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I Am Not the Person I Used to Be

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    I'm too nice to people,

    so occasionally...........I'm mean.
    mlnchla mlnchla 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    My mother is helping me find myself again.

    She stayed up with me all night explaining to me methods to get over being lost. She reminded me that I was born with an inner strength that will always be there for me. She just gave me hope that I can become a whole person again if I put the effort into it. She gave me classic...
    BunniesCry BunniesCry 31-35, F 8 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    gentlyyours707 gentlyyours707 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    Respect yourself enough to walk away from

    anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
    BlackWidowBaby BlackWidowBaby 41-45, F 5 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    I was always introverted n withdrawn I'm

    now confident n extroverted I don't fit in or belong anywhere n I never did but now I know why n can see why people can't figure me out everywhere I go I still have social anxiety however but I now look at others as the same cos we are all the same morally I have always been...
    nihiless nihiless 31-35, F 5 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    EP has corrupted me! Lol I am thankful

    for the experience though, have learned a lot and met many awesome ppl along the way... Even some really special friends to share some of life's ups and downs with... Who actually can relate and understand. It's been well worth it! I feel blessed to have had this experience! It...
    CuriousCutiePie CuriousCutiePie 36-40, F 11 Responses Jul 7

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    All that's good is gone.

    You took everything from me. A shell of my former self. I don't care anymore and love doesn't exist.
    willowAnn2434 willowAnn2434 22-25, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    When I was 20 I thought I knew everything.

    Then when I was 30, I realised I knew nothing. Now I'm in my forties I'm starting to know one or two things LOL
    7lulu 7lulu 41-45, F 8 Responses Jul 20

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    I'm really not the person I used to be.

    . I used to be naive.. I used to be shy and quiet.. Now? Not anymore.. I used to keep everything for myself, my thoughts, opinions etc.. Now? I don't do that anymore.. I used to change myself so other would like me. Now? Not anymore.. I finally understood, if they like me...
    Fofitupida Fofitupida 16-17, F 4 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    Sitting next to the reservoir watching the wind

    make ripples on the algae green water; the trees branches along the waters edge tend to grow downwards to the water instead of up to the sky like they want to dip in, and they do! theres a strong breeze it tries to pull my clothes along with it and i watch and wonder at this...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 21

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    Hi ! My first semester back in school is

    ending. I want to thank my Dad and Mom for taking their rebellious daughter back under their authority and roof. Thank you for bringing Discipline and Love back into my life. I also want to thank all my EP friends who are helping advise, discipline, encourage, and express my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses May 5

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    I used to be so open,

    innocent, happy, confident, lively and had a good self esteem. Ever since I started high school two years ago, it's changed me. I now have very little self esteem (apparently- that's what my counsellor keeps telling my mum) I'm not as confident, and oh has my innocence be long...
    taytay1401 taytay1401 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    I don't really know what happened to me.

    I use to be extra cheerful , very bubbly, very religious, thankful for each and every little thing in my life, but now it is all different. I want it to go back to how it was. I don't know how
    Lucylubbsgolda Lucylubbsgolda 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    My journey hasn't been easy,

    but I'm still Standing Laughing Forgiving Loving Learning and Living I'm perfectly imperfect and unapologetically me!
    silverfox54 silverfox54 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    As a teenager I had friends,

    good ones, I loved wearing makeup, going to the gym, reading, History, art, music, I was interested in having friends and knowing more about everything and anything. I would wake up thinking about what exciting experience was awaiting, I loved school and I dreamed about being a...
    Commononesense Commononesense 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 18

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    I am trying to pick up the pieces

    after splitting from my ex who is an abusive narcassistic sociopath .. I'm struggling to be the happy confident person I was before I met him.. I moved away from my family and bought a cottage to be with him but he was never happy eventually I had to get him out. he put me down...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 23

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    I used to be super shy

    when i was younger but then i realized its better to be said then never hear so i am the most outgoing out of my friends now and i plan to stay that way.
    AnythingButLucky AnythingButLucky 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    I've changed so much I don't

    even remember the old me. The old me was active, pain free, immature and happy. This me, the new me, is constantly in pain, too tired to even get dressed some days and mature beyond my years. That's what chronic illness and mental illness do to a person. It changes you.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 26

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    I am the sum of all my experiences,

    some go back to my early childhood,others much more recent.
    michael60t michael60t 61-65, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    A Reason To Change.........

    When i was a kid,my father would sit by my bed every night  before i went to sleep and he would say to me-"son if you dont wake up tomorrow,if it turns out that today is your last day on earth,would you be proud of what you have done in this life?..........cause if you are not...
    Borne Borne 22-25, M 10 Responses Jan 27, 2012

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    five years ago I left an extremely abusive,

    unhealthy relationship. I paid alimony to him for five years and very recently paid my last payment. I'm not that woman anymore. I am strong, happy,content, secure, and successful. I made it through the darkest part of the night, and now the sun is rising and I am ready to...
    surgchic surgchic 46-50, F 14 Responses Apr 21

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    Thank God that I am not!

