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I Cant Change the Past But I Can Change My Future

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    Jackson Browne - Running on Empty .

    ... Years ago, I heard this song ... after a long swim, a run or a hard work day ... it redirected my attention from weary muscles to looking ahead. Worked through the night ... heard it this morning ... as morning popped ... decided to share! Running into the sun ... y'all...
    questionWeaver questionWeaver 56-60, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    I cant change my past

    but iam now going. To do my best to make a great future for myself iam going to grow up and stop messing. My life up and become a better person help others ect
    Joanne181 Joanne181 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Has anyone ever seen the movie,

    "Yes man"? I've decided in 2016 I plan on getting out of my comfort zone along these lines. Instead of my usual excuses I will make an effort to go to things I'm invited to and to also invite people out to more things.. To keep contact with my friends instead of going months...
    CovertInk CovertInk 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    I always thought the hardest thing to do in

    life is to forgive others for the pain they've caused you.. Growing up I was a child/teenager trapped inside a woman's body. I was handed or more I had to take responsibility for things/play the role of a parent for my parents. I was the adult and they were the children. My...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 21, 2015

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    That's what I'm going to do.

    ..my habit of procrastination held me down through all these years and ruined my life...but I will not let these same things happen to me again in the future if I can help it..its a promise I'm making to myself...
    missdeterminedforever missdeterminedforever 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 1

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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 104 Responses Nov 6, 2009

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    I have to man up. Now

    that my mum is gone, I am the matriarch here at our household. Big shoes to fill in. Wasn't aware that her responsibilities were this hard. I can do this!
    ObliviousSainte ObliviousSainte 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    I can't change my past,

    our past, but I can change my future and it is mine because there is not "us" in it anymore. You hurt me and I must remember that. I must remember all those nightmares, the sleepless nighs, the crying, the pain. I cannot believe that after all these months you are effortlessly...
    American19 American19 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Just got dumped by my boyfriend all

    because I go to a different school even though we live right across the road from each other. Any one looking for a girlfriend that loves sports and is 13 u can be 12-14
    Kia2402 Kia2402 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Some of you know of me some of you do not.

    . I will tell you a little about me,First of all Merry Christmas..mine is not the best but will get too that..when I was young I got mental abuse Daily as far back as I can Remember. physical some Ya my Dad punched me in the face several occasions and If I cried well then I was...
    livinkarma livinkarma 46-50, M 10 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    The past is a place of REFERENCE,

    not a place of RESIDENCE.
    ImAlivingParadox ImAlivingParadox 22-25, F 7 Responses May 8, 2015

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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 18-21 180 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    Finally 2015 is over.

    This has been the WORST year in my entire 13 years of life. Even the year started off negatively, when I got caught smoking midway through January- January 12 to be precise. I hope next year on the exact SAME day I am in a position EXACT different from this year.-- a place...
    taytay1401 taytay1401 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2015

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    If much worse torment ,

    not to see them, much worse again would be, not to see them free . I have held them so much in dreams that I know better than their parents will ever do, their skin, their scents and their warmth. I know and I am done letting my wish persistently left against all the wounds...
    SlRlN SlRlN 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 19, 2015

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    to all the haters and critics around me,

    laugh all you want and throw stones at me. ..One day,I'll rise from ashes like a phoenix and show you I'm not worthless as you think...and believe me,that day is not faraway...#feeling determined..
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 20, 2015

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    I'm not where I want to be

    but am glad I'm not where I used to be
    ArizonaIce24 ArizonaIce24 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 21, 2015

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    I like most people have gone through some

    pretty bad moments in my past .. I have found say the last Ten Years to have taken their toll .. I went through a very rough patch with my health and consequently things turned out that I could not get through my front door from some pretty deep rooted fears that I had. My...
    saxappeal saxappeal 46-50, F 21 Responses May 28, 2015

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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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    I'm a product of my own imagination.

    What I imagine I am, I become. I tell myself I am good, but that's because I'm deciding to be what I call good. All my worries and fears are my own. I'm a machine that has programmed myself with only the society I'm surrounded by as my guidebook. Now I'm 30 years into my...
    AlphaGoat AlphaGoat 31-35, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Well, this year would be the year to get rid

    if fake friends, fake love, and fake memories. Time to change for the better
    MissBrave22 MissBrave22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    2016 smaller circle..

