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I Often Feel Like Life Isn't Real

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    It seems sometimes that the world, my reality is shifting and flexing. It's so lucid, so groundless that at times I feel as if I don't know if this is even real. My dreams are vivid and often predict small things in life, and sometimes not so small. And then, I feel like I...
    Captainwinky Captainwinky 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 16, 2008

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    Thinking About Life.

    Have you ever just laid in bed or sat down just thinking about life? Think whether you should or shouldn't do something? Wishing you had done something you backed away from? Or even just thinking about old memories or what your purpose in life is? I do.. All the time!! You're...
    blacknwhite96 blacknwhite96 16-17 2 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    For the past couple of weeks,

    I've been questioning what's real and what's not. It's horrible. And now, somehow, I got into the thought that I've been in a dream or coma or something for a while. And I tried asking my best friend how long I've been here, and I got really pissed when he kept assuring me that...
    yourguardianangel9613 yourguardianangel9613 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Well

    Sometimes I have these moments where I can't feel anything. Somethings just seem so unbelievable. There are times where I float off outside my body and wonder, "Is this real? Is what is happening really what's going on?" It's very strange when I catch myself doing that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 21, 2008

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    I recall one terrifyingly intense instance of

    this. It occurred last year, in the fall. It was a nice, crisp night and all the windows were open. My fiancée stepped outside for a cigarette and I gathered our dishes and headed to the sink. I turned on the tap and began washing the dishes. The longer I stood there and...
    wafflehouse8 wafflehouse8 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    You can't call this living right?

    - I honestly think life isn't real sometimes. I mean, you can't call this living: When you're young you have to go to school day in, day out. You have to study and learn a lot and have little free time, where you can do things you enjoy. When you're an adult, you have to work...
    littlewolf1 littlewolf1 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 7

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    Who/what/where/when/how/why Am/is/are I/us/you/this/everything?

    It just seems so unreal. Sometimes everything seems so dreamlike, or just... something. I don't really know how to describe it, but it feels like life should be something, something deeper and more meaningful but also something lighter and more fun. It's like living never...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 28, 2008

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    My Little Bubble..

    I sometimes go in to a day dream and feel like life is not real, that i am in some bubble and everything around me is not real. I been told this is dissociating and i do it a lot esp when i am stressed out or my mental health is bad. Sometimes i feels so weird and i get really...
    BrokenAngel35 BrokenAngel35 31-35, F Oct 20, 2013

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    Sensitive

    The times life feels fake to me is in unexpected or drastic changes in weather. I am sensitive to small changes in weather, when others are unaffected. Most people can tell when a thunderstorm is coming a few hours or minutes before it arrives. I can feel it coming before that. I...
    outofwonderland outofwonderland 16-17, F Jul 12, 2012

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    I just happened to question reality,

    cus' yea. What if I'm not real?
    ManMadeBoy ManMadeBoy 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 14

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    I Dissociate When Things Ar...

    I dissociate when things are too much for me to cope with, lots of stuff doesnt feel real. i know stuff has happened but i have no emotions to show for it. make sense? i watch myself a lot. im not in my body. just floating somewhere. watching myself spiral. i feel like nothing...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 21, 2008

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    Surreal

    Maybe it's because my life hasn't turned out the way I imagined it would when I was little, but I often feel like I'm in a living dream. Not necessarily a pleasant one either. Sometimes I feel like I'm detached from reality and I'm sitting on a cloud somewhere observing...
    SupertrampHero SupertrampHero 18-21, M 3 Responses May 5, 2008

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    Daydreams

    Sometimes reality just slips away kind of like being hypnotized or dreaming. I could be walking to class and suddenly feel like I'm not even in my own body. Like I'm watching my self at a distance not hearing a single thing, until I finally snap out of it and end up at my...
    cinnibonbon cinnibonbon 16-17, F Jul 23, 2013

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    Life Is An Experiment

    I honestly think that life is a simulation and that someone put me here for some reason. Maybe to figure something out about me, or to rehabilitate me for some crime that I've done. It might be a group of different beings wanting to know about Humanity. There may also be...
    Geopion Geopion 18-21 3 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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    Is It Real? I Mean, Really Real.

    I've always felt a sort of disconnect. I'm unsure if its "normal" or not. My entire life has been more like watching a film. Kind of. I watch, I see plots unfolding and every once in awhile I choose to make it an interactive story...like one of those choose-your-own adventure...
    lastleafoffall lastleafoffall 26-30, F Sep 27, 2012

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    I often think about this.

    I always daydream and as Ido I have to ask: "what is real life? And if I didn't have it what is my reality?"
    Knyx Knyx 13-15, F Feb 12

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    What If We Were Just Dreaming, And We Havent Even Started Our Lives Yet?

