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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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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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    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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    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 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 2 days ago

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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 1 day ago

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

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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 always thought by now I would have my degree,

    be married, and pregnant with my first child by now. Instead I'm single and childless , I am however back in school!
    Cat052314 Cat052314 26-30, F 17 Responses Jul 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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    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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    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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    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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    lovelybrigid lovelybrigid 41-45, F 7 Responses Apr 29

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 10 Responses Jul 11

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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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    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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    KR17 KR17 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Darkslinger Darkslinger 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 16

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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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    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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    Pepsimarie1701 Pepsimarie1701 36-40, F 7 Responses Jul 14

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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 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 10 Responses Jun 8

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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'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 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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    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 10 Responses Apr 21

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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 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