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I Cant Change the Past But I Can Change My Future

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    ncskiguy78 ncskiguy78 36-40, M 16 Responses May 22, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 days ago

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    i remeber this one time i was in high school i

    did yes get bullied for a wile but i stoped it after a wile.... but i do remeber this one time i saw this one guy hit his girl friend in the locker hallway i walked past and saw it and turned around and went at him he ended up in the hospital for cuts and broken bones i well...
    carnage169 carnage169 18-21, M Jan 23

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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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    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 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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    It not real..........

    .....…...................... WHEN U R READING THIS DONT STOP OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN! {SORRY ABOUT THIS} THIS GIRL’S NAME IS SUMMER SHE’S 15 YEARS OLD & hasBLONDE HAIR ,MANY SCARS no NOSE OR EARS.. SHE IS DEAD. IF U DONT COPYTHIS JUST LIKE FROM THE RING, COPY N POST...
    dboykilla dboykilla 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 1

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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 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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    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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    For so long I have been unhappy.

    I have been full of contempt at absolutely everything and everyone. I gave away alot of myself and time after time, I've been disappointed. Instead of letting my failures teach me and nurture me in a positive way, I let it drag me down and keep me there. I did silly things out...
    RogueLogic2 RogueLogic2 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    I was asked once what would I change in my life

    if I had such chance ? I thought hard about it and the only things that I found was avoiding hurting people and thanking to those who did something for me. Sometimes we hurt people without knowing it. Years later when I thought back I realized it but its late to do anything...
    laughingsoul laughingsoul 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 27, 2015

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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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    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 40 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 17 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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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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    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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    My name is Lilian Nyaguthie Mwai,

    am a Kenyan citizen living in Finland. I have decided to come out and share my story so the world can know that racial segregation still exists. I have been going through mental torment and even physical abuse from my ex-boyfriend here in Finland. Efforts to reach out to the...
    Marvelas Marvelas 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 23

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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 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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    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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    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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    I have no such regrets of my past.

    They made me who I am today, but I do regret some of the decisions I made in my past. Missed opportunities. Could have had the love of my life today if only I had not behaved like a ****. Could have focused on a lot of things, but it's okay. I believe it was meant to happen...
    Dictatorse Dictatorse 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 10, 2015

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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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    Of course this is a slightly misleading title

    because we cannot change our futures, we can only influence them. By definition, you cannot change something that hasn't existed. We can however act upon the influences in the future that can impact our lives and take alternative paths to those suggested by our past.
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M Dec 19, 2015

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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 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    If you have a heart full of love then nothing

    but love comes out of your mouth . If you have a heart full of hate then nothing but hate comes out from you. Learn to Love yourself before you start claiming that you love someone. Bcos how could you love when you don't even know what that feels like? When others put you down...
    Ceelea Ceelea 18-21, F Dec 27, 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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    For two years I have lived in a sexless

    marriage. For two years I've made excuses in my head for the way he acted. It all ended today. I'm 45 and he was my high school sweetheart. He went away with the kids for 5 days. He woke me up the next morning screaming at me. He was in my face. Nasty. Vicious. Hitting one hand...
    alwaysmiling79 alwaysmiling79 41-45, F 8 Responses Aug 26, 2015

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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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    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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    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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    I'm always dwelling on how we can never really

    afford anything, and although my family's making an effort, we've lived like this for so long. And while we are improving, there's always room for more improvement; I'm going to be the one to change things. I want to be the catalyst. My family is the reason that I will continue...
    Moonlitt Moonlitt 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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

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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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