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I Keep Struggling With Who I Am

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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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    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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    I Know Who I Am But..

    I dont fit in anywhere. The friends i have are not into the same things as me (like music and hobbies), and the the type of people who are into the things im into are not into people like me. I am an anomaly
    theemptyvase theemptyvase 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I am struggling with life. A lot. Whether it's with connecting with other people, struggling with my inner demons, or battling my procrastinating ways, I struggle all the time.
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    An eating disorder is what I have, anorexia. know what your going threw, I am on my 2nd recovery. I started because my mom called me fat all the time and always made fun of me...
    SecretRocks SecretRocks 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I'll never forgive the man who molested me and everyone in school who bullied me for yearsssss and I never did anything to them and I'll never forgive everyone else who just...
    JadenLangVageta JadenLangVageta 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    All I want is a guy who lives near me and would love me for me and won't break my heart every day someone who is kind generous with a warm heart but tough too. I would promise to...
    Nicedude17 Nicedude17 16-17, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    I'm scared of being gay. I more scared of not finding anyone who is attracted to me. I need someone who will give me an honest opinion on my looks. I don't have to be your type, I...
    Jbsc21 Jbsc21 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 4

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    The Person who brought me into This world is beautiful-she is also very shallow. She judges everyone and everything on the basis of looks and beauty. Pretty is pathetic, damn you...
    lolaMyheqrt lolaMyheqrt 18-21, F Apr 8

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    Looking for a boyfriend who lives near Carthage, Texas I'm 17 white guy no one older than 18 or younger than 14 message me here or kick me teenboy21.
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    Looking for a boyfriend who lives near Carthage, Texas I'm 17 white guy no one older than 18 or younger than 14 message me here or kick me teenboy21.
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    Looking for a boyfriend who lives near Carthage, Texas I'm 17 white guy message me here or kick me teenboy21.
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    I recently lost my virginity to my boyfriend of 1 month, but we have known eachother since last year. All my life I was taught to save sex for marriage, and I even got a purity...
    Ashley36Yoga Ashley36Yoga 22-25, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't understand today how being gay is truly accepted. Today the most acceptance is "I'm okay with yo being gay" or "I'm happy for you." True acceptance would be "so?" Only then...
    WrongfulAngel WrongfulAngel 13-15, M 4 Responses Mar 21

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    I feel incredibly alone. I have family and friends that love me but I feel like I have nobody at the same time. I'm far away from home and I'm staying here for six months but I...
    camicat12 camicat12 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Falling for my best friend actually fell, really hard. Was there for her when she told me she was abused n broken...told her I was gay(I'm a girl) n that I needed a friend ...we...
    Rhythmnblues9 Rhythmnblues9 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I just had my first experience and it was with a man.
    Tom1429 Tom1429 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 6

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    I am 14-15 and I am confused: I have always been attracted to boys! I dated my best friend (guy) for 9 years. When I was 4 I loved breasts. Because I have a big family I am...
    ParisMaisie ParisMaisie 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 9

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    The first time I knew I was gay was the age of 11. The second I realised it I ran to my room and started crying until my eyes hurt, I remember this day so clearly because it was...
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    arsnicandlace arsnicandlace 18-21, M Apr 12

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    I just told my dad I'm gay and he won't talk to me now. I'm 17 from Florida and want a boy to have a relationship with
    camjames9876 camjames9876 16-17, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    My ex gf and i got together about a week before my 31st birthday. Well jan 5 this yr she moved out. I was stupid and took her for granted. So i need to go back to last spring when...
    hopeandsorow hopeandsorow 31-35, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I will, but not just yet.Dixie Chicks "Not Ready To Make Nice"
    dollysworld dollysworld 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    My ex-bestfriend, my dad, my grandparents, my brother, my mom, my friend, my aunt, my uncle, my ex, and the people that bully me.
    Wishingtobegone Wishingtobegone 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    Looking for a bf. I live in Carthage, Texas and I'm 17. Message me here or kick me teenboy21 if u want a bf, no long distance stuff also 14-18
    Nicedude17 Nicedude17 16-17, M Mar 28

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    If anybody would like a new friend, hit me up.
    lukehyde1994 lukehyde1994 18-21, M Apr 1

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    Just a sweet outgoing sissy boy bottom needs a Masculine TOP Man to treat me like the princess and I dream of being a housewife!
    FemGayBottom FemGayBottom 26-30, T 1 Response Apr 3

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    I just started recovery a few weeks ago and i feel miserable!😒 I've b/p'd even more than usual, and I can feel how much I've gained. I know I shouldnt, but i want so badly to be...
    discoveringisabel discoveringisabel 13-15, F Apr 3

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    I was overweight from the time I was 9 to the time I was 14. I hated the way I looked. A few months ago a started losing weight. I became obsessed. I would make myself throw up...
    goodvibesman goodvibesman 13-15, F Apr 3

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    Should I come out to my mom? I have no idea what she would do. Advice :)
    Richard27 Richard27 16-17, M 3 Responses Apr 7

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    I now understand the saying 'The Struggle Is Real' but for different reasons. I thought people would just suck it up by now, but I was soo wrong.
    MixedLesbian MixedLesbian 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    Looking for a guy near Salina Kansas I'm 17. Don't bother messaging if your far away it's pointless Kick me: ryanboy1996
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    Sorry for that. I know that's tough. I will listen if it'll help. Anyone. I'm just that way. I care. 😊
    Henrys1 Henrys1 31-35, M 2 days ago

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    I am so f***ing sick of seeing news about this family! What makes them interesting or special? NOTHING. There is no reason they should be famous. It irritates me that I can't seems...
    Heartfilia Heartfilia 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    For the past two years I've been struggling with this depression and anxiety, I struggling every day to control my emotions and the temptation to end it all. I've attempted suicide...
    georgiecrouch georgiecrouch 16-17, F Apr 7

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    I fell in love over 20 years ago and never let go. We loved one another but the timing was off, again and again. After years of heartache, I trusted my head over my heart and...
    blueskies100 blueskies100 36-40 Apr 2

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    All my life I have dealt with jealous people. People who smile in my face but wish me harm when i'm not looking. People who constantly compare their lives with mine. I've learned...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 22-25, F Apr 7

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    I just want to thank everyone on EP who gave me compliments on my body pictures. I've been struggling with body image issues my whole life and I'm amazed at the positive feedback I...
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    Hello, I'm Sevine. And I'm struggling with my body image. I've always wanted to be that skinny girl with flat stomach when I was young. I grew up and I changed my mind. I wanted to...
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