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I Learn Lessons The Hard Way

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    Life's Demerit System

    All married men will attest to some real wisdom in this....In the world of romance, one single rule applies:MAKE THE WOMAN HAPPY!  Do something she likes, and you get points.  Do something she dislikes, and points are subtracted.  You don't get any points for doing something...
    Gyummy Gyummy 51-55, M 11 Responses Dec 21, 2012

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    Near Miss

    It's an elementary precaution - look both ways before crossing the street. My sarcastic pleadings for an unusual, news-making death - in a bout I recall the old addage, "Be careful what you wish for." Despite not really wishing for it, I nearly got it. I was walking in...
    TheHonestLiar TheHonestLiar 26-30, M Mar 18, 2010

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    babygurl431 babygurl431 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2014

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    The hard way yes, it's the only way i seem to

    learn my lessons, i must admit i like a challenge, i'm a petite but gutsy gal that doesn't run away from things because they are hard, made many mistakes along the way but haven't we all, but one thing i can honestly say is i never make the same mistake twice i learn from them...
    Nightofpassions24 Nightofpassions24 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 15, 2014

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    Ashamed

    I held a double standard with someone I loved, playing games with him to ensure he truly cared about me. I am disgusted with myself. I presented myself as more witty and smart than I actually am, so he fell in love with a fraud.
    angeldog2013 angeldog2013 46-50 1 Response May 26, 2013

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    Hardway

    That is the only way i want to learn. I enjoy it and always have a good experience to come out of them.
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M Mar 15, 2010

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    LoveIsSublime LoveIsSublime 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2011

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    Never borrow money from a loved one.

    Or even a 'liked'one Never lend a loved or liked one money. It gets messy, it gets terrible and it gets catty. It's bad. But if I ask for money, it'd be nice if you won't miss it. Because I'm bad at paying back. Hello, my name is Sam and I'm a borrowholic. I've been...
    Unknownimus Unknownimus 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2014

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    romi777 romi777 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    Trey songs said it best.

    Sax ain't better than love.
    JuBear424 JuBear424 18-21, F Jun 17, 2014

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    This is the lesson I've learned about trucks

    and vehicles in general find something you'll enjoy and can operate safely i.e if you can't drive stick don't buy one. Unless your rich take care of it sure have a little fun but be smart don't wrap it around a tree and you might think it's cool and you're a bad as but please...
    Biggy742 Biggy742 22-25, M Dec 27, 2014

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    JDcent JDcent 16-17, M Jun 18, 2014

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    Over & Out

    Apparently the most painful lessons are the most difficult for me to accept. I don't want to see what I don't want to believe Even I can't ignore what is directly in front of me. This is a mistake I will never make again.
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F Aug 8, 2011

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    Nothing Is Ever Easy For Me

    All the lessons I learn have been the hard way.  And the kicker is, when I try to share my experinces with others, I just get the "what do you know?" response.  It is like I'm Cassandra and no one beleives what I tell them even though it is true.  Oh well...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 5, 2010

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    What I Am Now

    Yes, I have learned a lot about myself, about trusting myself, having faith in myself the hard way. Let me start it from the very beginning of what had happened. I was very secured, very comfortable of what I had that time. I had a great job with good income, had friends who...
    Lena04 Lena04 22-25, F Sep 15, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    Wow! Hi everyone. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I love reading. Well, there’s one thing you need to know. You need to learn. If you don’t learn every day, your knowledge...
    w0llycyte w0llycyte 26-30, F 6 hrs ago

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    5 Things To Remember When You Feel Broken “Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale No doubt...
    lovingRIZA lovingRIZA 56-60, F 9 hrs ago

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    I got this from the convention. Pretty cool intermission from the drudgery. I interpret it as...Everything that happens is a life lesson. Each moment of our lives is a chance TO...
    Solegne Solegne 41-45, F 1 day ago

