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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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    I wake up every morning

    and think to myself "how did this happen?" It seems as if the last 10 years have flown by and none of it is even remotely memorable. I had dreams and plans and goals on where I wanted to be in life. I'm 25 years old still living at home with my parents, I hate my job, and have...
    atdel89 atdel89 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm 27 years old. My boyfriend of a year

    and a half broke up with me almost a month ago. After that I started thinking I have a degree in criminal justice but can't find a job. I live with my parents. I've never been engaged. I want to be married with a house maybe kids and a better job that pays more than minimum wage...
    NikLee1987 NikLee1987 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    I'm only young but I still feel like I've lost

    a lot of opportunities through not trying hard enough at school. I'm doing a degree that I hate because I wasn't smart enough to get into what I really wanted to do. All my other attempts to transfer haven't worked either, I feel like I'm becoming a waste of resources. My intake...
    MyNameWasAlreadyTaken MyNameWasAlreadyTaken 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 23

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    I am 25 and I am a trucker

    that doesn't drive because I hate driving, honestly don't know where my life is going. I gave up my job and apartment to move down to Texas and nothing is working out the way it should and I just want to go back home but I don't want to be labeled as a quitter
    cmsullivan cmsullivan 22-25, M 7 Responses Aug 12

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    When I was a little girl,

    I used to have a weird but cute fixation on the number 24. As I was good at math and times tables, I found the number 24 interesting because it has so many factors for a relatively small number. I also liked the fact that there are 24 hours in a day and 24 ribs in the human body...
    Rivalry0x Rivalry0x 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 3

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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 30 Responses Aug 19

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    So, i've been out of education

    for a good 5 years now. By the end of my secondary school life, just during my GCSE's i was considered by many of my teachers as quite bright. I was only allowed to take 2 subjects as opposed to the 3 the majority of my yeargroup was allowed to take because of my dyspraxia...
    RitchB93 RitchB93 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    So I was contacted by an agency offering me work

    as a special educational needs learning support assistant (basically the sane job I had last year and I left because I felt like I should be doing something else) I keep getting calls in regards to jobs I don't want to do I think shall I just do it for the money but I physically...
    fairycake1 fairycake1 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I wanted to be on my own.

    My own house, car, gf or wife, maybe a kid, definitely a dog. I was hoping to own or manage a bar. A high class one too. Not some dive where drunk idiots go to get laid or contemplate suicide. A place where you have fun, socialize, and take a break from life for just a few...
    FallenPride FallenPride 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 28

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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 6 Responses Feb 21

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    Im divorcing my abusive husband

    and I'm terrified of life
    EMG1258 EMG1258 26-30, F 10 Responses Aug 18

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    I got a little into this in another story

    but allow me to elaborate. So, I am 23 years old. I wanted to move out of my parent's house when I turned 21 but that didn't happen hence I am still here. Also I had wanted to have my license before I graduated high school but once again I still don't have it mainly because of...
    Culinaryman23 Culinaryman23 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 22

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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 am so depress right now!

    ! I feel like I can't move forward! I feel like my life is so ******! I'm so overwhelmed. I try to walk around like I'm okay but I'm not. I hate where I'm at in life. I'm so f&cking tired of ppl telling me it's gonna get better. I honestly don't see it happening. I've been on...
    1morestatus 1morestatus 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 20

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    I'm worried about college.

    I want to be extremely successful and I've got big dreams but I'm afraid they won't come true because I won't get into the right college. I'm nowhere near where I need to be academically but I think I can make it in this world.
    LIZard0121 LIZard0121 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 17

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    I got accepted into grad school on scholarship.

    I'm living in New York. I'm well-known and have tremendous potential to do more but I feel stuck. I'm 25. I shouldn't feel so stagnant. I've been applying for work in relevant fields but I hear nothing. It makes me question my skills and experience in the most counterproductive...
    mp446 mp446 22-25, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    LostInLife19 LostInLife19 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 24

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    Ever since I was little,

    I was told I'm no good, nothing will come of me, no one will love me, etc. I've never had anyone to encourage me, stand up for me & protect me (not even from the perverts). Most of my life involved keeping up appearances despite the abuse, putting a smile on my face. No one...
    genie1981 genie1981 31-35, F 3 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I'm 33 and just about to start college

    for the first time. I had a full scholarship to culinary school at 18 but I never told my family because I didn't want to work in a restaurant all my life. I still don't regret that.
    AngelaValkyrie AngelaValkyrie 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 12

