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I Am Not Where I Wanted to Be At This Age

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    I graduated college with a bachelors in

    communication and now work at a restaurant with disrespectful coworkers and demeaning management.
    bomvida bomvida 18-21, F Mar 22

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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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    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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    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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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 16 Responses Aug 4, 2014

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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 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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    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'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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    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 16 Responses Jan 2

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    easynuh easynuh 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 11

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    Hello everyone. I just stumbled upon this

    website this morning and am looking forward to trying it out and getting involved. I am 32, married and have a beautiful baby boy. While, I'm so fortunate to have all that, I'm unhappy and not comfortable in my own skin. I have felt this way for years and have made many attempts...
    restartnow restartnow 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 22

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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 5 days ago

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    lovelybrigid lovelybrigid 41-45, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Apr 12

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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 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'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 4 days ago

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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 5 Responses Apr 1

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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 a dyed-in-the-wool pessimist

    but I'm at a deciding point now and it's been making a positive difference. I really worked so hard for so long towards my own goals and in the end have failed in getting to where I wanted / needed to be at this point. I'm pretty sure I was so focused on them all that on some...
    LifeOfJake LifeOfJake 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    So I've finished dental assisting school & want

    to go further to become a dental hygienist. I'm getting married this summer & I'm ecstatic about it! However, my fiancé wants to start a family sooner than I. I really want to get school out of the way before we bring another child into our family. (I have a daughter) I'm torn...
    NekkiaB NekkiaB 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    Will be 50 next year

    and really never thought I would end up where I am now. While I do have a job and can support myself, I'm also now a double amputee, living alone and have never had real relationship in my life. I've pretty much accepted that I'm destined to be single for the rest of my life. I...
    25off 25off 46-50, M 5 Responses 4 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

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    I didn't think I would be a 31 year old virgin

    who only been on his first date a year ago.
    Clasher2103 Clasher2103 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 24

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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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    Not where I thought I'd be

    but I'm grateful...I've been blessed with a determination that keeps me going even when circumstances say I'm not supposed to. I'm just thankful.
    easynuh easynuh 26-30, F 8 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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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'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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    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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    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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    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 3 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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    Divorce, kids grown, parents gone,

    in my early 50's and was just diagnosed with ADD. Always knew something was up but didn't know what. Thought I was either just lazy or a genius lol. Know I know why I lose interest easily and have never really accomplished anything worthy except raising my kids although I feel I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Apr 25

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    When I found out I was pregnant a year

    and a half ago, I was scared to be in this position I am now. This is where I feared my life being. Everyone tried to warn me that my babydad would leave me, that he didn't care. But I believed every lie he told. Now I'm the single parent with no help and he's out partying...
    krmdr krmdr 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 22

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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...
    AngloCelt1965 AngloCelt1965 46-50, M 7 Responses Feb 15

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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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    For a 15 year old, people expect

    that being depressed is just a phase but sometimes I feel like this is a "non-ending phase" :/ anyone else?
    mennawashere mennawashere 13-15, F 7 Responses Apr 11

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    This song has been on my mind

    for awhile now because it so clearly speaks to my heart, my wishes, hopes and dreams. "Good Mother" by Jann Arden I've got money in my pocket I like the color of my hair I've got a friend who loves me Got a house, I've got a car I've got a good mother and her voice is what...
    snowberry75 snowberry75 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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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 feel frustrated in my career

    and feel I need to progress more .. I feel sad about having to cut my younger sister out of my life and now my family are taking her side as she manipulates them. I feel sad that I've grown up to realise that my family are so dysfunctional and controlling .. I feel like I have...
    ozgirl77 ozgirl77 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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