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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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    Behind in my career plan.

    Studying medicine is asking to get burnt out and most likely some level of depression. The journey to becoming a doctor is where the casualties occur. It's fraught with academic hurdles that are depression and anxiety inducing. One wrong move, one low score, you can screw...
    TwistedCognition TwistedCognition 36-40, M 4 Responses Jan 5

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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 4 Responses Feb 15, 2015

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    I may not be where I want to be at this age,

    but I am exactly where God wants me to be and His timing is perfect. I know He's working for my good and I am thankful. ~may all who read be blessed!~
    kayblue kayblue 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 6

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    I'm such a failure...

    I was supposed to go through Job Corps to get get training for Office Administration and get a good job so I could move out and start my life. I only lasted a week there, before I had to leave because the whole center was just horrible. None of the staff know how to or want to...
    IcySongBird IcySongBird 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 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, 2015

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    I'm going to run for president.

    I can see it now... Mailbox! Make America great again! Yes... everyone would vote for me right?
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 14

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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, 2015

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    I have succeeded in all of my academic goals

    and have raised an awesome family and am part of an awesome family but I haven't succeeded in the 'real world'. I haven't figured out where I belong. I am literally stuck in hell on earth 8 hours a day. I need a new job but with all my fancy education I'm inept at knowing how...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks 41-45, F 5 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    I am 18. Now I know I have my whole life ahead

    of me but hear me out first. I'm just now graduating high school. I was supposed to last year at the latest. I'm insanely bright so I know I could have graduated at 16. But I didn't. I got held back. Why? I was getting bumped around family's because everyone I got put in after I...
    ToughLoveKitten ToughLoveKitten 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 30

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    I could not be farther from

    where I wanted to be or thought I would be at this age. Wow, I never would have guessed, honestly.
    CharryICT CharryICT 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 1

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    In a couple of weeks I turn 61.

    Anybody else turning that age? It seems so unreal. I think it's because I've been fortunate to enjoy great health and overall fitness. I didn't think it would, but I'm kind of bummed out over the whole thing. I should be grateful, I know, just to be alive and to enjoy so many...
    Blissnow Blissnow 61-65, M 6 Responses Jan 9

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    Grrrrr!! I'm 45, and am

    so poor! At 35, I sustained a career ending injury while working in Afghanistan. I was on track to retire at 40. Boy did all that change when I had to go on SSDI. Now, I'm poor, live in Section 8 housing, have no car and just barely get by. What a disappointing turn of events...
    Pauly1904 Pauly1904 41-45, M 3 Responses Jan 23

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    i was never really afraid of getting old

    as a kid but i still wasnt looking forward to it. so i wanted everything done while i was young. i wanted to have a baby by the time i was 20, so i also wanted to be married with a house by then too. my reasoning for this was that i didnt want to be old while my child was...
    cillasavage cillasavage 18-21, F 10 Responses Nov 9, 2015

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Apr 21, 2015

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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 3 Responses Jul 27, 2015

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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 14 Responses Jun 5, 2015

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    We all have to stop trying to fashion our lives

    after the tv .After the camera is gone it is totally different world for these people, so despite your personal fears of not being where you think you ought to be cheer up and commit 1 hour of your day to the place you want to be in (set plans in motion). have a good time with...
    7Actskind 7Actskind 22-25, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Where do I start! Im turning 27 in april,

    and I still live with my parents. Yes I have a job temporary employee at a job I don't want. I am depressed and toying with the idea of committing suicide, I won't but the thought creeps in now and then. I have never had a girlfriend or even a "best friend"! I'm an open and...
    grungie13 grungie13 26-30, M 6 Responses Jan 24

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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 12 Responses Aug 8, 2015

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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, 2015

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    I was born into a family

    that is very unfortunate for the career I'm hoping for (NASCAR driver). The reason it's unfortunate is because racing is pretty much the single most expensive sport to get into and compete in, and we don't have an over abundance of money. I've done some go-kart leagues at an in...
    LifesProtaginist LifesProtaginist 18-21, M Jan 3

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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, 2015

