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I Feel Different From People My Own Age

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    I don't want to sound selfish

    or narcissistic ,but I feel like Im surrounded by idiots.Everyone is out having a crush on someone or talking about boys,meanwhile I'm reading about evolution,physics and phycology.They just don't get me at all,I feel like I'm alone when I'm currently surrounded by people.I...
    crazcat97 crazcat97 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2014

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    I'm 18 from bonnie Scotland I don't like going

    out I like to stay home and watch cartoons I like to be alone I love my life but it's hard aswell I just want friends like me my social life is Internet
    Pedro1202 Pedro1202 18-21, M May 29, 2015

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    I'm 14 but I feel like my childhood ended

    when I was 11. That was when I started to really worry about issues in the world. I became good at writing really dark poems about things such as war and struggles for rights (after reading my poems, people have asked if I'm depressed or suicidal, when I assure them I'm not...
    PrincessFrankie PrincessFrankie 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Oh Yeah.

    While most people my age are self absorbed and obsessed with ways to "be better" than everyone else... I just kind of do my own thing. Unlike them I know who I am and what I want to be. I have hopes and dreams and goals. Most people my age fight constantly with each...
    LiveIt28 LiveIt28 18-21, F 1 Response May 13, 2009

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    I've always felt that way,

    I'm 26 and from the time I was a teen I was really different from the others,like many people told me I act like I'm 40
    anastasia11 anastasia11 26-30, F Aug 3, 2015

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    I have always thought I was a person

    who can only hold back and be nervous and not have a nice time, as is still the case with people my age... but then I met some kind and thinking adults and some cute and enthousiastic kids and my social skills were just fine. Both latter groups are probably less judgemental :/
    DutchieVera DutchieVera 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    MrNotSoSmart MrNotSoSmart 13-15, M Nov 1, 2015

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    I'm an old soul as I've been told by countless

    people, I act more like I'm 40 then 25 at times, but I think kids do that to you.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 2, 2015

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    Some of their sense of humor annoys me,

    but I just smile and go along with it so I don't seem rude or weird. Also all my life I've been great at giving advice to anyone, even adults.
    SymphonyChild SymphonyChild 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2015

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    I feel like people my age are growing up,

    getting on with their lives, figuring out who they are and where they're going. I miss being a little kid and not caring. A lot of people consider me an "old soul," too, though. I am very mature when I need to be. I am a good worker, respectful, I like speaking with adults and I...
    MadnessIsGenius MadnessIsGenius 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2015

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    Who else listens to Am radio?

    ! ... Just me? Oh.
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 3 Responses May 29, 2015

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    my heart is young, I will never be afraid to be

    playful, to live and experience life in all its forms. I don't seek happiness, true joy lies in connecting to others, and allowing yourself to deeply feel the sorrow as well as the euphoria. come what may, its all a part of this insanely amazing journey of life
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 2, 2015

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    I feel young in spirit & wise in mind.

    My friends are mostly younger & I'm like a caring older sister to everyone.
    Elayla Elayla 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 8, 2014

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    I am 18 and yet I take comfort in watching

    cartoons, shopping for stationery and carrying my smelly bolster around the house. I don't like going out with friends, socialising, listening to "adult music", wearing shorts (I stick to shirts and long pants/jeans) and I am completely disinterested in dolling myself up cos I'm...
    dinosoar0216 dinosoar0216 18-21, F 2 Responses May 29, 2015

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    I find that the majority of people my age care

    too much for mainstream ideas and the status quo. I feel so alone, and that my philosophies on life, and the way I perceive it in general are different to those around me. This makes it hard for me to connect with people on a deep level, because I just cant help feeling like...
    FunAtmosphere FunAtmosphere 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    My generation focuses too much into the

    temporary things, and leave out the ones which could have possibly brought about good changes. I don't blame others for doing that, though. They're simply humans, and humans don't always need to do things perfectly.
    eleaaaanor eleaaaanor 16-17, F 5 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    An Incoherent Ramble On Being "Unique".

    I find it disheartening when people expect you to believe that you are entirely "unique"; that you are the only person in the world like yourself; no one is like you. And at the same time, we are expected to believe that we will find our "soul mate". That there is someone out...
    hopelesswanderer hopelesswanderer 18-21 Feb 2, 2013

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    I'm always left out and I can't talk about

    anything! I swear, listen to anything but popcontry pop jazz rap and classical. Which everyone else likes. Also sports and nobody likes to talk about dogs or animals because they are to busy thinking about their' phones or HW or something totally stupid.
    Lolatux Lolatux 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 22, 2015

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    Which is why I have no friends.

    So incredibly sad, but predictable.
    misanthropicpessimist misanthropicpessimist 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2015

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    Of course I'm different,

    I'm me, nobody has my exact same genetics or way of thinking, nobody is me, nobody can be me. That's obvious. I just don't understand why teens need to go to such extremes to 'belong', either out of desperation or...genuine dedication to that 'group'. Sometimes the 'outcasts...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    Everyone I know has their lives together,

    going to college and getting good grades while they dream of the future and I just look at them and wonder why I ruined that for myself.
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2015

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    I feel a lot younger!

