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I Don't Like Running Into People From My Past

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    Stained Past

    I left my hometown when I was 20 and have only moved back twice and each time I have felt miserable for doing so and as such I now live away from there.Growing up in my hometown was not very pleasant as I was bullied and provoked into fights as a young person and when I reached...
    WstdYrs67 WstdYrs67 41-45, M Sep 16, 2012

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    Running Into People From Past Triggers Memories Better Forgotten

    I tend to repress negative experiences and when you run into someone that drudges it all up over again it makes you feel anxious, don't you think? 
    blueriddle8 blueriddle8 26-30 1 Response Jul 30, 2009

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    My Best Friend From High School

    Being the way I am I have never mananged to keep more than one or two people in my 'circle' of friends. At high school I had one really close friend who was virtually the only person I spoke to or had any real contact without outside of school. When I look back on it others did...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 24, 2011

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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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    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

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    Labeled For Life

    "There's a reason people from your past didn't make it to your future." That quote is so true.  I live in a fairly tight-knit city, so it's hard not to see people from the past.  It's very boring here, so people have plenty of time to label others...
    abercrombiegirl abercrombiegirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2009

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    Awkward

    Its always awkward. Especially if they were mean to u in the past that always makes me mad. They will be extremely nice when they made ur life hell before. Your smile wont make me forgive you. Or when you say hi to someone that you know and they will act like they dont know you...
    angeliceyes11 angeliceyes11 18-21, F May 15, 2011

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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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    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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    Sometimes..

    Sometimes it can be awkward, painful, or nerve wracking... Depends on how it ended with them. However, at my mom's wake.. an old friend came who I resent to offer her condolences.. blahblahblah. And I felt TRIUMPHANT! That bit(h put me through so much grief last summer and...
    flyawayhome flyawayhome 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2009

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    I Hate This

    It's awkward, at best. Especially if I don't remember the person. And they know all this stuff about me. "Are you and Gerald Bob still together? Did you know Lisa and Frank are getting married? How's your dog? Are you still going to school? Are you...
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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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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    Just Rather Leave Those Memories Alone

    I have made peace with my past HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I particularly want the uncomfortable experience of running into people from my past on a regular basis. I was never the most popular kid in school and why I'm not 'forgettable', I privately do wish that those from my past...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 10, 2009

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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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    Hello And Good Bye

    Bumping into old friends, relatives or even colleagues can be a pain at times.  Not only do I need to answer some questions that I dislike answering..  Some I have to explain what took place while we werent in contact.. and bla bla bla.I dislike asking...
    Eternal Eternal 31-35, F Jan 31, 2010

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    I Have No Time For The Violent People In My Past

    I don't want to know anyone who physically hurt me in the past or stopped me from finding the love I should have found! I regret mixing with and forgiving people in my extended family who hurt me... or people who abused my parents or sister etc
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Feb 21, 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 4 Responses Jul 1, 2011

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    Unexpected...

    I met the guy I used to have a humongous crush on at the mall a while ago.If you read my very first story, no not Jimmy, but Joey, then you'll know who I'm talking about.Anyway, I was on a double date with my sister and her boyfriend, Spencer, and my 'so-called date', Josh, who...
    takethispain takethispain 18-21, F Jul 1, 2011

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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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    Bad People

    Bad people,Avoid them,When I can,Some people,From my past,So negative,They make me sick.
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 5, 2012

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    Fess Up

    Who told my past that it was welcome to find me? Come on, confess!!! I told you people that I didn't want to run into people from my past. That includes the clinc and EMS. I am proud to say that I have made peace with my past and we both agreed to go our separate ways so what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    I Can Not Stand It

    I despise, from the seventh circle of hell, running into people from my past. I'm so different, people grow and change and I feel like I always bump into the ones that will always stay the same, and I'm sick of the lame jokes and the old teases and and oh you look so much better...
    pandemoniac pandemoniac 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2009

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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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    It's Not Because I Have A Ton Of Stuff To Hide....

    or am ashamed of the things i've did since i've seen them. Or anything like that. (See this is where it's very difficult to convey double sarcasm in a post. You know where it's stated sarcastically but you leave whoever you're communicating with the impression: "Maybe he does...
    johnnybliss johnnybliss 41-45, M Feb 20, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    One More Nice Try

