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I Don't Like Running Into People From My Past

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    Why I Stay In

    This is the exact reason why I have become reclusive.I moved to a town that is very close to my hometown, and occasionally I run into people from my past who I do NOT wish to see. It's not that they are bad people. It's just that I'm such a completely different person from the...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 11, 2011

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    Only People I Have Had Issues With

    Like certain ex boyfriends, frenemies, old enemies, whether they be teenage enemies or childhood enemies... If it's people I got along with and lost in touch with or anything like that, I like running into them again. Or even people who I wasn't friends with, but was acquainted...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F Jul 25, 2011

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    I don't know how I'm going to react

    if that were to ever happen- you know running into my ex. I'm relieved in a way that that's not going to happen anytime soon because he lives in a different part of the world now, a different continent altogether! But I often would wonder how I'd feel seeing him again...now with...
    ira01 ira01 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    It sounds so damn cliche,

    but meeting my old friends and acquaintances really drowns my mind back into heavy depression. They all say you will do horrible things for experimentation while you're young and that it's best to experience these sorts of things when you're young and (stupid)? Whatever the case...
    Imaginarionify Imaginarionify 22-25, F Jun 11, 2014

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    I hate seeing people from the past.

    Because they have improved there lives. They seem to have a great job, married, good house. I have nothing that even comes close. I know I am what you would call a loser. I get it and I really can't disagree with that assessment.
    muppetmaster muppetmaster 41-45, M Dec 28, 2013

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    90slove 90slove 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    When I do, I'm just like "Nope" in my mind

    and I go the other direction
    BloodRedDarkness BloodRedDarkness 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    I think it's better to not go there

    and ruin ones own inner peace as well as others. Just live your life your way!
    Tawheed1994 Tawheed1994 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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    The Bully

    I was at Wal-mart the other day when I passed a guy in the aisle who I went to school with. He was the biggest bully from elementary school all the way to high school. When I saw him I froze. It was like I was right back in high school again, terrified of the big bad bully. I...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 15, 2011

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    Social Anxiety

    Having Social Anxiety causes me not to like running into anyone that I know of, period. I unintentionally do all that I can to avoid social situations and prevent myself from being seen by others that may know me. And as far as running into people who are from my past in...
    Princess1211 Princess1211 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 1, 2011

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    I met this guy in my first year of college

    and we got really close, we sort of admitted our feelings to each other but nothing ever happened. Now we don't talk to each other anymore, we're not even friends, but guess what... We're flatmates. Yeay
    emmacla emmacla 22-25, F Jul 27, 2014

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    Luckily I'm on pretty amicable terms with

    people from my past, at least 98.9% of them including all my ex's. (I say 98.9% because I don't remember all of them). How is this possible you may ask? Well, I believe what's gone is gone and if God wanted you to be with that person for life it would have happened. Every...
    Roz2014 Roz2014 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2014

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    Negative Outcome

    In my experience it has proven to not be a positive outcome. Who I believed them to be is not who they are.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 28, 2011

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    It's the worst possible feeling

    when you think they don't have that hold over you anymore and then you seem them.. Everything comes crashing back to the present and its as if nothing ever changed.
    bluesgem bluesgem 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Makes Me Uncomfortable

    I mean school and college friends, and people back home in general. Getting asked about my current life makes me uncomfortable: Are you finishing soon? When do you graduate? What's taking you so long? What will you do next? You've been with your boyfriend for so long, are you...
    Elaria Elaria 26-30, F Dec 18, 2012

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    No no no i crash at the spot

    and start crying and it takes forever to recover :(
    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F Nov 17, 2014

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    Oh how i hate that i dnt wana know any1 from my

    past thats why they are my past..
    missyluvsmissy4me missyluvsmissy4me 41-45, F Jul 27, 2014

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    Sometimes I don't have a reason.

    Sometimes I do. I think a huge part of it was that I wasn't a great person awhile ago. In high school and up until my sobriety, I wasn't the best person. I was either doing bad things to people or just making a complete @ss out of myself. People tend to live off the past for a...
    silencedfears silencedfears 26-30 Jan 23

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    The Past Is The Past For Good Reasons

    The past should remain the past, I was a different person then and meeting people from that past, well they expect me to still be me when they are most likely not still them. It just doesn't seem fair, I'm now me not old me If that makes any sense. :)
    7DarkTruth14 7DarkTruth14 18-21, M Nov 18, 2013

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    I hate running into people of my past

    because they remind of who I used to be or maybe don't want to be anymore. They remind of how much different i am now compared to when I knew them. They can also remind me of things that I don't want to think about.
    worldisupsidedown worldisupsidedown 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2014

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    Yea I don't really like it

    because it's awkward and you really don't know what to say to the person you use to **** with in the past and the person might have change
    blackpower15 blackpower15 16-17, M Jul 27, 2014

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    Fierrrrce Fierrrrce 18-21, F Dec 21, 2014

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    Not everyone, of course!

    But I can think of a few lol
    lostCake lostCake 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Kind Of? Well This Is Interesting.

