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I Cant Change the Past But I Can Change My Future

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    I Am A Survivor

    Sexual abuse, neglect, rejection, verbal bashing, discrimination, drug abuse, alcoholism....u name it ive probably been there and done that. My latest episode had to have been my strongest and most significant. I was 17 years old, leavin on the streets, selling drugs and...
    Wanascream813 Wanascream813 18-21, F 103 Responses Nov 6, 2009

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    A Message To Mulkie....

    I used to carry a lot of baggage, I still do. I used to consider I had a "dark heart", and sometimes, I still do. I consider myself a "realist" who sees things for what they are. But my baggage is now overflowing, and now I realize that I have to lay it down. I have to learn...
    mulkie mulkie 41-45, M 6 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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    Whenever I think about you,

    I think about our plans. The central park date. The starbucks lunch. The movie-and-game room. The morning sex. The breakfast in bed. The kiss when I get mad. The fight over couch. The unlimited sushi. The apartment in LA. I can't change the past. The day when we talked and I...
    rockettothemoon08 rockettothemoon08 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 14

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    Never take for granted every person close to

    your heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you have lost a DIAMOND because you were busy collecting stones.
    Dmiller001 Dmiller001 46-50, M 4 Responses Dec 7

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    I'm all out of time machines

    so nothing I can do with the past as much as I continue to regret letting my life be controlled by others, falling into group homes to be treated basically as a child to having a current ILS worker (literally someone being paid to spend time with me twice a week) (FYI I'm not...
    MachineEmpire1985 MachineEmpire1985 26-30, M 2 hrs ago

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    I do not want to be defined by my past

    so I am very careful what information I share with others. Everyday I try to make a positive impact on others and remain optimistic, that is how I want to be viewed.
    cheersfromaz cheersfromaz 46-50, F 4 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    I just cut my hair with a razor

    and it didn't turn out half bad.
    Minnowshi Minnowshi 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    My parents are drug addicts.

    I spent my life watching meth destroy peoples lives. And mine. But I strive to be like my sister. She's currently in college with two jobs and still finds time to help my brother and I. I can't wait until I'm out if here and choosing my own path.
    Bearcookie Bearcookie 16-17, F 19 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    Don't feel sad over someone

    who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would never give up on them.
    Thiswillbethelast Thiswillbethelast 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 9

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    I'm trynna photo shop myself inside

    and out, instead of acting a certain way I wanna be a certain way. any pointers?
    dksl14 dksl14 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 18

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    1. Keep Track Of Your Time.

    There is only one purpose of this habit: To have a clear idea where your time is spent. People easily get the illusion that they are hard working and efficient, but when you keep track of your time and see the numbers, you know how inefficient you are. You may have spent too...
    ShelleyMayer ShelleyMayer 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Going Forward With Lessons From Your Past

     I found EP after an extremely great personal devastation.  And I am so grateful for this platform and the friends I have found on it.  I have been fairly sheltered all my life.  Being on board EP has been a very eye opening experience.  I have learnt...
    Hannah777 Hannah777 36-40, F 29 Responses Apr 1, 2010

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    Discard most of my past post

    for now I have found the light..... I'm now a rastaman and proud of it, I love you all! Jah love and Jah bless you
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 3

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    No I can't change the past

    but it's because of my past that I am the person I am today. Some days I say "I hate how I was raised" and other days I'm glad for it because I believe it has made me a better person. I had set backs throughout life but it's all about how you overcome them that really matters. I...
    skipper596 skipper596 22-25, F Nov 29

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    Looking Forward

    I can't change my past. I've done what I've done and that's it. Everything I have chosen to do in my past has made me the amazing person I am now. Yes, I am amazing. I am strong, I am funny, I am smart. There was a time I didn't realize that but thanks to my past now I do. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 13 Responses Jul 31, 2012

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    I wish I could allow

    that to sink into my head and stop worrying about the past and focus on my future. To be really honest, my past was so messed up, that I wish to go back and fix it. I know that I can change my future but it is hard because of what the past has done to me. Back then I needed...
    WeirdOtaku WeirdOtaku 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9

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    Kaitlyn262 Kaitlyn262 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 28

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    when I was a boy of 14 ,

    my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around..... But when I got to be 21 , I was astonished by how much he'd learn in 7 years......!
    dumanfree dumanfree 31-35, M Nov 18

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    Living By My Own Rules Now...

