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I Believe Its Our Experiences That Make Us Who We Are

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    The people around us,

    our friends, family members, the quotes we take to heart. The music we love to listen to and can't get enough of, the lyrics we relate to, our favourite instrument, our interactions with people we know and with strangers. Our hobbies and special talents. Big things and little...
    carazami carazami 16-17 Nov 2, 2015

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    Life is full of ups and downs.

    Victories and challenges. I haven't always made the best decisions in life however it's all of what I've been through that makes me who I am today. It's also life's decisions that have brought the people in my life across my path. I choose to not focus on the past but to learn...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 11, 2015

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    Listening To Iris.

    I break down. I want to scream. I want to bleed. I want to cry. I would rather have pain than have to bear this deafening silence. My life is flying away before me and yet I am going nowhere. That moment when I realize that this is all for nothing. School. Relationships...
    WhisperWhisper WhisperWhisper 18-21, F Jan 13, 2013

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    paddyg8599 paddyg8599 51-55, M Nov 2, 2015

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    to expect the worst consistently may be sound

    judgment BUT it's also  poisonous to the psyche
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F Sep 6, 2015

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    I believe my past has made me the person I am

    today. A lot of bad things have happened. And those things have made me a stringer person and it's made me wiser. Those experiences have changed my outlook on the world and without them I wouldn't be the strong resilient person I am today.
    Katiepoohmm Katiepoohmm 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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    On tv it seems like the claws of cats big

    or small arent that scary not sharp lmao since ive grown up with dogs and their nails are somewhat rough and can only do scratches.. During my playtime with one of my cats a few mins ago, she scratched my ring finger (inside part) .. Before it happened i am really expecting ill...
    Chiscuit Chiscuit 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 13, 2015

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    Sometimes you do not realize the weight of

    something you have been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.
    Changeling79 Changeling79 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 21, 2015

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    It Is What We Think About Our Experiences That Make Us Who We Are!

    The map is not the territory. We can think and feel any way we choose about an experience, that in it self is what shapes us. If you are unhappy with where you presently are in life start seeing it differently and changes begin to happen almost effortlessly. Don't allow people...
    JCsNewLife JCsNewLife 36-40, M Feb 7, 2013

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    Tired yet had a productive day !

    I fell in line to the cashier with the SSSnake line .I thought I would spent the half of the day.. lol
    claninzx claninzx 18-21, F Nov 4, 2015

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    She Loves Me

    Today is my birthday. I suppose I'll get a little bit of recognition for it but I really do like to keep things simple. Coming up, it was never a tradition in our family to celebrate birthdays with too much enthusiasm. Though I don't think the lack of fanfare was because of a...
    cheetah38 cheetah38 41-45, F Feb 13, 2013

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    Over the years of being married.

    ..I have come to love cooking, cleaning, and laundry to show my wife how much I love her...when she isnt feeling well...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 24, 2015

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    We all have our ups and downs some people have

    more downs than others, I have been through a lot and I'm only 24 I used to look at friends family or anyone and think how come your life is perfect and I'm the one who has lost 4 babies. But I got the strength to get through the hard times and every now and again have to dig...
    willowknight willowknight 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 18, 2014

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    I am a pretty cynical person,

    because of my experiences. But I still am hopeful and happy within my life. I just don't expect much from others.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 24, 2015

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    I no longer believe in the idea of soul mates,

    or love at first sight. But I am beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you are lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed...
    Changeling79 Changeling79 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 21, 2015

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    When I was a little boy I was scared of the

    back room at my grandmothers house. It was dark,cold, and filled with monsters. One day she made me a head to toe Frankenstein costume out of recycled paper bags. Suddenly I was not scared to be in the back room. I learned that the world is a scary place filled with monsters...
    ramble123 ramble123 31-35, M 1 Response May 7, 2015

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    Everybody has gone through something

    that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.
    Changeling79 Changeling79 36-40, F Mar 20, 2015

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    I was sexually assaulted .

