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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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    I wanted to join the Army.

    I cleared the written exam but was not selected after I appeared for the interview round. I wanted to join it badly. Now I just eat, watch tv and run.
    ijustfeltlikerunning ijustfeltlikerunning 22-25, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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    16 years ago, I blew up my life.

    Not intentionally ........ well not with conscious intention, that is. I felt empty, invisible, and lonely in a 10 year relationship. But we had a good life. We traveled, had good friends, and good jobs. We were on the right track for a long future together. I knew my SO...
    vermontsurfer vermontsurfer 51-55, F 13 Responses Aug 8

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    KR17 KR17 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    In four months I will be turning 40.

    I feel time just slipping away and the chances of me getting to where I want to be becoming slimmer and slimmer. Ugh nobody wants to be that hamster stuck in the turning wheel; running its little heart out and never getting anywhere. I work hard....very hard. I want to be...
    snowberry75 snowberry75 36-40, F 16 Responses Jun 5

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    today my father told me

    that the bad decisions that I make in my life right now are fuelled by how fortunate I am.
    OGeee OGeee 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 9

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    I have no job, no car,

    no money, too much bills & too much pride to admit I need help.
    kathornes kathornes 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 27

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    I may not where I want to be

    but I'm sure as hell glad not to be where I used to be. although I still live with my mom, I have an interview so things are looking up.
    sarah025 sarah025 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 1

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    Sometimes hearing about people's successes

    makes me realize how much I've failed in life.
    Eechay Eechay 31-35, M 10 Responses Jan 12

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    Hope For The Future

    Just as I was beginning to feel completely worthless and like a waste of space, a miracle happened! I was cleaning the mirror in the bathroom, and contemplating what a failure I am, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted it; a completely empty roll of toilet paper. I knew...
    MyNameIsHurl MyNameIsHurl 31-35, F 14 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    I'm 22. Not married. Unemployed.

    hmmm. I dont really care getting maried just want kids like 5.
    noa27 noa27 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 25

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    Eating Red Velvet McClure using WiFi at

    McDonald's. How's your day going?
    ElaineH123 ElaineH123 70+, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    Im a 19 year old male

    who is trying to rectify my life. I took all honors classes in 9th grade and failed all of them due to lack of caring and no one to stop me the drawback was since they were honors courses it dropped my GPA extremely low. Now that I graduated I cant get into any good colleges. I...
    efel565 efel565 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 14

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    I have no job, not married

    and haven't moved out of my home. I am not where I wanted to be at this age.
    kuroijukai kuroijukai 26-30, F 7 Responses Aug 11

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    As a 16 year old Junior in high school,

    I feel I am too mature for my crowd, and I have good grades and everything but I cannot stand the teachers or students as they take it all as a joke and everything there is pointless knowledge in which they try to teach... That won't benefit me in the future what I learn in...
    ashleeeyv ashleeeyv 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 12

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    I would have independence

    and be an equal but I feel like nothing and no confidence
    garcia127 garcia127 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I need a ******* job.

    how do people expect you to have experience if they won't allow you to gain experience?!
    evynray evynray 22-25, F 9 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    I just lost my job, and my only option

    now is to be a cashier, they say its temporary...but I think, this is it.
    ANewLoaf ANewLoaf 26-30, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    The plan was supposed to be over half way done

    with high school so that a could graduate a year early in going to be a junior with only 6.5 credits out of 22 that I'm supposed to have after my senior year so the plan didn't really work out at all
    hashtagbitch hashtagbitch 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    I cried for the first time in a very long time

    today.I was very good at my job, clients loved my work, and I was respected by many people. I stood up for something I was forced to leave my job.Now I work as a cashier, I was told to use my brain so many times, I am beginning to think I am very useless. My maths is not good...
    ANewLoaf ANewLoaf 26-30, M 18 mins ago

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    I was finally getting my feet under me

    after a divorce and then I had a seizure. I now have more or less permanent vertigo and am on disability retirement. At 47 I expected to be successful and happy with a family. Now I have only my youngest child, I have poverty income and no prospects for things getting better...
    Writer1967 Writer1967 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 13

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    i wanted to earn millions at this stage

    but couldn't but still I have a great life
    Maazizhere Maazizhere 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 27

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    18 years old. Im supposed to be at the

    University of Memphis. Undergrad. Major in biology. Preparing myself for medical school and becoming a neurologist. Im supposed to be in advanced yoga classes and doing contortion work. Stretching. Im suppose to be driving. Im supposed to be going to ballet, hip hop, zumba...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 11 Responses Jul 30, 2014

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    by the age of 26 I thought by

    now I would have graduated with my masters degree and on my way to having my dream job, and maybe even in a relationship. it took me 7 years to complete my undergrad. a little thing called life got in my way. I don't regret putting my family and friends over my education. I...
    bretneyc bretneyc 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 16

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    “I have come to accept the feeling of not

    knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle...
    rescueme99 rescueme99 41-45 3 Responses Apr 17

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    I've always said that

    when I turn eighteen; I'm going to be out on my own and going to school. Which I will be, but my boyfriend is almost twenty years old and has no job and isn't going to school either. It hasn't bothered me until now. We've been planning since early on in our relationship that we...
    vanessaj69 vanessaj69 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    We never get, what we want.