    My entire life I have done whatever I can to make everyone around me happy. I have been taken advantage of, abused, raped, and left for broken. I have given up my dreams to support those around me and help them achieve theirs. I don't think there was a time in my past, where I...
    brokenangel913 brokenangel913 41-45, F 97 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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    21 Days Sober - Don't miss Alcohol a bit!

    ! FREEDOM!! Change your mind, Change your life!
    ncskiguy78 ncskiguy78 36-40, M 7 Responses May 28

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    ncskiguy78 ncskiguy78 36-40, M 20 Responses May 22

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    Betrayed

    I believe that each one of us has their own troubles and I too had my fair share of it as well. I had been betrayed by the person whom I had loved and treasured the most in my life. He spun a lie and distributed my photos without my permission and without even knowing it , I...
    Debbiechan Debbiechan 22-25, F 41 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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    Whats done is done. All I can do is own up to

    my mistakes, learn from my failures, improve from my flaws and shape my character up for the woman I am gonna be tomorrow. One day I am gonna meet someone who will be everything to me and I to her. But for now, I thank my lucky stars for you Chrissie.
    AcousticAnne AcousticAnne 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 9

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    Strange But True!

    The past is all the water that's floated under the bridge. The bridge is the here and now present. As you stand upon, and, gaze from the bridge you look into your future. The only way to change your future for the best is to begin creating a brighter much better one. Learn from...
    01Joe9 01Joe9 41-45, M 6 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    If anybody want to see my pic,

    inbox me. I will send you. I am not looking good and don't have great personality. but I love people who trusts me.
    suresh9015 suresh9015 22-25, M Nov 29

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    I am a widow at the age of 25.

    I lost my husband almost 2 months ago every day is a step closer to find serenity and knowing I cannot change the past and only move forward into the future. I truly miss my husband everyday. He will never be forgotten
    frankiejo frankiejo 26-30, F 10 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    Time is illusion and

    so is death # season2ep8
    Thiswillbethelast Thiswillbethelast 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    Today thinking about

    where I am and where I've been makes me immeasurably sad. I won't say I regret it, because the light at the end of this tunnel is growing closer and closer. And I couldn't be here if I hadn't been there first. One thing I have learned from all of this is that I will never call...
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    Fear

    You've been with me since I was young from the very first smile on his face. You wrapped yourself around my heart...and dug deep into my soul, where you still remain. As they came and went...your grip got tighter. With every lie told, and every sting of a hurtful touch....you...
    Wurkoutgurl Wurkoutgurl 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    Sometimes we waste too much time to think about

    someone who doesn't think about us for a second.
    Thiswillbethelast Thiswillbethelast 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 18

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    today is my last day in EP.

    so anyone can ask me anything.i will reply for all :)
    NeverGiveUp98 NeverGiveUp98 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 15

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    With this departure that gave me another life

    to breathe in. It was not fulfilling for I am breathing without my left lung. How long has it been? Few days? To me, it was simply close to millenium. Describing what i felt was a combination of hurt..pain, because I've been a stick up for nothing. A cub good for being weak. As...
    JinxRaven JinxRaven 16-17, F a week ago

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    My Futures So Bright I Have to Wear Shades

    I can’t change what happened yesterday.  Heck I can’t even change what happened a moment ago but if I learned from it and I became a better person that is all that matters.  I have this personal philosophy that every person we meet is in our lives for a...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 38 Responses May 8, 2008

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    I was physically and mentally abused by my bio

    mom until i was 15. I'm 17 now and I'm living my life with an attitude that will destroy the abuse cycle.
    BcopleyD BcopleyD 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I believe : 1. that happiness is something you

    choose ahead of time but it doesn't necessarily mean things will be easy 2. That the hard/challenging times are there to show you who you are now & to help you decide who you want to be 3. If you want something to change, you need to change
    wantingconnections wantingconnections 26-30 Dec 18

