I Feel I've Missed Out On Life Experiences

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    I'm almost 18 and I don't really feel like I've

    done much living yet. I mean yeah I'm only 17 and I've got so much time but I don't really have many great memories of my youth that I can look back and feel nostalgic for. Other than Emily most of the people in my social circle need to realize that life's not only about getting...
    frankthetank1979 frankthetank1979
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    I've done a lot in my years

    but I think my shyness has definitely made me miss out on a bunch of experiences throughout my life. I overanalyse a lot and that gets me to the point where I just don't take the chance.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    Mar 4, 2015

    I had to grow up fast

    so I feel like I missed out on childhood.
    2b5h 2b5h
    18-21, M
    Mar 5, 2015

    My parents, being the Catholics they are (I am

    too, but they took it to the extreme) prevented me from watching Harry Potter and going trick-or-treating. I've also never been overseas or on a plane.
    AzureRose317 AzureRose317
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jun 2, 2014

    High School

    I went to the strictest High School on planet earth....and waaaaaaaaaay to many people for me...it was super overwhelming..the learning, friends ,etc..I crawled into my shell and stayed there for 3 years..('till I had enough and left) slowly coming out now...Trying to figure...
    KeepsingingAOM KeepsingingAOM
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 18, 2011

    all of my friends smoke,

    drink, and they all act like life is one big game and they don't have to worry about a thing. I don't do any of those things, Im an introverted quiet and shy person. I don't even know how how i ended up with them but i love them.we're a dysfunctional family. But it's like, i...
    insomniastrikes insomniastrikes
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 19, 2015

    I'm almost 22 and feel like I barely lived

    except work and study. I have no real friends and feel my self confidence has let me miss out on experiences. Sometimes I think when I'm old, I won't have any great life experiences to remember. I want to enjoy life more.
    CassRL CassRL
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Oct 1, 2014

    I really wish I dated more people casually

    when I was a teenager... Instead, I wasted it pining away for people who never liked me back.
    LittleMidnight LittleMidnight
    18-21
    2 Responses Sep 7, 2015

    my boyfriend and I have been together

    for 4 years with a few month break in between. During that time I took the asvab and was ready to join the navy, although I found out I couldn't go through boot camp with my braces on. My boyfriend and I got back together and he told me he wouldn't date me if I joined the...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 10, 2015

    I feel like i've missed out on a lot of things

    in life. But hey can't change that now.
    PanHead1989 PanHead1989
    26-30, M
    1 Response Sep 25, 2015

    Ever since I was a kid I was looking

    after people, literally giving up my life to do so because I was given little choice and nowhere else to go. All from abusive family and abusive ex wife. I left my wife in the end but was forced to come back to family because I had no where else to go but I came back with no...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 9, 2015

    I look at Facebook at times

    and think I'm missing out. It can seem like everybody else is out there having wonderful, fulfilled lives while I'm missing out. It's partly because I'm single and most people on mine are married. And I realize being married doesn't guarantee having wonderful times.
    Allison7593 Allison7593
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Apr 7

    I hate being shy. It's a terrible.

    I've missed out on so much because of it. I've missed out on friends, and other social things. But part of my loss is not my fault at all. My dad isn't around much and he never lets me travel. We just sit at home doing nothing, and I end up wanting to kill myself (for other...
    NeonPurple NeonPurple
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2014

    My Regrets

    I feel have missed out on all the good things my peers have had like friends,travel,romantic relationships,family and stuff like that and I feel like my life has been a waste.When I see a baby sleeping carelessly and peacefully in a mother's lap,tears swell silently in my eyes...
    natli89 natli89
    36-40
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2012

    Suffering from an undetected cognitive impairment?

    I often find myself worrying about my intelligence-- or lack of it. I graduated from high school & college, but I'm starting to wonder if there isn't something seriously wrong with me... I graduated as valedictorian. I'm not saying that to brag, merely just to point out that it's...
    hidingout hidingout
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2011

    And It Leaves Me Wondering...

    I don't really feel lacking in my childhood.  Growing up, my family wasn't the richest on the block for sure, but I was mostly happy.  I may not have had the best clothes or the newest toy as soon as it was released, but I was ok with it.  My missing out comes...
    guardedgirl guardedgirl
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jul 19, 2009

    Missing Out

    I feel like I have missed out mainly because I am shy. Also because I have been left out by people a lot. I hate feeling like I've missed out.
    emipurple emipurple
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2013

    I just wish I learned how to fight

    when I was younger. I'm 17 now. I've lived a secluded life and I'm so sick of it. All I want to do is learn how to fight, like Tae Kwon Do or Karate, maybe boxing but not a lot. I've wrestled with my cousin a few times but I sucked. So I want to get better at that too. All my...
    DearYou DearYou
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 2, 2014

    Because my life took the wrong turn along the

    way. Wasted my time rebelling against the consequences of my disorder. I took a self destructive path because I hated myself and deserved to go through the torture. I took me a long time to accept myself for who I am and to love myself and to even respect myself. I don't dwell...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 2, 2015

    I have this constant feeling

    that i am missing out on a lot of things and that i am wasting my younger years. Last year i applied for college ofr the first time, long story short it didn't go well, so i took a year off... i imagined it would be spent travellling and "finding myself" but it was the complete...
    alienspaceship alienspaceship
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 28, 2015

    I hold myself back, but I can't do

    that anymore. I just need to get out and live life to the fullest.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 9, 2015

    I never went through

    that 'rebel adolescent' phase. I look at all those pictures on tumblr, instagram, pinterest, of people with beautifull colored hair, beautifull tatoos, people with a kick *** gothic/punk/hipster/any other style. I was always that shy kid, that had good grades and did everything...
    escapemyreality escapemyreality
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2015

    Where Did My Life Go?