    ...stay away from jealous self absorbed people snobby people.... Concentrating on making money and taking time out for myself
    jml5 jml5 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I saw this quote that said "I realized I

    couldn't touch yesterday so I'm not sure why I keep letting it touch me" and I haven't got to thinking until I saw that. Life is challenging and I have ****** up 1,000 times over and over in the past but that's not who I am now and I can't let it define me
    laurenzerbe laurenzerbe 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 13

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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 95 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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    No Regrets. The key to happiness is to always

    be looking forward while moving forward. It is important to pause and look back once in a while to learn from our mistakes or errors in judgement. We should also look back on the good to appreciate all that happened to make us who we are. By reflecting on the past, we can...
    Some1umayNo Some1umayNo 46-50, M 8 Responses Mar 20, 2015

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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 28 Responses Apr 1, 2010

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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 9 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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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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    This is what I have told my daughters.

    I know that I made some (a lot to be truthful) bad decisions and worse choices that negatively affected their lives. Since I finally got on a medication that keeps me from going off the deep end of the pool without water wings, I've apologized to them all and told them I can...
    Serenitree1 Serenitree1 70+, F Dec 28, 2015

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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 4 Responses May 28, 2014

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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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    Have two episodes is like being born again.

    .... I have to learn never to put myself in this position again, Sometimes I feel to give up, sometimes I feel I have no choice..... Will I ever be my own self again
    jml5 jml5 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 2

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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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    I focus on the past

    so much. I think it's natural as we learn from the past, but I think it's the main reason I suffer. I know this, yet I find myself doing it. Maybe I'm at an age where I can't stop? I don't know. I fantasise about changing things in my past.... But I. Having no future. I'm...
    AlphaGoat AlphaGoat 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 17

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    finally good news! after they kicked me out of

    my high school and told me that I couldn't finish my senior year anywhere, I appealed the school's decision and today the supervisor of schools of the district granted my appeal and said that my cognitive abilities are too great to be kicked out of high school (he basically said...
    hadargirl22 hadargirl22 16-17, F 7 Responses Jul 7, 2015

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    We can change our future,

    but two things have to occur first. We need to recognize what needs changed, and then put the change plan into action. I have many faults and this certainly does not make the top of my list, in fact I have a difficulty understanding why others see it as a fault. I have a very...
    GJOFJ3 GJOFJ3 56-60, M 10 Responses Jun 22, 2015

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    2015 has been total crap,

    long story short, I was diagnosed with clinical depression, started to have anxiety attacks, my obsessive thoughts came back which resulted in an eating disorder, I lost a lot of weight and am now underweight, then I was wrongly diagnosed with a brain tumor, there even was an...
    sia303 sia303 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Just when you think you can change your future

    the universe will remind you that is a delusion and while we can hope for things we never truly know what will happen. Be in the present and give up your worries about the future. Let the chips fall as they may. Try your best to contribute to your dream future but know you can...
    peachygreens peachygreens 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It's funny how one person can change your

    thoughts...Every experience of my life is somehow new again... I find pleasure in every task, no matter how routine it is, there is a feeling inside I can't explain, I remind myself of the important things, I'm changing into the person I want to be and want to share with another...
    Lydia66 Lydia66 46-50, F 8 Responses Jul 26, 2014

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    ncskiguy78 ncskiguy78 36-40, M 5 Responses May 16, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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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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    I'm starting a new mainstream school today.

    It's a new beginning for me. I hope I make lots of friends, wish me luck! I'm so nervous 🤕
    taytay1401 taytay1401 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 28

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    i cant undo the 17 years

    that just ended but i sure can move forward and rebuild my life and make sure i never get stuck in something like that ever again
    ElvenLady ElvenLady 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 1

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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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    this is bvllshit my teacher caught my p*nis

    drawings then she want me to face the the case what a m*therfvcker this country is totally bvllshit I wanna settle and renew myself somewhere else don't know if I'm gonna be expelled
    aereuz2 aereuz2 16-17, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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