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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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    Traveling a lot I settled quickly

    after being with my fiancé for. 3 years, I had a baby.. Soon after she was born I find out that he had cheated on me, I move to the uk for help and support. My fiancé wants us back and begs for forgiveness, though I have been seeing an old flame for the past month and actually...
    Bohoho Bohoho 22-25, F 8 Responses Aug 21

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    It's time for a positive life changing

    experience and I know I have to begin with my inner self but I need to learn how.
    cjjb55 cjjb55 41-45, F 9 Responses Aug 19

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    Stuck In A High Paying Job

     I am not where I wanted to be at this age.  I"m 49, divorced with 3 adult kids that live with me.  I have a great job and earn a great salary but I end up spending most of my income on my kids, my ex-wife, and the house.  At work, I am an "in charge...
    preston95842 preston95842 46-50, M 11 Responses Dec 29, 2009

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    I graduated high school last year

    and went straight to university. I'm turning 19 soon and I think I'm not where I'd like to be at this age. To be honest, I have no clue what to do with my life. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is tumbling down on me - suffocating me. I'd like to set some goals for my...
    justburntsomepopcorn justburntsomepopcorn 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 12

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    I'm 47 and I'm just now beginning to figure out

    who I am and what I want. I'm getting a late start. But I guess late is better than not at all. :D
    coffeeflavoredkisses coffeeflavoredkisses 46-50, F 12 Responses Jun 16

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    I thought I'd make good money,

    have a wife and at least one probably two kids and a house with a lawn. Lots of pets. A great church and set of friends. Instead I have a dead end job, no relationship and I live with my parents and have nothing. I do have good friends and a great family.
    Mad1428 Mad1428 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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    I was almost killed by my ex

    and became disabled. Working on going back to school. Depressed and lonely
    ashchris ashchris 31-35, F 7 Responses Aug 20

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    I'm 19, married, and a mother of a beautiful

    daughter. I feel like I lived my life too fast. Growing up as a child I was forced to mature faster than my peers. As a young girl I was abused and often neglected. The only safe haven for me was at my grandparents house. But as usual, all good things come to an end. My...
    journeyyy journeyyy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    For as long as I can remember all I wanted in

    life was to be a wife and mother. Growing up in a broken home, this was a really big deal for me. That being said I got married at a very young age. And I loved, loved, loved my husband. Unfortunately two months after getting married my husband lost his job forcing me to take a...
    MahinaGlow MahinaGlow 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 24

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    Senior in high school

    and while I should be looking at colleges going out with friends I'm at home with my 1 month old son. And hanging out with friends is the least if my worries. For now I have support from my parents to finish school and attend college. But I'm so worried about what it means to...
    Dianakr11 Dianakr11 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 21

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    I'm not sure this is what I'm looking for.

    .. Maybe just someone who will listen and give advice and help me understand what I'm going threw help me piece it together cause I feel conflicted and lost and unsure of what I'm doing with my life. A sympathetic ear to listen and just be there when I need to talk. I'm always...
    gypsisoul gypsisoul 22-25, F 9 Responses a week ago

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    i spend all of my days with hope,

    ,but i am tired ,,i need something ,,i am not happy ,,i don't like be depress i wanna be positive and make other happy,, but i cant do it any more..what should i do..i know all of the advice about happiness ,,i don't need advice,,i need just change something in my life,,but what...
    CassieJess CassieJess 18-21, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm 40 but most people think I'm 30.

    I've been married 19 years and have children. The oldest we just sent off to college on a basketball scholarship. We make a decent living but a series of car accidents (teens) and one who went through acute depression has left us in a major financial hole. I don't have a...
    SummerChristmas SummerChristmas 36-40, F 4 Responses Aug 22

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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 17 Responses Jul 30

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    I am 17 going on 18 in OCT

    and I am completely....unfocused...and lost. I look back on the last few years and I feel like a complete ****-up. I dint get A honor roll or Ab honor roll. I managed to pass classes with high D, mid C or Low to High Bs. But my sister passed top of her class all A all Honors...
    Reaverscy Reaverscy 16-17, M 6 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm 44, half way through life

    if all goes well. This is not how I pictured things, but that isn't necessarily bad. There are things in life that matter more to me than being rich, famous, adored, etc. I am rich, famous and adored enough by my two little boys. I'm also at a point where I am learning new...
    myguitarisbusted myguitarisbusted 41-45, M 5 Responses Jun 26

