herself. So I am making myself a promise right here right now. I am going to be myself and...
    truthseeker28 truthseeker28 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2012

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    Future Imperfect

    Strange that the older you get, the less you seem to know who you really are.  I am still a daughter, though my parents are very elderly and live in another country.  I am a widow, rather than a wife, and sometimes I would give anything to have someone to share things with...
    FortuneCookie1948 FortuneCookie1948 61-65 Apr 27, 2012

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    BrianCrew BrianCrew 22-25, M Feb 4

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    Who Am I?

    I have recently found my self divorced and alone. I did not realize until recently, while feverishly reading all I can on self help and personal growth, that I apparently have never grown oout of the approval and security seeking stage. Maybe, because I was abandoned by my...
    qcr1971 qcr1971 36-40 3 Responses Aug 2, 2009

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    I'm Awkward

    I've have begun to embrace my awkward self. I don't beat myself over the things I do anymore like stuttering, talking fast to try and cover up the stuttering, saying random crap for no reason, and using my hands an awful lot when I talk. I feel that me accepting my personality...
    orangesky03 orangesky03 18-21, F Sep 22, 2013

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    Me....just Me......

    I have fulfilled several different roles in my lifetime...obedient daughter, loving mother, understanding step-mother, faithful wife....now at 50 years old, I'm taking on a new role....Me...Penny...that's all...just me...it's about ****** time!!!!   Penny Webb
    lonesurvivor lonesurvivor 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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    Yeah I Am Slowly But Surly...

    After so many years of always being what someone else wanted me to be, having them make all the decisions about what i can and can not do. I'm now slowly learning how to just to be me and yes it feels good. Even the simplest things like choosing clothes, what i eat and what time...
    lilreddress lilreddress 36-40, F 1 Response May 15, 2013

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    I Am Learning,

    I am learning, To cry if I have to or feel like it.To scream if if I have or want to.To be mad, if I need being it.To be happy and smile for my own sake.To talk, if this is what I want.To remain silent, when I choose too.To stop saying it is alright or okay, when it is the...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Sep 5, 2011

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    Almost There

    Ive been on the path to being myself for a long, long time. I truley dont know whats stopping me. I honestly feel like people would love the real me, but there is still some part of me that doesnt allow my true self to shine through. I think it may have to do with my extreme fear...
    GettingOverShit GettingOverShit 18-21, F Mar 7, 2013

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    I Am Trying

        i am trying to be myself . i am just trying to take it day by day.  i am a little proud of myself . i didn't blow up on any customers today.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 8, 2009

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    Homework About Myself.

    Yes this group title, thxx for that. just started to write and make my homework now. im workin on my studie for myself, learnin more and get to know myself better.
    Nimia Nimia 31-35, F Nov 6, 2012

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    Learning To Be Myself

    I'm learning to be myself find my wants and desires and do them rather than do what others think I should do.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Dec 5, 2011

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    The problem is, I'm two different people.

    Both are very real. One is from my past, when I was five, and that person is much more powerful than I care to admit. He's frightened beyond sanity and regressing rapidly, because in infancy he remembers safety. The other is my normal adult self, at least normal for now, not...
    clothprefoldbillyb clothprefoldbillyb 61-65, M Oct 20

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    The Process

    The definitive advice that I received on the Psych ward when I was 13 years old was "Be yourself. We like you.  It is your attempt to be whatever it is you think you should be, that is disturbing us."It was good advice.  I took it.  It facilitated a real shift within me.  I...
    claysu claysu 56-60, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2012

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    Some of you may know this club

    or organization as VICA it is currently called skills USA although the archaic term is used often by those over 35. Anyway after being involved in skills for nearly four years I finally attended the state conference and competitions in Syracuse New York as a delegate. I am very...
    Axonpanda Axonpanda 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    Who Am I?

    I have been trying to say, do and act the way others have wanted me to for as long as I can remember and I don't know who I am. I am lost. I am a boring shell of a person I don't know what I like anymore. Sitting around doing nothing just seemed better than trying to figure out...
    RHorne1990 RHorne1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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    I was never much at keeping up appearances

    or maintaining a facade, but I was so easily distracted by trying to "find myself" that I lost sight of who I am. I lived a life that wasn't me for years and it's taken years to both see that and remedy that.
    SinimanCheryl SinimanCheryl 41-45, T 1 Response Jan 28

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    Small Victory

    I hosted my first party last night. While married, he insisted on determining the guest list, creating the menu, cooking the food, and planning the activities (and yet he considered them "our" parties...lol). Everyone had a great time. One woman commented that her cheeks hurt...
    PeachesGalore PeachesGalore 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2012

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    I am starting to believe in myself which is a difficult thing to do. This is what it is like....imagine that all your life you have been told a lie, that the sky isn't blue it's...
    00flyaway 00flyaway 41-45, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    "All of our relationships depend on our relationship with ourselves. If you don't love yourself, you can't possibly love anyone else" ~unknown. i never understood this when i was...
    AThousandThoughts AThousandThoughts 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 14