    And you know you should be GLAD!! We were on our way back home. After moving away 10 years ago, i'm back in town again awaiting my little sister to give birth to her 5th child. I pull into the gas station stating that I need gas when actually I just want a moment of peace from...
    whykeeper whykeeper 36-40, F Nov 1, 2011

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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 16-17, M Nov 18, 2013

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    Bridge Burner

    The past is past, and if I wanted to keep in touch with people from my past I would have done so. Those I do choose to keep in contact with I do so by my choice and I don't like running to people better left forgotten only to have bad memories dredged up into my...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M Jul 31, 2009

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    Kimb69 Kimb69 22-25, F Jan 14

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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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    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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    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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    Especially Certain People....

    I used to have a best friend at primary school and I never really liked her mother. When my family moved house, she seemed to get really jealous. Looking back, I can also see that she was an extremely competitive woman in a social and personal sense. My mother runs into her a lot...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F Sep 18, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    i like a lot of people then when we talk for a bit i don't like them because they have some pretty bad qualities. like racism,prejudice,thievery,or wanting to commit an horrible...
    TheSouless TheSouless 18-21, M 14 hrs ago

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    Blocking is something i wouldn't do without good intentions. Not knowing nothing about a person,then blocking them. That's not me. Giving you the noose. Allowing you to hang...
    Cupcake670 Cupcake670 46-50, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    So I love my boyfriend loads but he's becoming way to clingy. I mean I can't do anything anymore. I fell asleep yesterday because I've been ill and I woke up to 20 messages and 10...
    sademptynothing sademptynothing 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    Adding someone just to try and make them feel welcome and get them do open up doesn't work, unless you actually answer your PMs.
    Zaphod75 Zaphod75 36-40, M Mar 22

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    I don't like people who make fun of anyone. Like, shut up. That's so hateful.
    lifelesswine lifelesswine 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    So I have had some stories about how men disrespect women I figure I should state this one. There are some women out there, who use their assets to use good men. They use them for...
    wingeyes wingeyes 31-35, F 7 Responses Apr 4

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    Hello guys, I hope you're all doing well. I sort of hesitated about the idea of posting my experience here but I decided to do so. I sort of think that I have been a schizoid my...
    Bloodyshrines Bloodyshrines 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    Apologies in advance: this is a longer rant. Most sitcoms disturb & anger me because much of the humor is mean-spirited & involves humiliating other people. I like witty, creative...
    LuminousMotes LuminousMotes 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I have demonstrated I don't care about the pervert EP community that don't like I get their stories remove that promote ********* content. They are upset they don't have the same...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M Mar 27

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    My colleague was mean . She said I am single because I don't compromise . She also said I am anti social just because I chose not to share a meal in a japanese restaurant. I just...
    yellowribbonflower yellowribbonflower 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Working in the convenience store I see a lot of drunk people every day and I don't see much positive things from it. Ordinarily nice people act like jerks, start fights, threaten...
    alcool91 alcool91 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I don't exactly dislike everyone; I just don't like most people. I don't expect most people to like me either.
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 70+ 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I don't like seeing rude comments anywhere! Come on people - step it up a little. People who come here and poetically pour their heart out don't do it to get rude comments! They...
    GeekyLittleThing GeekyLittleThing 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's not in a 'i'm too good for people' kind of way, its just that i don't feel any connections to them. I don't like relationships that are entirely based on small talk and i hate...
    grungehippy grungehippy 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I can sense negativity in the things i say. It may come across as rude, and i notice almost immediately, but i am too awkward and anxious to smoothly correct the statement, i just...
    theMETAmonologue theMETAmonologue 18-21, F Mar 20

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    They terrify me. I'm really a huge chicken. Of winds. I always think it will develop into a tornado. I'm like that with life. I don't like the tornado so much might become. "Might...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    It's crazy. If you could see me in the flesh, you might say I am not fat and you'd tell me to stop whining and all but I just don't like the way my belly bulges.Honestly, I'd agree...
    baseCharlie baseCharlie 18-21, M Mar 27

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    I don't care what other people say about me
    jdx007jax jdx007jax 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I think I don't like them because they seem too busy for me most of the time. I don't care so much that they're busy but if I go to a doctor, I want them to listen to me, listen to...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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