    When I was younger I used to always say "I won't change, I'll always be me!" and yes, to a degree, I have always been me but I've adapted and matured so I am no longer that crazy, hyperactive teenager or that optimistic, trusting little girl I was either. I'm a sensible...
    RaiseYourWhat RaiseYourWhat 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    It's horrible when someone ***** you up

    so bad you just stop letting good people into your life because you know they'll get hurt.
    lexyxo lexyxo 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    I'm now a 21 year old alcoholic pending legal

    action... I thought life was tough in high school... Ok.
    Vietnamlee94 Vietnamlee94 18-21, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    thedevilsfavouritedemon thedevilsfavouritedemon 41-45, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    so much pain ....so many disappointments.

    ... but through it all I am stronger, and know better than to let it happen again but I still stumble, I still falll
    speir3 speir3 22-25, M Aug 22

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    Because we are, human are creature

    that keep evolving, keep growing till death liberate us from time into the timeless. this is not about change, it is about growth day by day, month by month, year by year we reflecting our past, challenging our present, and making our choices for our future. each periode has...
    blackravencat blackravencat 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    two weeks ago I started taking anabolics to

    get a massive jump in getting in shape. one month prior my wife of 3 years left me cuz she was unsure what she wanted in life with school and a new career. I since had been speaking on and off only to be given false hopes when we meet. the divorce is finalized on the 28 of Sept...
    unsaid912 unsaid912 26-30, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Many people in my life just don't interest me

    anymore. I care for them, but I'm tired of them. I'm tired of dealing with people that don't get me the way that I hope for. It's annoying. It's tough. Im tired. I'm just so tired of it all.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 7

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    kittentoes kittentoes 22-25, F 15 Responses Oct 30, 2014

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    I've been to prison before

    which changed me for the better. The reason I went was I got a felony DWI down in Texas.
    usuallyup4u usuallyup4u 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I think everyone agree with

    that Pain changes people. Because without pain, you will never know how strong you are. Personally, I think positive people, who never felt any neglect and fear are the weakest of all, and people who suffers a lot, and sacrifice, will always have this higher self esteem.
    Manuala Manuala 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    Not the old pathetic me anymore

    who was trying hard to fit in before. Not the one who was craving for love, acceptance, understanding and friendship I have learned to love and value myself first before others ☺️
    imsoflhai imsoflhai 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I'm not the person I used to be ever

    since you went away I feel like I'm barely hanging on From day to day The emotional pain is so strong, the anger is intense I could really use you right now Yet I sit here and think about how different life is since you passed away I am not the same person I was before...
    kshine27 kshine27 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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    Today is 6 months, aka 184 days,

    since I stood up, took control of my life, and got sober from my drug addiction!
    kittentoes kittentoes 22-25, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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    I sincerely believe that we change a lot in our

    twenties and learn who we really are during that time. We sometimes try on different personas and eventually settle into who we really are deep down to our core. We are raised to be who our parents want us to be, but learn that in order to be happy, we need to find our own...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 30

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    After being married for 17 years with 2

    beautiful children, my husband left. Mid life crisis I suppose. I suffered on an emotional roller coaster for a few years trying to figure out what was wrong. He was not a talker. Just avoided conflict and never knew how to communicate very well. It took lots of faith and...
    lrj519 lrj519 46-50, F 24 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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    After being basically unemployed

    for over 2 years (minus a bullshit 4 hour a week job) I just got hired today for a full time cashiering job at a store I love to shop at. ALSO I AM 97 DAYS SOBER. Life is ******* great right now. :) To everyone who has had a hard time or who is going through a hard time- keep...
    kittentoes kittentoes 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 27, 2014

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    How any times during my life do I have to

    become a different me until I don't know who I am anymore? All I know now that I am able to say say about me, "I am" but how many of my "I am's" am I and why I am not just one "I am" once? And am I who I am really me now? Just because I can say, "I am" now, does that mean...
    MyLady9 MyLady9 46-50, F 10 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    How Times Have Changed

    Back in 1995, when I got my divorce I was lonely, scared, and exhilarated all at once living in rural Vermont...but trusting in God, I found my true calling as a screenplay writer...on my own, the Heavens parted and I was rewarded, by faith alone, a soul sister who guided me down...
    starryknight1999 starryknight1999 46-50 16 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    "A man who views the world the same at fifty

    as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life" - Muhammad Ali
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    all my medical crises

    and health issues since I was 21 I miss me, old me. here I sit surrounded by people and I am so alone
    Paced73 Paced73 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    You give and you give

    and they take. All they do is take. You put everything you are into something they don't even care about. You hope that one day they'll change their mind but they don't care about you the way you care about them. And this has happened what once? Twice? Too many times to count...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    Today marks 123 days of sobriety

    for me! I thought this would be a fun day to celebrate just because the numbers line up. Haha.
    kittentoes kittentoes 22-25, F Nov 22, 2014

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    I was married & faithful

    for SO many years. We divorced. Now I don't care to be that person anymore. I was honest about it before I married my husband so he knows I want to be free to have other physical experiences if the right guy comes along at the right time. The young & ignorant will say WHAT...
    Walkalone9000 Walkalone9000 51-55, F 10 Responses May 27

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    I am definitely a different person

    than I used to be. I've survived a narcissistic, drug addicted mother, drug addicted father, death of spouse, single parenting. I am currently pregnant again at age 38. Yep, definitely different.
    Tenanye Tenanye 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 25