    And I've been told I even look younger for my age! Most people around me who are my age are well settled with school-going kids and the typical family life, while I am still living out the single life, traveling, partying and stuff...although I would like to have a girl in my...
    melwynslife melwynslife 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 16, 2015

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    I haven't felt my age in a long time.

    . Since I had surgery actually. And it just gets worse.. Instead of feeling like the eighteen year old I am, I feel like a thirty year old. Plus, most people my age are more obsessed with how they look than anything else. I just don't care about that.. Never really have. I've...
    boklenHolley7 boklenHolley7 18-21, F 20 Responses Aug 3, 2015

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    liljake53 liljake53 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 2, 2015

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    ShatteredSoundwaves ShatteredSoundwaves 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    I feel 26 and im 22. I feel dead

    and I'm breathing. I feel so close to death
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 30, 2015

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    Instead of going to the mall I buy books with

    my paychecks. One just came in the mail today and I was super excited lol
    ashley2483 ashley2483 18-21, F Jul 21, 2015

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    I feel like I'm at a crossroads with my age,

    people at 26 are either trying to stay 18 or want to settle down. Neither interest me in the slightest.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 15, 2015

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    I feel and i am completely different to people

    my age! I see many people of my age got a great social life groups of friends always going out gets invited everywhere go on holidays and well i have none of that so to me thats a big different and i do feel really left out and that there's something wrong with me! I find...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4, 2014

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    For some reason I never managed to make it past

    the age of 16 ._. I'm 20 now, but still my emotions and looks make me appear so much younger
    Jaszy458 Jaszy458 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2015

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    Sometimes I talk way too mature

    for my age, and I find discussing politics in speech and debate club quite entertaining. I know I'm a fun person to hang out with and sometimes I am a little immature, but not in the "I flash my boobs for booze" but more of a "did I just break my ******* crayon". My problem is I...
    mckenziexoxo mckenziexoxo 16-17, F Nov 3, 2015

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    From very early on, I have always been told

    that I act older than I really am. when I was 16 I could understand so many more things than people my age. I understood things about life.
    Stephenwashere92 Stephenwashere92 22-25, M Jun 2, 2015

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    I have strong beliefs

    and values. I'm saving myself for marriage. I drink very little and I don't do drugs. I absolutely hate going out to bars,clubs,etc. I would much rather play a board game and eat junk food. I think kids my age or young adults should have basic manners. I won't change how I look...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    I can't get along. I can't be the normal girl

    everybody expects me to be. I always feel more mature than anybody around me, I'm really social and move once u get to know me but I'm a nerd and a geek of u hate me. I've been bullied a lot. So I know all about abuse and physical or emotional bullying. I've been kicked around...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 27, 2015

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    It seems to me like all of the girls my own age

    are obsessed with 1) Boys. 2) Make up. 3) Boobs. 4) Fitting in. 1) The only thing I find remotely interesting about boys, is they are not like girls. They have more interesting conversations, and they have no issue getting dirty. 2) I have never used lip stick, eye shadow, or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 16, 2015

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    Always Felt Like This.

    I've never really felt any connection to my peers, even when I was a child. When I was in first grade I was hanging out with the third graders, in seventh grade I was with highscoolers. Most of my friends are at least a year older or younger then me.. I don't know, people my age...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 9, 2011

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    Not A Woman

    The word woman when referring to myself feels odd. Nobody better call me ma'am. I think of myself as someone in their twenties or even a teenager. I'm prone to dress like one too. I can't relate at all to women my age. I see them on TV and feel like they could be my mom or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 9, 2011

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    I too feel different

    than most kids my age. Im currently 13 years old and English is not my fluent language I've realized something while perusing my society is that usually most people around my age are stereotyped into these subcultures which is true. they just care about the mainstream ideas...
    Fampyu Fampyu 16-17, F Nov 1, 2015

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    People my age have kids

    and spouses, but I feel like I'm too young. It's weird
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2015

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    I think I had to grow up pretty quickly.

    Now I feel like a 30 year old in a 21 year olds body
    MilaDaniels MilaDaniels 18-21, F 2 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    dashuria dashuria 16-17, F 5 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    I don't want to say I feel more mature then

    people my age, because I don't think that i am. I just think I have a different mind set then them, and when I say 'them' of course i don't mean them all.. just the ones I seem to hang around with. Though that right there might be the problem, Maybe I just havnt found the right...
    Tryitallagain Tryitallagain 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    I feel so old sometimes.

    Tired, sore, and especially cynical. I guess that's what being depressed will do to you; some days, I can't even find the energy to get out of bed. Then other days, I feel like I'm 10 again, full of life and jubilant and fun and uncontrollable. And then other days, I feel how I...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2015

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    I've been told so many times

    that I was never a kid, that I grew up too fast. I still am technically a kid. I just hardly ever act like it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 8, 2015

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