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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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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 wanted to earn millions at this stage

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

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    i was supposed to be married,

    have a law degree with a steady career by age 30 at the latest. Here I am, 32 and an unemployed single mother on welfare with no degree and not a single asset to my name. I'm such a winner.
    CassiBee CassiBee 31-35, F 11 Responses Jul 11

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    I want to be more independent

    and mature, but I feel guilty cause I'd get lazy and anxious thinking about the things that I should start doing to get to that point. I also want to get in a job rn to save some as early as possible. I'm planning on visiting my home country. I applied for a job at a local...
    lilacgalaxy lilacgalaxy 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 12

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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 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I saw an old friend earlier on by chance

    walking down the street, he told me about his awesome job and life, I had to lie when he asked me what I'm doing now. I know it wasn't a deliberate attempt to solve his success in my face, but it made me feel utter ****, I'm such a pathetic loser, at my age you're supposed to...
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 5

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    Don't wanna be "here" at my age.

    ..on the other hand...who sets the rules for that? Me? No. I'm clueless.
    BluChild BluChild 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 5

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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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    It seems like everyone at my age is becoming

    successful... Wish I can just rewind back time to when I was 16 and start over..
    SweetRose22 SweetRose22 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 21, 2014

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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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    Pepsimarie1701 Pepsimarie1701 36-40, F 8 Responses Jul 14

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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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    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 4 Responses Jul 13

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    I just turned 46. I hate being closer to 50

    than to 40. When I was 20 I thought by now I'd have a wonderful career, money in the bank, and tons of good friends. Right now I'm in a dead-end job, can't afford to take a vacation, and have not one close friend. I feel like a failure a lot of the time. At this point, I'm...
    cdrys cdrys 46-50, M 11 Responses Jun 8

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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 19 Responses Aug 4, 2014

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    49 years of age. Not only that,

    but closing on halfway to the Big 5-0! The time in a person's life – especially a man's, by today's cultural norms – when I ought to be nearing the peak of my wealth, power, and productivity: closing on the top of the corporate ladder, or at least securely established in a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Feb 15

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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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    I thought that by now I would be married with

    at least one child. Unfortunately, my life didn't turn out that way. I don't have anyone special in my life and had I not make a decision I thought was best for me at the time, I'd at least have a child to love. I've been on my job for nearly 20 years, which I am very grateful...
    sanntay7334 sanntay7334 46-50, F 11 Responses Apr 21

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    Gosh. I'm so young but I really wish I could be

    doing something useful! I want to help people and I wish I could do more for people. It makes me upset I that I can't do anything. I try, but it still makes me feel like a failure. Nobody owes anything to me. I owe so much and I don't know what to do. It makes me crazy
    giathedancer giathedancer 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 11

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    ...And so, I would like to ask

    that everyone in America please send me one US dollar. I could settle for a quarter but I think it might cut through the envelope and fall out. The postage would probably be higher too. Okay, I'll settle for a penny...just a dirty, crummy, little penny. (That's my final offer...
    DieselDad DieselDad 56-60, M 4 Responses Jul 7

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    Negiin Negiin 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 5

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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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    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'm 22. Not married. Unemployed.

    hmmm. I dont really care getting maried just want kids like 5.
    hawkeye000027 hawkeye000027 22-25, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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 6 Responses Feb 3

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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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    I remember people saying

    that I am an intelligent kid all my life. My teachers and friends used to say that I had a bright future ahead of me. Now I am in my early 20's graduating from college without a decent job and I don't think I can get one anytime soon. Some of my friends are in a position where...
    nostromo16 nostromo16 22-25, M 5 Responses Jul 7

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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 6 days ago

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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 4 Responses Jul 13

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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 3 Responses Mar 7

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    Stupid Genius

    When I was a kid, I was constantly told how smart I was and how one day I'm going to make it.  When I was 8 years old I was put into the G.A.T.E. (Gifted And Talented Education) program and had to attend a new school.  I was a little worried about what was going to be...
    TheIdeaOfMe TheIdeaOfMe 31-35, F 60 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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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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    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 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    Why does it seem like I'm going nowhere

    and I'm almost 30. Every aspect of my life is just a mess right now.
    mlia48 mlia48 26-30, F 29 Responses Aug 19, 2014

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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.
    Mama2ljre Mama2ljre 36-40, F 10 Responses Jun 23

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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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    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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    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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    Sometimes I just feel

    that I'm supposed to have a family and lovely kids at 29
    billyofhollywood billyofhollywood 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 5

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    I really wish at this age I could have already

    been in the military but I'm to ******* fat.
    Sometimesilence Sometimesilence 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 20

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    I am a 41 year old mom of 3 children ages 11,

    14, and 16. I don't have a college degree and I don't have a driver's license. Did I plan on being totally dependent on my husband and family members? Did I plan on having to give up on friendships because I couldn't drive to any get togethers? Did I plan on living paycheck to...
    rrj1012 rrj1012 41-45, F 15 Responses Jan 2

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    Darkslinger Darkslinger 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    When i was younger i all ways

    though id have a good job and and stuff buy now but hay what can you do some times life doesn't go to plan
    BrynDavid BrynDavid 31-35, M Jul 11

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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 15 Responses Jun 5

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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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    izzzy098 izzzy098 13-15, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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