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    Words Of Wisdom

    I was watching "The Voice", one of the contestant had been stalled in his career by a depressive illness,he had a wonderful voice and all four coaches turned around,one of the coaches shared his own story about having suffered with depression and another came out with these...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 5 Responses Apr 10, 2013

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    I'm afraid of being hurt by someone I care about

    so I block everyone out. I want to change so badly, I don't know how to though. I've tried so hard but I still push people away.
    meganleslie meganleslie 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 1

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    I am ready to transform from the bitter unhappy

    disappointed tired person who almost never feels satisfied to someone who is filled with joy contentment and well being. I just have to figure out how.
    greyeye greyeye 51-55, F 9 Responses Aug 10

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    Listen I do really bad **** like really bad I

    can't change the past but I hope I can do good in the future I wanna go in the army and become an engineer and after that I wanna become a cop
    jadelynthompson jadelynthompson 13-15, F Nov 28

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    Love Yourself

    You have to love yourself enough to let go of bad situations or people/things that are keeping you away from your true potential and to succeed.. Life is to short to be unhappy. We are hear to grow ad love and live not just struggle.
    prettygirl1982 prettygirl1982 31-35, F 8 Responses Oct 6, 2013

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    I Have The Power

    We all have power in everyday decisions, whether we believe it or not. Its whether we let every decision that we make effect our future for better or for worse. I can't change any of the decisions that I made earlier to day or yesterday, all I have is now and the future. Its time...
    kjiggy03 kjiggy03 18-21 186 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    Your Past Does Not Define Your Future Pt. 2

    I'm going to start this post with thanking everyone who read my last post "Your Past Does Not Define Your Future" If you have yet to read it I encourage you to do so know, this is the sequel. Either way, I hope you enjoy. I was going through a huge turning point in my life. I...
    HannahGraceS HannahGraceS 22-25, F 17 Responses Jul 26, 2013

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    I may have been an immature hyperactive brat

    but I'm going to prove to all the people who have been mean to me that they were the r-words that they called me.
    FoxFan64 FoxFan64 13-15, M 1 Response Dec 19

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    Stop Seeking For Love From Others

    I've recently taken off my online dating profile, to prevent myself from further disappointments. One incident in particular, I went on 5 dates with a guy I met online and thought it was a beginning of something special or it could just be wishful thinking on my part. He may...
    WCindy WCindy 22-25, F 12 Responses Nov 24, 2013

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    It's True.

    This is a concept that most people forget on a daily basis. You can't change the past--a minute ago, included, is the past. So what if you can't change it? That just means you have to push forward and make the future better. I need to remember this, myself. I may not be able to...
    Shebby88 Shebby88 18-21, F 20 Responses Nov 9, 2012

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    defoekeane defoekeane 36-40, M 2 days ago

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    Too many people get stuck in their stubborn ways

    and habits that they've gotten use to over the course of their life. You have to step outside of your comfort zone or you will forever be miserable and you'll only have the person you see in the mirror every morning to blame. You can't blame people or mistakes from your past...
    ozboybrian ozboybrian 26-30 4 Responses Nov 25

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    I Hope

    My immediate past has been hell and most of it I screwed up all by myself. Some days I'm obsessed with thoughts of my past mistakes and I can't focus on today. I'm having a hard time forgiving myself and some days I think that I may never forgive me. It all sounds so easy but it...
    pentupfreedom pentupfreedom 46-50, M 27 Responses Jan 24, 2013

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    The Tale Of The Monk And The Scorpion

    “Once in a monastery two monks walked about doing their morning duties. As they passed a small bowl, filled with rain, they saw a scorpion was drowning in the water. One monk reached in to save the creature. As soon as his fingers touched the panicking Scorpion, it stung him...
    NeoNeo NeoNeo 41-45, M 25 Responses Feb 1, 2012

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    Bekah1975 Bekah1975 36-40 2 Responses Nov 19

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    Learnt a lot from past.

    Though 2014 was a painful year for me but I learnt a lot from the bad experiences. Now I am focusing on positive side of life. Sometimes we need to lose ourselves to rediscover ourselves.
    Somexyz Somexyz 26-30, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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