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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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    I'm in my 30s married with 3 kids.

    We are stuck in my parents home. just don't have the money to leave right now. I am stuck in a town I have hated since I was about 5 years old. I'm not sure what to do to get out of here.
    Mindella Mindella 31-35, F 6 Responses Apr 26

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    I'm 21 years old now my mum

    and stepdad have been together since I was 6. I hate my stepdad and he has never been there for me since day 1. My real father I don't know. Me and my mum don't get on because I hate my step dad so much. I don't live with them anymore but I hate knowing my step dad has sex with...
    laurenyh laurenyh 18-21, F 4 Responses May 15

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    My 10 yr high school reunion is coming up next

    year and I have done nothing with my life.I'm a 26 yr old college dropout who lives at home with my parents.I have a minimum wage part time job and although I like my job it's barely enough to live by and I'm so ashamed cause at this point in life I should be taking care of my...
    sandyb123 sandyb123 26-30, F 14 Responses May 13

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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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    Gaspipestalin has been reported.

    Thank you to the nice comments and I hope well for everyone. I am no longer interested in this site. I don't live my life with drama, stupidity and arrogance and do not wish to be associated with a site that allows destructive comments to be posted. I fear for the people who are...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Apr 25

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    Or maybe I am........

    I thought I'd be super amazing inventing everything, or start a company Next year though, I have to wait a year the chick told me....... "The laws" It's cool though, I don't have any business plan full, I don't want to have one, I want to start another thing man..... I have...
    Denzebarrrn Denzebarrrn 18-21, M 3 Responses May 9

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    I'm 28 years old with a 2 year degree working

    for a large corporation selling mobile plans and this is definitely not where I wanted to be. I have no idea what I want to do with this life. I survived 4 years in the military. I've worked over seas after the military. I'd like to go back to college but I refuse to bury myself...
    justanotherguy86 justanotherguy86 26-30, M 7 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    Has anyone heard about numerology life path?

    I stumble upon it and started reading about it and than decided to calculate my number and it was eerily accurate, basicly say mine is 6/which is a humanists/family.I guess it would make sense why I'm so depress and unhappy about not being to take care of my parents.Any who if...
    sandyb123 sandyb123 26-30, F 1 Response May 15

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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 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 sometimes have wondered

    where you've gone...
    visaforlove visaforlove 31-35, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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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 12 Responses Jul 30, 2014

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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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    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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    and it is pathetic. by this age i should have

    been learned how to manage the most common illnesses after 5 years studying medicine . we got drawn in anatomy , physiology , pathology , biochemistry , forensic , toxicology , ent , ophthalmology , internal medicine and pediatrics without being able to manage a single case...
    sam1992really1 sam1992really1 22-25, M 2 Responses May 15

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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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    I have cancer and my husband

    who ive adored is a meth addict and is xheating on me...
    genbmc genbmc 46-50, F 6 Responses May 18

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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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    I just turned 21 and moved back in with my

    parents on my birthday, because my neighbours were pissed that I wouldn't babysit for them (for free) and filed false complaints to the landlords, which got me evictes (even after explaining to the landlord what was going on). So now I'm 21, living with my parents with no job or...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 4 Responses Apr 13

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    I always thought that I'd be married

    and have another child and a family. That obviously isn't in the cards for me. I'm accepting that and looking forward to the freedom I will have. It's sad that I won't have anyone to take care of soon but for once in my life perhaps I can find someone to take care of me....who...
    455cargirl 455cargirl 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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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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    Im not to happy about

    where im at in this stage of my life. I know people tend to say it all depends on YOURSELF to change your situation but sometimes I just feel helpless.
    donydonderson donydonderson 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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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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    STILL FEEL THAT I AM TO YOUNG TO BE RETIRED

    TWICE. THINKING I WILL START A NEW CAREER SOON. SELLING 2 OF MY RENTAL PROPERTIES NEXT WEEK AND THAT WILL PAY OFF MY CURRENT HOUSE.
    marinerob marinerob 46-50, M 2 Responses May 15

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    I'm in an aimless state right now.

