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I Keep Struggling With Who I Am

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    Who People Want Me To Be And Who I Am

    I transferred colleges recently, I felt I was going insane. I was torn between who my parents want me to be and who i really am. I have had so many experiences that have made me who i am i felt like my parents didnt know the real me. i have so much hidden inside i struggle...
    kacunnin kacunnin 18-21 4 Responses May 1, 2011

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    I Don't Have Any Idea

    Since my husband died, I struggle with my identity. I am not sure who I am anymore. I built my life around him and my children and now that he is gone, I am at a loss as to what MY goals are. I can't seem to find a new ambition. I still run the business we started together, but...
    theredlady theredlady 41-45, F 11 Responses May 22, 2009

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    Don't Know Who I Am

    I never had a sense who I really am. I follow others ,stay hidden inside myself. I am so far from everyone on this planet. I'm not real. I feel very frustrated.
    jjimmy61 jjimmy61 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    I heard it all before.

    I know all the right words to say. I'm the one that can always help others, but when it's me that needs help I just want to run, want to be alone and I tell everybody I'm fine when I know I'm not. I'm not looking for responses to this post! I just need to type it!
    JFitzy JFitzy 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    Life On Pause

    Does anyone else feel like everyone else's life is progressing and you're just stuck in the same spot? unable to feel grateful for what you have? I may be comparing apples and oranges but I feel like I've gotten nowhere since starting University. I'm 22 years old and a Post...
    Makwete Makwete 22-25, F Jan 2, 2013

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    Broken Self, Broken Soul

    I am nearly 27, and recently divorced. I never thought i would be in this position. She was abusive mentally and physically. She slowly turned me into a shell of myself, and although leaving her was the best decision I've made I feel extremely hollows right now. I have lost most...
    selfseeking selfseeking 26-30 Dec 10, 2012

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    All I Know About Myself Is My Name.

    Who I am? A question that I have been asking myself for a long time. I have been thinking about it and I started asking people but still I have no answer. I don't have a specific group of friends so I can know what kind of a person I am. For example, if I'm a punk I would have a...
    zeinakhaled zeinakhaled 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2013

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    No One Can Figure Me Out

    so I guess that I am young so I shouldn't know exactly who I am, but it gets so frusterating. People ask me what my favourite food is or simple questions and I honestly don't know the answers to that. I can't figure out my sexuality, because I have experianced to much. i...
    cindy17 cindy17 18-21, F May 21, 2009

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    Hate Who I Am And Am So Ashamed....

    Sometimes I surprise myself and also anger myself at how fake I can be. I pretend my life is normal and that I am happy but it is anything but and I am really NOT happy. To the outside world I pretend everything is ok, but it really isn't. Yet I don't want people to know just how...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    My sister told me about this website so I figured I'd give it a try since I cant sleep. I'm a soon to be 20 year old girl working as a cashier making minimum wage. I have been...
    AmberIrina AmberIrina 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    So lately I have been working a lot on forgiveness. Forgivingthe person involved, fending off resentment, and most importantly, forgiving myself. Even though I feel like I have...
    justkeepswimming89 justkeepswimming89 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    I hate who I am, I hate not having a choice. I hate that it feels like my life dreams of a family and getting married have been stolen from me. My attempts at trying to change this...
    pyroguy80 pyroguy80 31-35, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    i dont know what to say i guess im numb and messed aup im so overweight i dont know how to live myself im am tired of life everyone is living life i feel like a freak i dont know...
    hannahabbie hannahabbie 46-50, F Sep 2

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    I don't want to leave my wife but I'm realizing that I want to be honest about who I am. I struggle with being gay because I have deceived people (wife, family, friends, neighbors...
    walkingcast1 walkingcast1 41-45, M 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I hate this battle with bulimia. It's making it harder to recover. I just wanna be better :(
    KyleeNichole94 KyleeNichole94 18-21, F Sep 6

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    My urges to have sex with men are so strong now. I love my wife but it has become clear to me that I am gay. When I admit my homosexuality to myself I feel so free. When I tell...
    walkingcast1 walkingcast1 41-45, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am scared of the things that come with being gay. One would be is being alone, guys are very visual and I personally don't feel like I would be visually appealing to someone you...
    ZNior ZNior 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm very confident with myself. I rarely feel insecure about myself and don't have any reason to. I love who I am and shall continue to strive for the best. I will stay optimistic...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F Aug 27

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    Need to find new inspiration as my creativity is noticeably waning. I have been too structured as of late, and I need to rediscover my impulsive side.
    BarefootBliss BarefootBliss 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 26

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    I'm gay, friends and family know, I have a boyfriend, we live together, we're happy BUT I still find it hard when it comes to things like conversations in work. I always omit...
    rb1987 rb1987 26-30, M 3 Responses Sep 3

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    So I'm not actually gay (I'm pan but whatever) but I'm scared to actually come out to my family. I mean, it's easier to tell friends or tell people online but when it comes to...
    Barakaflacka Barakaflacka 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 6

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    I feel like giving up. My life feels like i should end
    Wishitwasover35 Wishitwasover35 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    It's a terrible mix of anorexia and bulimia. I don't eat a lot of food and when I do I throw it up. No one knows about this and I want it to stay that way. I am trying to do...
    dambookworm17 dambookworm17 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    I was married for 13 years to the man I believed would be with me forever. For the first 5 years, everything was good - I practically fell at his feet every single day out of my...
    kmdogmom kmdogmom 46-50, F Sep 13

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    Wow well I know I'm not the only person struggling with this experience. Years ago in my early teens this was not really an issue but now it's pretty bad. I always asked myself...
    solzco1 solzco1 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 8

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    I'm struggling with anxiety constantly. Going to work, social occasions, any new at all. My fear goes into overdrive and makes me physically ill. I don't know what to do.
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    Tonight is going to be yet another night when I can't even think about sleeping until a stupid time because as long as I don't sleep then it's not tomorrow (does that make sense...
    MarniBear MarniBear 16-17, F 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    Your thoughts fill me up As always I keep you within me. No one can empty me. Cos I am already empty I don’t know though Where I will head now Tears like poison sinking me...
    winterfall winterfall 36-40 Sep 14

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    Actually, I tend to get bored when I hang out with friends who are similar to me. Don´t get me wrong; I love these friends. Some of them I´ve known all my life. It´s just that...
    lfcalzada lfcalzada 51-55, M Sep 12

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    *sigh* I feel as though it's never good for me to have this on my mind in the beginning of a relationship. Or even to think about it now. This dream of mine has put so much...
    piprimate piprimate 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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    I'm 23 years old, and I have no friends. Acquaintances yes, but no close friends. I haven't hung out with someone I can call close or a good friend since early 2012. So I try and...
    DarkGem DarkGem 22-25 7 Responses Aug 25

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    today, I went to my little cousin birthday'party. I was not really excited about the event (my social anxiety keeps playing with my nerves) but I had some kind of pleasant surprise...
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    I just don't know anymore who to trust, who loves me, if I would even recognize love if i had felt it. I have been through so much, so much numbness, i feel like everyone is just...
    tylersean tylersean 22-25, M Sep 11

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