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    I've finally figured out my dream job. I really want to be a UN translator. Languages have been my passion for quite some time and they naturally come easy to me. I speak Polish...
    purpleemandem purpleemandem 16-17, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    For YEARS I was afraid of confrontations, and especially of getting in a fight - and losing. So I ducked them, and despised myself, and inside thought I was a coward. This went on...
    tjw747 tjw747 46-50, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    The three most important lessons I´ve learned: 1. Help yourself, or nobody will help you. 2. Don´t trust anybody fully. 3. Only if you are doing your job with love and all...
    Loretta78 Loretta78 36-40, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I love the fact that this grouo seems popular. Most of the groups I'm a member of (about 350) do have stories in but not recent ones. I love learning. Its one of the main things I...
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    The first time they dropped rope at my feet I did not pick it up. Must have been my pride. Then as they spoke of faults which labeled my worth I thought I could do better. I could...
    Myplethora Myplethora 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    not to make too much of it...i have a long way to go. talking has finally started to put things together. pieces of the past that provided the vital "why"? why do i do what i do...
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Jade although we're best friends I don't see you like that. I see you as that we both know that our bond is brother and sister and I wouldn't have it any other way. we've been...
    SladeTheLegend SladeTheLegend 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    This is why I love proper discussions. Even if we can't agree on one point of view in the end, it's still nice to learn how others see things. Sadly proper discussion skills seem...
    Gentle153 Gentle153 26-30, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Speaking multiple languages is a blessing. It's great to get in contact with different people all over the world, language makes that possible. I can speak English and Dutch and I...
    menno1998 menno1998 16-17, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Never have I seen so many old, young, privileged, people trying so hard to be happy. There are countless articles written about it, blogs named for it, workshops attending to it...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I was a teen Mom who had no idea how hard I made my life when it didnt have to be. Never the less, my two kiddos and I turned out just fine. It was not an easy path but I made it...
    WhyMeWhyNotMe WhyMeWhyNotMe 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    Normally it is every day. Life is always teaching lessons but often we are so self absorbed we can't be bothered to learn.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I have a prelim (test) tomorrow and need to learn paragraphs of french and I don't know the quickest way to learn it. writing it out repetitively? Saying it over and over to myself...
    ThroughRoseGlasses ThroughRoseGlasses 16-17, F a week ago

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    When I first joined EP I was sort of skeptical about this site and I thought this site is going to be lame. But, the more I've been on here the more I've learned. Like about the...
    BlueCookieMonster BlueCookieMonster 22-25, M Jan 30

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    I am studying Spanish now. I would also like to learn Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Farsi, Russian, German... The list goes on! While I am terrified of being out of my...
    lovelywarpedlemon lovelywarpedlemon 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    When God created human, the angels were surprised. "Why the heck You created a being like this, who will destroy each other, destroy the earth?" Oh, by the way, I paraphrase the...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky 26-30, F 9 Responses Jan 30

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    I watch guys and girls do this, and I think; what a great way to just lose yourself! Do your research. Find a good spot. Load up your rod and reel. Attach a funky looking, hand...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 30

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    i learned that you cannot make someone return what you feel. that remaining loyal to someone who didn't care about you was not something that gained you anything more than...
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M Jan 29

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    I've always loved learning. I always liked science kits for Christmas when I was growing up. I read the encyclopedia before I read a novel. I remember hearing my father say, "I...
    WolfVanZandt WolfVanZandt 61-65, M Jan 27

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    I think the greatest life lesson is the realization that while you know some things, you will never know everything. After you accept that you can live your life and make your...
    KawiiKay KawiiKay 18-21, F Jan 27

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    We live, we learn and hopefully we grow. As for me personally, I know that I have experienced tremendous growth in the past 2+ years that I've been on EP alone. And change? Yes...
    Reflectionsinred Reflectionsinred 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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    My mom as a child pulled me so hard, my arm/shoulder came out of its socket. I cried and screamed for an hour 'til it miraculously popped back into place. She was always “there...
    pommymommy pommymommy 36-40, F Jan 25

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    Guys you have to learn to relax once in a while. Some things in life are too hard for you to be serious about. Take a break, do something productive.
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair 18-21, M Jan 25

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    I've wanted to for some time but no formal courses exist near me so I've had to teach myself. I started using Rosetta stone, but I wasn't grasping it because of the different...
    Fealda Fealda 22-25, F Jan 25