    Theoretically my life should be pretty good, I have parents who will support just about any life path I choose to take, and they can fund university if that's what I want... but I have no idea what I want. My life up to this point has been mostly scripted. Elementary school...
    distantlurker distantlurker 18-21, M 6 Responses Jan 11

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    I am definitely not where I wanted to be at my

    age. Ive had 2 broken relationships and I feel like a few years of my life have been eaten away by scum. I wonder where I would be had I kept things simple. Of this I am certain: I would have been better off. I would not be posting this on EP
    tan54321 tan54321 31-35, F 9 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I'm 19 years old and it's been almost a year

    since I graduated high school. I remember having plans to at least attend the nearby community college, start investing my time into music composition, start looking towards a new career path. I discovered that I may just want to become a video game composer, creating and...
    WardenChult WardenChult 18-21, M 2 Responses May 15

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    Have you ever had that sudden I've made a mess

    of it all moment? I had that last night. I woke around 2 am from a bad dream and thought to myself: when did everything turn sour, a few years back everything seemed to be going well, my life was on track but I dunno i guess somewhere between then and now i got knocked down and...
    xCoinx xCoinx 22-25, M 4 Responses Apr 24

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    Starting yesterday. I swore to myself,

    i will no longer seek company from women. I lost my mom around age of two. I know this is the root of my issues. I just want to hear what i never heard as a kid. I love you from a female. Well anyone for that matter. Time and time again i find women with so many issues. The more...
    NarratorAkaTylerDurden NarratorAkaTylerDurden 31-35, M 6 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    Nor was I except i realized

    that the person who I thought was at that point isnt happy. He works at goldman & sacs. Makes like 150k + FULL benefits + perks like persobal trainer and massage therapy/spa. Wife. Lives in a mansion on the beach. 25 years old. I would say yah he is there. He wanted to be a...
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 2 Responses Apr 29

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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 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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    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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    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 feel like everyone secretly hates me.

    I feel like I'm never good enough. And I'm only 13, I want this age to be a fun and happy time. Not sad and lonely.😥
    HappyFreak765 HappyFreak765 13-15, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    The plan in my head when I was younger is

    graduate HS early, finish my BS at university by 22, and be employed and on my own by now. Sadly I cannot even live up to my own expectations because life is crazy. At least I am still heading in the right direction...
    TK13 TK13 22-25, M 1 Response May 15

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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 17 Responses Aug 4, 2014

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    Literally just enrolled in driving school.

    I'm 17. I shoulda been on that **** months ago.
    Stargirl227 Stargirl227 18-21, F 8 Responses Apr 9

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    People are always asking about our short term

    and long term goals. Where we'll see ourselves in 5 years, in 10 years. In high school , if you asked me where I would want to be by this time, I would've said, "Engaged." Finishing college and getting ready to marry the love of my life. But where am I really? I am finishing...
    ismalbergher ismalbergher 22-25, F 6 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    i always figured that on my 18th birthday i

    would have left my miserable life behind and started having some real fun but it turns out that my miserable life is firmly attached to me. 😢
    Cubeball Cubeball 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 9

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    easynuh easynuh 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 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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    I'm 23 and at this point I thought I would have

    accomplished more. I have my associates degree and am half way through my bachelors but I don't feel like I've done enough. When my parents were kids they were protesting and going to gurus in India. What I've done is nothing compared to them.
    knittygurl23 knittygurl23 22-25, F 7 Responses Apr 30

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    lovelybrigid lovelybrigid 41-45, F 7 Responses Apr 29

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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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    I'm not in a band like I've wanted

    since age four. I dropped out of college twice. Most of the people I considered friends seemed to vanish out of the blue. Got a part-time minimum wage job. Boyfriend lives almost eight hours away. But on the bright side, I'm becoming a better musician, trying to get back into...
    CasvalEarth CasvalEarth 22-25, T 2 Responses Apr 21

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