    We never want what we get. We never have, what we like. We never like, what we have. Still we live, still we love, still we hope.
    visaforlove visaforlove 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 27

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    izzzy098 izzzy098 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    I am having those "worthless" thoughts again.

    Here I am 38 years old and completely miserable. As far as I can remember I have had confidence issues and lack of backbone. Because of this I make the worst decisions and often follow what others do. I'm an indecisive, procrastinator and I hardly ever speak up. At this...
    MsWrong MsWrong 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 7

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    no good study you can't go out home you can't

    keep studying and build your future you cant do anything I wish I was born in a different place at this age
    BigMou BigMou 16-17, M Aug 11

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    I wanna be though..I have this sorta new

    mentality lately,where i feel like if i keep following this certain path it could really help me out.Shortly put,i wanna improve my strengths as well as my weaknesses.Irregardless of how scary some may be..Also i wanna keep my focus in this certain direction,mostly of knowledge...
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    I am 36, single mom and seriously loath my job.

    I am away from my son more than I am with him. I have toxic relationships all around me especially my family. I am working towards my dreams but living on one income keeps it at a snail's pace. I know there is better than this.
    infinitymdc79 infinitymdc79 36-40, F 10 Responses Jun 23

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    I was looking forward to retirement

    or just slowing down in my profession. But then multiple sclerosis put a stop to that. I am now on disability recovering from a broken hip and getting around with a walker. I am not where I wanted to be at this age had nothing to do what road I took. I enjoyed each path. This...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hi, so many unhappy stories!

    How about you footnote with 'but I'm working on it by...' to show that you're changing for the better? I'm a personal performance coach; guess I've just killed off a new source of potential clients but hey if this helps to start turning lives around I'm happy ☺️
    ez2014 ez2014 51-55, M 3 Responses Jul 24

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    I really really really hate my job

    and I want to move out of this expensive area. Why can't I just quit?....well because I need the money and I can't afford to move out. I'm a parent and I depend on my mum to help with babysitting and finances. How do I get the courage to quit :/ ?
    whoknows000 whoknows000 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I'm about to turn 30 in September,

    and I could not feel more behind in life. I have a son and I'm in my third year of film school making 80k a year. I've never been married and never came close. I have never owned a home. I feel so behind on life. So much so I've never taken an anti anxiety med until now. That's...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I was thinking the other day.

    .. Schools are very much the opposite of safe. Can someone get a silenced gun over the web? The school itself is in a grid-like fashion. The fire doors meant to slow down fire...or people. Put a sign on the door. Or maybe we can just work quickly. Each classroom a part of a...
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 16-17, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Almost 53, single, rent,

    no car, and work retail. Not at all what I had planned. Not sure what went wrong.
    jefl jefl 51-55, M 20 Responses Jul 24

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    Very frustrated with my life at the moment.

    I never taught I would be ere at this age. I have accomplished nothing I have been having major set backs. everything I try to do jus never works out. I jus need some new opportunities
    kimberlee1876 kimberlee1876 22-25, F 9 Responses May 9

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    I know we shouldn't compare ourselves to others.

    However, one of the worst things for me is reconnecting with childhood friends on Facebook(or other social media) & Seeing how much they have going for them. How great their lives turned out. I mean, I am happy for others! I guess I'm a bit ashamed that I'm not doing more in my...
    moniekita1988 moniekita1988 31-35, F 9 Responses Aug 11

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    Darkslinger Darkslinger 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    a lot of us feel like this.

    there are so many obstacles in life. how do we navigate them? I've lost a lot chasing what I wanted in this life. now I'm simply going to live and forget about what I want as much as possible. a quote that I've been thinking about lately. ... I have to let go of the...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 5 Responses Feb 3

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    Sometimes I just feel like no matter how old I

    get I'm always in some type of childhood position. All I've done in my life and yet still I feel I am back to square one. I seriously have to progress. Living a life almost by default. Not actively making decisions just dealing with whatever comes from my day to day actions. I...
    lovelife84 lovelife84 26-30, F 6 Responses May 30

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    lovelybrigid lovelybrigid 41-45, F 7 Responses Apr 29

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    well, I just reached my six month anniversary

    at my job. I work in a factory, which is odd seeing as how I have 3 degrees, several years of teaching experience and am a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Most people think I'm not living up to my potential but here's the thing- I make way more money and have a lot more job...
    jstephens4 jstephens4 31-35, M 9 Responses Feb 14

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    I am not either I have a great job

    that I hate and I wife that spends every cent I make also have 2 kids in college with one year left and one going to jr high
    piledriver3900 piledriver3900 46-50, M 8 Responses Aug 9

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