    One year ago, I would have said "hell yes! That would be a nightmare" but now that I'm a bit more at ease with myself, it doesn't bother me too much. Someone I used to know a long, long time ago and who I haven't spoken to since secondary school just sent me a message on...
    ForestSong ForestSong 18-21, F Dec 22, 2011

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    Past People

    If I would have done something to them, I wouldn't want seeing them and I would try avoiding them. If I haven't done anything, then if I run into them, this is what it is.  We have a choice saying hi to one another just as much as we have a choice not doing so.It doesn't bother...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Sep 12, 2011

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    Tonight I ran into an ex I thought I was over

    but seeing them brought all the feelings back, I now can't stop thinking about them.
    JMC92 JMC92 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 27, 2014

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    Because I Left Them

    I really don't like running into people from my past especially my high school friends. I was a very shy boy during high school; I don't talk to people much and I was kinda like anti-social, but I'm not anti-social because I still hang out with people. I just don't like hanging...
    neo7773 neo7773 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 8, 2009

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    Due to my alcoholism (which I have controlled

    successfully for 17 years) and my mental health issues, there are a whole bunch of people that I would rather I didn't see again. Not necessarily because I don't like them, but mainly because my history with them was when my life was controlled by 'demons' I wasn't aware of...
    Neondaze Neondaze 51-55, M 1 Response Jan 2

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    Tell Me About It

    I am a very different person than I was back then. When I run into people from my past they expect to see past me, and they find I am not. It gets awkward. This person knew me when I was down and out. They know embarrassing secrets...things I just don't want to think about...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 1, 2011

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    I ran into a ex today -.

    - it was kinda awkward and saddening. Awkward because she cheated and quickly realized she messed up because i actually am a good guy and begged me back. *cough* said hell no. And saddening because of how she turned out since. That was about 7 years ago. Ran into her today and...
    Time4kush Time4kush 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Just the other day I ran into a girl from my

    past that suddenly disappeared out of my life. Just stopped answering my calls with no explanation. She had a few kids with her and I had my daughter. It was like time just stopped for a moment. To see her back then and jump to now obviously both of our lives had changed. We...
    cms8787 cms8787 22-25 Dec 29, 2014

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    Agoraphobia

    So, go out, stoned, wander up to the shop, bump into someone from 10 years back, tongue-tied potential stuttering, dry-mouth panic trying to talk and get things through the self-service check in.  Fluster out of there, walk a bit more, go to pub, bump into work colleagues - my...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 1 Response Feb 26, 2011

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    Most People.

    It's really uncomfortable and awkward for me... A lot of the people from my past are people that I really dislike or hurt me. It's always nice to run into someone who you just lost contact with though. (:
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2011

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    Ok if we are talking past ex gf then I am at

    risk as 2 of them are still living in the same city as me and that one ex gf's husband now works at my job as a driver, and the other ex is happy with a child of her own and in a relationship already but my mom does still bump into her every so often but I suppose if I saw them...
    xxSTEVE7xx xxSTEVE7xx 31-35, M Nov 18, 2014

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    I just feel really awkward

    when it happens. I've ran into a few people & it's been an alright experience I've said hi or hey, throw a smile...if it's an old high school friend shake their hand & say good to see you, but won't get much into detail about things. It just is what it is, I'm busy...they're...
    Isayis23 Isayis23 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 19, 2014

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    It's sad how you can walk past somebody

    who at one time meant the world to you.
    JMC92 JMC92 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 27, 2014

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    some of my old ex women I don't like running

    into they as lost it in the head
    marvel901jones marvel901jones 41-45, M Nov 19, 2014

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    They tell me what they've been up to.

    .usually work, schook, travel etc and when they ask me what I've been up to, I just sigh, look at my daughter and say "taking care of her". and then i get the "oh......" as if not ever wanting to be a parent and putting a pause on all of my goals and business doesn't depress me...
    cokimsta cokimsta 22-25, F Nov 18, 2014

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    Ha! I often see a lot of people I knew from

    school. I just ignore them and walk straight past. During school, I was quite a silent and kind kid and a lot of people took advantage of that like it was some sort of weakness. Now that I've left, I have some backbone and confidence, so I don't have to acknowledge the...
    Sparksx196 Sparksx196 18-21, M Dec 22, 2014

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    I hate to run into old classmates,

    lovers, teachers, professors from my past. However, there are a few professional friends and lovers I still stay in touch with. We rarely talk about the pass, but talk more about what is happening in our lives now. It is even rarer for us to meet up again. We all have moved on...
    Shelia4all Shelia4all 46-50, F Jan 11

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    It can be pretty awkward in my situation.

    Four years ago my life was perfectly on track for success. I was outgoing and connected, even "popular" among some circles. Then that all took a backseat when I became ill. My physical appearance and capabilities have completely changed. I keep most of this private and off of...
    starasong starasong 22-25, F Nov 18, 2014

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    My Accident

    Ever since my car accidentI do like running into people from my pastbecause I hate to tell them I don't remember youIt is the most embarrassing thingI know I should not be embarrassed but I amThese are all people I should know after all I did go to school with themor worked with...
    CMA1234 CMA1234 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Diamonds Must Come From A Friend

    Rosetta almost never wore jewelery though I knew she loved art of all kinds. I had to wonder why some jewelers work never caught her eye.With her massive flower garden in the summer and her winter's nights spent crafting  flowers from bits of ribbons for floppy garden hats I...
    holywren holywren 51-55 Jan 26, 2012

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    Kimb69 Kimb69 26-30, F Jan 14, 2014

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