    No I didn't want to have sex with this man . But I'm having thoughts about being involved in bsdm because I think the pain and humiliation reinforces the rape I'm trying to figure this out !! I also want to sell my body to figure out what happened to me . What's wrong with me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 6, 2015

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    Life

    I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. However, I would not take back any of them. These mistakes are what create our personality. They give us backbone, and wisdom. The older I get the more I realize that I am perfect the way I am. I do not need to please anyone or allow...
    Skywanderer Skywanderer 36-40, F 1 Response May 6, 2013

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    All that we do, all that we think

    and everything that we experience instantly and forever becomes a part of who we are. It becomes inextricably etched upon our souls... In this way experience moulds individuality, but individuality can also determine experience. That is to say, by being mindful and proactive...
    LeChemineau LeChemineau 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 11, 2015

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    Letting Go Of The Past

    It's not an easy task getting rid of your past as you sift through boxes of memorabilia, draws full of your kids toys, cupboards full of clothes/teddies, looking through photographs of better times. One thing you must do is be ruthless and unemotional. That's where I let myself...
    1 Response Jan 20, 2013

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    I believe that you are the sum of every

    decision you've ever made
    daisymarie12 daisymarie12 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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    "When people say you’ve changed,

    smile and nod. Agree with them. Because it’s true: you have. Everyday, we’re all constantly changing, learning from our past mistakes and growing stronger as individuals. It’s inevitable and at the end of the day, it’s almost always for the better. I can guarantee you...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F Jan 13

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    I do believe this. I've had failed relationships

    and I've learnt a great deal from them. I think you have to experience the bad to appreciate the good. You learn to choose your battles rather than wading in to a full scale War. You appreciate the small things and value them. You can understand other peoples pain because you...
    chrissie58 chrissie58 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 18, 2014

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    Advice from An Old Farmer (shared from my FB

    feed) Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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    How You Respond

    Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.Walter...
    Beautifulnlost22 Beautifulnlost22 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 17, 2013

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    I don't know if it's

    that time of year or just the times we live in, but it truly upsets me to see so many people letting the negativity in their world affect their lives so much. Life is hard and you know what? ...it's going to be because anything worth having never comes easy in this world...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 10, 2015

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    Of course. How you endure

    and cope with any given situation defines how you look at life from then on. What's amazing is the amount of stuff you survive!!!
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Sep 19, 2014

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    sunlookred sunlookred 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    It would be great to meet fellow travelers on this spiritual journey. We could swap stories and encourage one another along the way. Anyone out there who are not of this world?
    tuneh tuneh 36-40, F 22 hrs ago

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    One of a kind closeted gay man looking for his soul mate, a closeted lesbian. 100% discreet and 100% masculine. I am handsome, physically fit, athletic, genuine, outgoing, career...
    joesmithnyc joesmithnyc 41-45, M 2 days ago

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    Just have to let out my annoyance here.. Anyhow i am a natural blonde and i really, really despise this blonde trend myself :/ I hate this sterotype of blondes. But a lot of women...
    LibriArte LibriArte 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Sometimes I get really tired of people who are always worried about what other people will think of them. Snore.
    ImpIosion ImpIosion 70+, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I adore people who are not afraid of the groups they follow/support on EP. Everyone's got something they don't reveal to everyone but they should be comfortable being who they are...
    eharber18 eharber18 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I love people who are sassy too. That snarkiness is a definite bonus as well. I'm pansexual so I just love people in general.
    eharber18 eharber18 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I'm bored and I like talking. Anyone is free to message me ❤️💙
    SydKid SydKid 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    A year ago Friday I lost my grandmother to lung cancer toughest week of my entire life I'd never lost anyone who was so influential in my life before then a few months later my...
    dtrain1999 dtrain1999 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    There are people here looking to get money...!
    Philtoyou Philtoyou 46-50, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I have been having these thoughts of having sex with another female. Nothing serious, just a hookup. I'm straight (or at least I think I am) but the thought of another woman is the...
    Nikki252 Nikki252 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    well you shouldn't be afraid of what people think cause what people think doesn't matter ??
    donnylevi511 donnylevi511 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 4

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    One of the biggest thrills I get is when a woman pretends to let me talk her into doing something lol
    CODECRACKER2014 CODECRACKER2014 41-45, M Feb 4

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    If your not being yourself.. who are you being ?
    CODECRACKER2014 CODECRACKER2014 41-45, M 5 Responses Feb 1

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    It's a strength I have yet to aquire.
    Rucbrar Rucbrar 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 30

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