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I Keep Struggling With Who I Am

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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 was raised to be the gentleman,

    to care about how girl's feelings, to be the guy that she can let down her guard around knowing full well that I wouldn't betray that trust that she has for me. I was taught that instead of burying my face in a new phone or whatnot, I should greet people with a smile, say hello...
    V12Snow V12Snow 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 26, 2014

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    I to struggle with who I am the fact is I don't

    know who I am I thought I knew who I was but I don't really know all I know is I was born a boy but in reality that don't mean anything sense there are people out there who believe they are born the wrong gender so I cant say if I am really a boy or a girl all I know is I was...
    jon200547 jon200547 26-30, M Oct 4, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 really was struggling to forgive my STBX husband for the years of pain he caused me. He's not a bad man he has a good heart and he's an awesome Dad. He has some mental health...
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    I'm sixteen and have been struggling for a while. I've been raised being called gay by many people because I preferred playing with my special needs sister and her barbies then...
    SeanDR SeanDR 16-17, M 3 Responses Apr 9

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    I'm gay. I have my ups and downs with being gay. For example today I was quite happy being gay. I know that one day I'll be happy with my boyfriend or maybe husband, if it's...
    hellotheremister hellotheremister 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 10

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    I've forgiven my father who left but now I have to forgive my step-father who seems non-existent in my life and because he seems this way I treat him as such so when he says...
    ChelseaJN ChelseaJN 18-21, F Apr 10

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    So I'm sleeping in my new apartment for the first time tonight. I miss my family, I see them almost everyday but it's not the same as living there. I miss the comfort of my wife...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 3 Responses Apr 19

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    my neighbour whos the same age as me bullied me throughout my childhood, we're both 21 now, i see her every now an then, she has a daughter now, it would only bother me worst to...
    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    Right now i am trying to look for who i am.
    Thedepressedgirlatthewindow Thedepressedgirlatthewindow 16-17, F Mar 28

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    This travel nurse job has really been a dream come true... I've been able to pay off $20k in debt in about 4 months. The problem is that traveling puts me away from my husband and...
    laurenb229 laurenb229 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend, who I'd committed a two year long distance relationship to cheated on me. The cheating was reveled a couple of weeks ago. I have copies of text and Skype records...
    cecemar cecemar 31-35, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm so tired of being alone, I used to love my alone time, now I have as much as I want and I'm completely unsatisfied. I spend my free time meeting people, trying to fill that...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 4 Responses Apr 9

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    I've been out for a little under 3 months and have had sex with one man. I used a condom, but did give him oral. He called me on Friday and told me he had both a positive and...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 2 Responses a week ago

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    First of all, can someone else start posting here too, I'm starting to look whiney, lol. So it seems like my life is an exercise in Murphy's Law as of late... So the guy I slept...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    So, after some thinking, I'm going to take the next 2 1/2 months and be completely non sexually or romantically involved. Not that I would be involved with anyone and not tell...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 3 days ago

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    I've been doing it for 4 years.. I just relapsed this month and I was so close to 6 months. I stopped but the urge to do it is so damn strong. I was so close to 6 months but I...
    PureLies PureLies 13-15, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I don't hurt myself. However, I have felt like doing so. The only time I feel like hurting myself is when I am in a large amount of emotional pain. Sometimes hurting on the outside...
    unreciprocated unreciprocated 36-40, F 2 hrs ago

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    and I know in order to heal, I must forgive.....
    flirtinglove flirtinglove 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I can't forgive my dad for what he done on my 13th birthday. I ended up in hospital for a week because he assaulted me. I've tried in the past to face him even though I can barely...
    MixedJayy MixedJayy 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    This is something that's very hard for me. My boyfriend has cheated on me in the past, by flirting & contacting other women on social networks. And we broke up for a few months...
    shesdifferent516 shesdifferent516 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    please do not ask me why it's a struggle. Lets just say it's a battle spiritually alrihgties good nitjeed
    Thedepressedgirlatthewindow Thedepressedgirlatthewindow 16-17, F Mar 28

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    I don't even know where to start and that's exactly how I feel. I've been saying for the past two months that I don't want a relationship, only to realize that I do, it's exactly...
    RobertE22 RobertE22 31-35 2 Responses Apr 2

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    I'm 14. Currently afraid to leave my house because of my emetophobia. I haven't left my house since January. Switching from Lexapro to Zoloft. Hope it works.
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I get urges to bad things all the time. Like sitting in a theater I get urge to yell, or urges to hurt someone bad because they've annoyed me. Any thoughts on what to do or how to...
    SeanDR SeanDR 16-17, M Apr 9

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    So embarrassed right now. Been a squealing beast because of a very abusive coworker. This person has been taken from a powerful position where she ruined many lives and hurt many...
    chatwizme chatwizme 61-65, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    I regret coming out as gay...
    sugardanny sugardanny 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    I thinks I'm a Demi-Bisexual, but I'm a little confused about it.
    ShhhAnon ShhhAnon 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 19

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    Help! I need some moral support. I feel like no one understands!
    TE76 TE76 36-40, F 6 days ago

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    im pretty sure im gay but not sure if im bi or not :(
    gayjon gayjon 31-35, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just woke up, drank 3 big glasss of water before going to bed last night. I need to pee so bad. Don't want to.
    Rwnns Rwnns 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I relapsed, again. From 11 back down to 0.
    MagicEyes95 MagicEyes95 18-21, F 3 Responses 21 hrs ago

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