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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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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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    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 3 Responses 2 hrs ago

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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 wanted to join law enforcement

    when I was in my early 20's, but my family threw a fit because my daughter was 2-3 three years old at that time, so I picked my other area of interest which was the medical field. So I pursued the medical field and I have been doing that field since 1999, and I'm burn burn out...
    countrygirltx77 countrygirltx77 36-40, F 4 Responses May 31

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    I am 30. I destroy everything good.

    I don't try for anything I want.
    stephane28 stephane28 26-30, F 10 Responses Jun 23

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    Sitting in my mediation today.

    My business person asked if "we" we're getting ready for any competitions. I asked if "we" we're going to do pairs bodybuilding. He said we could and I suggested waiting until next year when I will be 50. We would be a shoe in for that category. He and my outside counsel were...
    Gwall1234 Gwall1234 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 9

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    And it's probably deserved,

    I had chances through education, but due to my impulsive nature and lack of willpower, I screwed it up. In hindsight, dropping out of university was probably the right decision, but I probably should have done it sooner, or better yet, looked at alternative methods to get my...
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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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 certainly didn't expect to be

    where I'm at in life at this age... sometimes I get depressed even thinking about it at times. But then again everyone's story is different and success comes at different rates. Just gonna be consistent and persistent. #StayingInMyOwnLane
    ZazzyBee ZazzyBee 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 2

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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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    ...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...
    NeighborAndDad NeighborAndDad 56-60, M 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Negiin Negiin 13-15, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    A just reward - for not knowing clearly

    where I wanted to be. I still don't know it - but now at least I know that I do not know, and can work on finding out...
    AndSto AndSto 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 26

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    At 21 I do nothing but work

    and go to school. I thought at this age I would having fun and loving my life. I thought I would with a guy who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I guess everything happens for s reason
    Ladyred93 Ladyred93 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 2

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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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    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 a love hate relationship with the

    beginning of summer. During this time I literally want to delete my Facebook account and mailing address. All my friends and former class mates are either getting married, graduating college, or are expecting. Than there is me I can't get a date, I post hundreds of pictures of...
    slp2010 slp2010 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 2

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    I have never been able to complete the degree I

    wanted...so I finally found a way to convince myself I am not a degree. A piece of paper cannot define who I am. I still would like to complete the degree I started and I guess I wish I was a little farther down the life plan road but I try really hard to love where I am and...
    pewing43 pewing43 46-50, F 3 Responses Jun 9

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    Not where I want to be,

    but it's getting better. I passed my Marketing exam. Almost halfway done with my MBA. I still have trouble remembering I have a Bachelor's degree and I'm halfway done with a Masters. Pretty awesome.
    SnowflakeWonder SnowflakeWonder 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 7

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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 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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    Sometimes I just feel

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

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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 feel bord and im horny at this time.

    Im 18 year old guy. Im looking for a fun of a female if there's willing im on skype online right now. Skype: Hustlemjhong00
    jhong00 jhong00 18-21, M Jun 4

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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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    Ever since I was nine years old,

    I've had big aspirations in life. The first one was to remain happy; no matter what the consequences. I am currently turning thirteen, but oh boy, my life is in a state I never imagined it to be. My dad hates my mom, my mom DISLIKES (doesn't hate) the new him. they were...
    alastairgg alastairgg 13-15, M 4 Responses Jun 9

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    I just want to get out of here,

    but I have no idea how to move to other country for long term.
    visaforlove visaforlove 31-35, F 2 Responses May 31

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    Soooooo much potential.

    Soooooo many plans! I remember a conversation I had with my friends in High School . I laid out my ten year plan. They had a five year plan at most. I was the one who wanted to do this and that. 8 years later, THEY HAVE DONE WHAT I SAID I WOULD DO. I have not. I would not feel...
    Espiallidocious Espiallidocious 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 27

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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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    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'm trying to get to the bottom of my self

    so there is no lie left being truthful about myself and how I feel is very painful and extremely difficult I want to run and hide
    tjon tjon 51-55, F 1 Response a week 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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    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 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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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    One class away from getting my degree in

    chemistry, and I failed it. I should have graduated two years ago. I can't do anything with it cuz of my crappy gpa. Grad/specialty schools require at least 2.5+ and I am far below that. My ceremony was the other day, threw a huge party, got more than $500 worth of gifts...
    jimcrick jimcrick 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 17

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    I look back over my 44 years

    and ask myself in life what do I have to show then I become depressed because am on section 8 have a 8 year old I want to give the world to bit can't. I have three and babies I love so much so Many thing I want to give them but I can't. Another who I fight with..am tired you can...
    mleonna mleonna 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 27

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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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    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 can't really complain about

    where I am in my life, is just not where I expected to be. I never imagined having children or having an endless mortgage. I'd really just like a life of having fun and partying, but that's unrealistic.
    Rodgers1981 Rodgers1981 31-35, M 5 Responses Jun 23

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    I'm literally a ******* mess still,

    I still have no job, I'm still mentally unstable, still going to counselling, still can't form relationships of any sort with people, still Can't talk to people properly, my family is still ****, everything is just **** still
    Unicornpeasant Unicornpeasant 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 2

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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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    Hey everyone, I'm not sure

    why I'm even posting on here... I guess I just have no one to chat to and need to keep my brain occupied right now... I'm 24 years old and this is definitely not where I want to be... It's around midnight here and I'm still up (I usually am until around 3am everyday) even...
    BlackAnt1991 BlackAnt1991 22-25, M 4 Responses May 31

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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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