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    I suffer from depression, I self harm almost every night now and I have a lot of suicidal thoughts. I get bullied for my appearance, skin colour and weight. My parents expect me to...
    IllBeGoneSoon IllBeGoneSoon 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I've stayed at my sister's every night this week except this night. She went out to eat, and I'd just be sitting there doing nothing anyway. I ended up going to my niece's and...
    NastasyaFilippovna NastasyaFilippovna 22-25, F 9 hrs ago

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    I read way too much, and I think even more. I can cook like a pro ( I was one) make my own all natural bath salts. Drawing, writing and learning I like taking something and asking...
    Pacificdiem Pacificdiem 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 8

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    1. I have made mistakes in my past and will continue to, but each time learning from each and everyone. Remember no one is perfect! 2. I'm very caring I love helping people 3. I...
    sarahrose1994 sarahrose1994 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I'm learning to love my body, this is the only body I will have for the rest if my life.. My body has curves, it also had muscle! It shows my struggle and it shows my progress...
    Anngeleyes Anngeleyes 26-30, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    How can you love yourself when you don't feel good about yourself ? This is the question I ask myself, because when I think about it the answer is. I don't feel good about myself...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 1 Response Oct 14

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    I really like learning whatever I can about the world. I take extra college classes all the time not because I need them but it won't hurt me and I like trying to learn new things...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 30

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    Life is all about learning to me, be that a new experience or a new hobby or even a new skill. Learning something new is expansion of body, mind, soul and ability. There is...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 20

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    I've been longing to know who I am, and what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I'm sure many others out there feel the same way. However, I wonder how many can also include...
    GlamGasm GlamGasm 22-25, T Oct 6

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    Nothing lasts forever, I can go through this time, Its just a phase, Its just a phase, its just a phase, I talk to myself, I Know I'm lying, I'm a part of the illusion I was once...
    nivanvc nivanvc 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 22

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    I used to love myself, and some things messed with that this year. But I'm going to be committed to accept myself and love myself, like I should.
    electriccloud electriccloud 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm the girl that walks into a room and all heads turn, I've dated princes and nfl players and before you get the wrong idea I've had slept with a total of 1 guy. I've always had...
    notperfection notperfection 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I fill my emptiness with distractions, it used to be adult films the buying DVDs the shopping spree at the bookstores. I know it's not normal to be depressed and also thinking...
    SwanNual SwanNual 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 15

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    I am TRYING to learn this & I am having problems with it. In the past 2 years, I have nearly died twice (sepsis & a heart attack), have dealt with cancer, the heart attack...
    ImBatmanNow ImBatmanNow 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 19

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    The very fact we human beings have an inate capability to adapt also tells us that we can learn new things. For some it's quicker while some of us struggle yet we're able. I look...
    ira01 ira01 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 11

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    Better Life Challenge #4: Learn something new daily Learning different things expands our mind and presents endless possibilities. Your learning can be anything, such as a new...
    Margavita Margavita 22-25 2 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    kept telling myself someone wants me someone cares. Appartently they do. But feel like im not worth it anymore cutting just takes the edge of. Im going down this path again. so...
    Kelloggz90 Kelloggz90 22-25, F 7 hrs ago

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    Slowly but surely it's a tough thing. It's easier to believe the bad stuff about myself than the good stuff. I need more self-compassion.
    GetYourFreakOn GetYourFreakOn 16-17, F Oct 15

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    There's so much more to learn & it does feel like I learn the most by making mistakes or when it is that time in life that is the most difficult to get through. There are always...
    Karliya Karliya 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    Something I wrote to him, although I didn't send it. Thank you. I have a lot of things to thank you for. Thank you for showing me how to love and supposedly be "loved". Thank...
    weightingforhappiness weightingforhappiness 18-21, F Oct 2

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    Sometimes I feel great about myself but than I fall into that category of depression, but it's not depression. I wonder if it's part of life. I have mood swings. Sometimes I'm very...
    theChickk theChickk 16-17, F Oct 5

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    I really would love to travel the world. But not just to see really cool things, I want to have conversations with people who think similar to myself. I want to understand their...
    xKzax xKzax 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 11

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    Be quick to listen , slow to speak....slow to become angry James 1:19 I am learning to validate more...listen well not comment. I get frustrated and angry at times when I can't...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 14

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    ive been single since february after my bday (feb 11). it was tough because i was able to let go of a five year relationship. ive tried dating guys again, some i met through...
    Lourdes1983 Lourdes1983 31-35, F 7 Responses Oct 21

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    1. I once had a true best friend in my life until I moved 400 miles away and we lost touch. It's been almost 10 years but I still miss her friendship deeply. 2. I want to move to...
    abcdefgh19 abcdefgh19 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    It is amazing to learn new things, no matter how small they are. It is such a joy. Nothing is so small that it is insignificant. You must try it too! Learning to bold underline...
    novembermountain novembermountain 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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