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    I wish my parents pushed me into doing more

    things before it was too late.
    Ashash146 Ashash146 13-15, F 18 Responses Jul 24

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    I look at this experience sometimes

    and I wonder what to put down. I"m 39 going back to college in the fall to work on my A.S. Degree in Child Development. 39 isn't old but when it comes to going back to school it is. I may not be where i want to be on the outside or the outer man as I was told in Church, but...
    mlcockrell mlcockrell 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 24

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    All around me are familiar faces Worn out

    places, worn out faces Bright and early for the daily races Going nowhere, going nowhere. (Precise description of where I am)
    Ajliveup Ajliveup 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 14

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    I had so much hopes for myself

    when I was younger I thought by 19 I would have my **** together I am no where where I want to be and I am not reaching it any time soon. I thought I would have a better life and be happier in so many aspects, I can't help but feel that my life turned out to be a failure.
    melonladyy melonladyy 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 4

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    I feel like I have gone back

    and stuffed up my life with trying to please others and have just got kicked in the teeth Now trying to be positive and move on and be me again It's because of an ex wife who took everything and had to start life again .
    ant63 ant63 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    I was abused from birth by family members

    and then by my husband, from whom I finally escaped. I have had a few other very traumatic things happen in my life as well. Because I know I have talents and expect a lot of myself, for years now I have completely cut myself off from all my old friends and make myself...
    JaneG8 JaneG8 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Should i thought of myself first.

    . Self-preservation.. Be kind oneself..
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's not like I am unhappy

    or something. I actually love my life and feel grateful! I've found somebody to love who loves me in return; We are 7 months pregnant and a whole lot excited about our first little girl. I've got a job I really enjoy; We haven't had any major financial issues; Pretty much what...
    xxflipxx xxflipxx 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 24

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    I've been reading some of the members' posts

    about not being loveable despite trying EVERYTHING. We feel like we've done something wrong and resolve to accepting that this is 'just the way it is'. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. The one thing I haven't tried long term is going to church. Not to find a man at church but to...
    Apple0412 Apple0412 46-50, F 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    I'm in my mid-thirties,

    the time in life when one should be established in a career, have a spouse and some kids or animals or something. Instead, I have just started working at what I hope to make a career, trying to finish graduate school, and feeling too old and tired to conceive of ever being able...
    goldenbeginning goldenbeginning 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I'm 32 and if you would have told me 10 years

    ago where and what id be doing I would have laughed so hard as it is so far from who I am. I have 3 siblings. 2 older 1 younger. I was the one that got the best grades, went to college and moved 3000 miles from my family to try and make something of myself. I live with my...
    SocioNarcc SocioNarcc 31-35, M 6 Responses Aug 17

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    I have really bad anxiety at times,

    and that causes me to not be able what I want to do with my future, applying for jobs is difficult for me because my anxiety goes crazy and I start thinking negative thoughts. Or even getting my license. I'm working on being more positive and trying to put myself out there more...
    jojojojo207 jojojojo207 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 22

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    I am feeling so lost I can solve other peoples

    problems but not my own I used to work in a school with children who have special educational needs I quit in July because I constantly felt like I should be doing something else the only thing is I don't know what?? At night my mind runs overtime because I think what should I...
    fairycake1 fairycake1 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    derpftre derpftre 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Skuggington Skuggington 13-15, M 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    Hell No

    I suppose at this age I would have ideally been married by now and had my own counseling practice. That was the dream I had in college. I was thinking of going for my masters degree and having my own office. Now it seems I am the perpetual patient. A lot of crap has happened...
    Kittychanel Kittychanel 41-45, F 17 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    Im 14 , and i dont know what to do with my

    future , on my freetime i watch films and play games all day , hoping that something will solve my questions. I know everything about gaming ant etc , but im not sure where im going to bee in the future , games dont help at all im just wasting my time here , ive always wanted to...
    DaDrown DaDrown 13-15, M 6 Responses Aug 24

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