    I've always tried to make the best of my situation and I thought I was proud of how I handled things in my life, but I'm starting college and I don't have a single memorable experience from the past 7 years of my life. Nothing even pops out as a possibility. It's...
    immaheidi immaheidi
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jul 20, 2009

    I want to help people.

    .I am here to share my experience... I've struggled with weight loss my entire life.. over the past year I have dieted and exercised and lost 60 lbs... recently I found some all natural products that have helped me lose 6 lbs in 10 days!!! I have barely changed my diet, and with...
    deannitworks1128 deannitworks1128
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2015

    I spend too much time on here.

    EP is super addictive, it should come with a warning!!!
    Diggemzz Diggemzz
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2015

    I am having counselling with a professional at

    the moment abt my love shyness or in other words fear of rejection in the past & one of the sessions she asked me do I regret not having children & I replied no it hasn't been something that's ever bothered me because some men or women do. Is there anybody else who feels this...
    Johnteenth Johnteenth
    51-55, M
    Jan 4

    Sometimes I regret always needing to be in

    control, be so good and perfect, always working so hard. It hasn't gotten me any closer to my dreams, and keeps me one step removed from actually experiencing life maybe
    goodwitchofthenorth goodwitchofthenorth
    36-40, F
    Nov 9, 2015

    Never Went Out

    When I was a teen I never went out to parties or did anything "bad". I was a good little girl who stayed home and did her homework and shyt. I feel as though I missed out on a lot of fun times and fun memories and possible friends that I could have made. I just...
    brishness brishness
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Nov 7, 2008

    I somehow feel I missed out on life.

    That in many times, situations and places I just missed out on something terrific through fear. Fear of what? Failure, ridicule, exposure, being hurt, etc. So for most of my life I've played a straight bat, a boring line. I've not run off into the sunset, jumping on an...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Oct 1, 2014

    I really wish I did more growing up.

    . I was so shy and wasn't all that great with social situations. I didn't do a lot with kids at school. Especially in highschool...I didn't go to prom... I hardly went to parties... I was always afraid to just let go and enjoy life. I always hid my true self away from everyone...
    VirgoBeauty VirgoBeauty
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Sep 7, 2015

    But you would have to get to know me really well

    and gain my trust before I would tell you why.
    canusernamebemyusername canusernamebemyusername
    18-21, M
    Nov 13, 2015

    I was adopted at birth.

    unfortunately things did not work out well with the people who adopted me so I ended up starting my journey through foster care at the ripe young age of 8. I say journey because I never landed in a permanent home. whether it be because of my issues or the parents. once I went...
    kara831 kara831
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2015

    Just a few days ago it had been snowing quite

    excessively, the roads where mostly void of cars and most people were staying indoors, but i had a library book that was already overdue and didn't want to leave it any longer, so i wrapped up warm and fought my way to the bus stop to take me into town. Luckily the buses were...
    DuskWood DuskWood
    31-35, M
    Mar 4, 2015

    It's My Own Fault

    I have missed life experiences because I wouldn't allow myself. For example, I didn't go to a friends Halloween party one year because I was feeling very insecure; I just made up an excuse not to go. Now they all discuss the memories and inside jokes from that party. I ...
    RubyPhoenix RubyPhoenix
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 25, 2009

    Hi this I can really relate to I never had a

    childhood and I crave things that a child would do and its depressing knowing there's no going back but I'll stay strong if I can
    lor44 lor44
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 18, 2015
    cashetty69 cashetty69
    51-55, M
    Aug 24, 2015

    I haven't been single

    for more than 3 months my whole life and now I'm married and wishing I had done things differently. We have problems and are drifting apart and I know it's because I'm changing and he's not. I'm changing for the better and want to make a good life for myself and he is fine as he...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 10, 2015

    I missed the first part of my life.

    I was homeschooled until 9th grade. I had lived with my mom, and homeschooling is all I knew. Once my mom and dad got divorced, my mom won custody and I kept doing what I had always done- continued my homeschooling. Now, I am in no way dissing the homeschooling system, and if...
    A7SH A7SH
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 3, 2015

    Missed Out On Life

    I am 22 and lack any basic life skills. What should I do? I went to high school and college, but somewhere along the way I ignored things like learning how to cook, hold friendships, interact with others, and not be selfish. I have B.F.A. but don't even think I could hold a...
    hidingout hidingout
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 4, 2010

    I expected to always go to college.

    I always did good in school and thought I was entitled to it. Boy was I wrong. I wish I got to go to college. Live on campus. Get to experience that true college life. Instead I'm 20 with two jobs kicking *** yet just unhappy and disconnected to people my age.
    KayBee379 KayBee379
    18-21
    3 Responses Aug 2, 2015

    Having an ex drug addict mother I raised all my

    brothers and sister instead of having a normal childhood. I didn't get to go to a fancy college however I managed to go to a private university and graduated. During the uos things were great but during the downs out of embaressment and having to lie that I had a nornal mother...
    LUzunov LUzunov
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 3, 2015
    Evenflo95South Evenflo95South
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2015

    Very Much So....

    I have definitely missed out on life experiences, nearly all life experiences, in fact. I have had very severe social anxiety disorder for most of my life & the fear it invokes from me in social situations has kept me from doing absolutely everything someone my age...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Oct 5, 2008
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