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    I definitely am not where i wanted to be at

    this point. I am only 23 but i saw myself going to college. I currently do not have a diploma or ged. Im nervous to try and get my ged because i havent been in school for quite some time. Ive applied at so many jobs over the course of a year. I go and meet the managers so they...
    loco8912 loco8912 22-25, M 5 Responses 5 days ago

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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 18 Responses Jul 24, 2015

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    I really am not I figured I would have gone to

    collage and be done with school by now have a career and ascend the corporate ladder eventually loll I'm no where near close to that but I plan to turn things around this year. failure is really never the end, your life is like a rocket ship and you can turn it around anytime...
    hellokitty206 hellokitty206 22-25 3 Responses Jan 22

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    i'm 22 and I'm no where near

    where I wanted to be at this age. I had high expectations for myself and dreams but those are all long gone now. Life for me has now turned into little more than a waking dream, I do the same thing everyday and it all has so little meaning to me. I don't know where I want to...
    lmpulsive lmpulsive 22-25, M 10 Responses Oct 9, 2015

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 16, 2015

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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 31-35, F 9 Responses May 30, 2015

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    I'm sorry but it seems everyone here is in

    their 20s and have so much ahead of them. You all still have lots of time to change things, to make your lives better. I am almost 50 and look back on my life wondering what went wrong. I am divorced, still living with my ex because I have no money and nowhere to go. I am...
    PressPToPlay PressPToPlay 46-50, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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, 2015

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    I am worth more dead

    than alive. I cosigned my daughters student loans and now we are trying to consolidate and no one will help us. Our debt to income ratio is too high. I am so stressed that I could lose everything because I helped my child to better herself. I feel like I am being punished for...
    Whateverinmo Whateverinmo 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    I should rephrase this to "I'm not

    where I thought I would be right now" it's less negative. If you'd have told me I'd throw away my dreams, I would have argued with you till the end. If you would have told me I'd be a mother right now, a single mother at that - I would have laughed. If you'd told me I would...
    lozenbee lozenbee 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 19, 2015

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    I still live at my mom's house,

    I don't have a car yet, but I actually have a job so that's good, I'll get an income every month. Unfortunately I have to pay rent to live at my mom's house which sucks.
    myghostsayshi myghostsayshi 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 13

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    I just realized I have to do something

    innovative before I have to go to college. If I don't then I will go to college and be an economic slave for the rest of my life. Don't panic, I got this. Maybe.
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 16-17, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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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, 2015

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    I am 23 year old married loser.

    I thought by now that I would hVe a great group of friends and have overcame this depression. I have never had friends and no one seems to like me... Idk maybe it has to do with my lack of personality. I try and try but my husband seems to be the one people want to be around and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Jan 1

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    lovelybrigid lovelybrigid 41-45, F 6 Responses Apr 29, 2015

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    It would be so easy to just stop existing at

    this point. I literally cannot even think of where to start fixing my life. I have got to stop wallowing I know. But I have got to the point where I can't even be bothered with life right now. Back to bumbling and floating around.
    js246 js246 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 2

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    Never been married, never

    even had a long-term partner. No kids, no career, nothing to my name. But I still have my whole life ahead of me, so I can make it happen.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 15 Responses Nov 3, 2015

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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...
    rescuemuttsrule rescuemuttsrule 41-45 3 Responses Apr 17, 2015

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    Did I want to be 15 and a mom no

    but God's will is not always our plans. I wouldn't give up my son for anything though. Neither would his dad.
    sassygirl15 sassygirl15 13-15, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    At this moment I wanted to be

    where I belong among the other dragons. Not only talk with some on a network. but really be free and fly alone or together with them trough the air above the mountains.
    JustADragon JustADragon 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 9

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    Hi , my name is Anthony

    and I'm 23. I want to be in College right now. I been out of high school since 2011
    Anthony2400 Anthony2400 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 17

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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 36-40, F 13 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    It just saddens me. I am a 14 year old freshman

    girl who should be out and about with her friends on the weekend, but instead is in her room all the time trying not to think because thinking leads to dark places. Im too young to be feeling this way. Normalcy is all I want, but it's a struggle trying to fit in or do my work...
    Rucbrar Rucbrar 13-15, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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