    I remember when I was about 8-10, I had this sort of 'epiphany.' What if this was all just a dream? What if I was still a baby, and have experienced all of this through dreaming? It was almost too hard to even comprehend...I tried making myself believe for a moment, that this was...
    CelestialRogue CelestialRogue 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 14, 2012

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    This is actually a dissociative disorder called

    derealization/depersonalization, in case you were wondering. People who are sleep deprived, bipolar, depressed, schizophrenic or have OCD, anxiety, borderline personality disorder or migraines usually experience this. But don't worry; it's the third most common psychological...
    xmer831x xmer831x 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Poems

    Living in this glass town  I wonder if they see it I wonder if they know Like a little secret  Hope that I may keep it But I'm about to blow How can they all not know Every thing is hanging  On a branch that's swinging Back and forth and back Back and forth and back But still...
    Katelynlab Katelynlab 13-15, F Jun 1, 2013

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    Reality. We Use It So Often Yet We Don't Know What We're Talking About...

    I have a problem with reality. We all see reality as something definate something we can put are finger on. But what is reality? How do we know it exists? Afterall it has never been proven that this is reality that we live in. Furthermore we also like to say that some people have...
    Miep323 Miep323 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 16, 2011

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    I Am Not Present..

    I can do whatever I like .. walking , learning , watching movie , cooking ,talking to people.. I alway feel like this all is not real , like I am not there.. Maybe I exist in different place , time and I am here only partly , like some part of me is somewhere else , not present...
    Martinecka Martinecka 18-21, F May 16, 2012

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    Maybe A Dream?

    Life not real, maybe a dream we are in?  Yes...butHave you ever been driving down the road, alone, and happen to think:What if I really died 10 minutes ago and this reality is just replaying over and over and I just don't realize that I'm dead yet?
    Psychodelic Psychodelic 46-50, F Nov 2, 2011

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    When Will I Really Wake Up?

    I don't know how many of you will read this. I need it, I found this site and I really need to take this out of me. Everyday that pass is becoming more difficult to realize the true reality...each day this feeling or whatever it is has becoming more and more...
    oddiovity oddiovity 33, F 3 Responses Dec 8, 2009

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    Is What Lies Outside Of Me A Truth Or An Untruth?

    I see things on the outside for their concreteness, but then I realize, what if the abstract truth is the exact opposite? I wake up some days and wonder if reality is a dream, and if dreams are my reality. If this is so, I spend a lot more time dreaming than actually being...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F Apr 7, 2013

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    Mr Invisabile

    One day, on my way home from school I had an epiphany. I was riding the bus, sitting alone. I was always a loner, never talkative, always shy. My days were long and coloured grey. I came to the startling realisation that I was invisable. Not a thing that I ever did or ever would...
    MrNotReallySerious MrNotReallySerious 31-35, M 2 Responses May 9, 2012

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    Drifting Away

    Hello, I am 15 years young. I want my story to be heard so please don't stop reading. For about 6 months now I've been experiencing weird episodes where I feel like life isn't real or I'm escaping from reality. This happens randomly 2 times a day. I get the feeling like my mind...
    Escapingfromreality Escapingfromreality 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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    Ever since I was a small child,

    I always wondered if perhaps the life we live isn't real after all. Perhaps someone somewhere is sitting down in a nice comfy chair reading a large leather-bound book and there is where our life truly sits. In between the pages of fictional story, we are real. No more, no less.
    Maelia816 Maelia816 22-25, F Mar 27

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    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M Feb 14

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    I Feel Like I'm Living In a Dream World

    Have you ever had a dream where on some level you know you are dreaming? You know that nothing has any substance and that if you close your eyes it all may just disappear? That's how I feel in the real world. The feelings started when I was very young. They would...
    unreal1 unreal1 31-35 3 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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    An Illusion?

    Is Life just an illusion?  How do we know it's 'real'?  When will we 'wake up' from this 'dream' of 'living'? 
    azpoet5 azpoet5 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 7, 2008

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    Who Are You?

    I love you dearly, But who are you really. Are you a portion of my mind's deepest fears. Or just a different image of me in all my mirrors. Who ever you are, What ever you are, Thank you. Even though you words are not always true. Your meanings twist their selfs In order to...
    Katelynlab Katelynlab 13-15, F Jan 28, 2013

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    Life Is Fake.

     Life too often seems fake.  Like nothing is real and nothing matters. It's almost like this unknown reality that doesn't make any sense to me.  And I'm just floating by 
    Seattlegirl Seattlegirl 16-18, F 3 Responses Mar 2, 2008

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    If there is no memory of you,

    did you ever really exist?
    Immortalpoison Immortalpoison 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    What Is Reality?

    Oftentimes, all the daily distractions will fall away, and my wondering mind will get behind the wheel.What is life? Is it the presence of energy? Everything has energy, the earth, the stars, the trees...even lamps and shoes and beds. So then everything, in it's own way, is alive...
    Fernwolf Fernwolf 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    I'm not real. I'm dead.

    I'm up in space in a different dimension. Life is a game. My body is on earth but my head is lost.
    peppermintsugar peppermintsugar 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Im A Fake

    I often if not all the time feel like life isn't real that we are just figments of some altered imagination and what we do is controled by the unknown. You know that person in the mirror staring back at you coppying your every move? What if it was the other way around and you...
    mattyboyyx mattyboyyx 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 7, 2012

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    The Freedom Of Dreams

    Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased.  He didn't know he was Chuang Chou.  Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Chou.  But he didn't know if...
    lostinthemazeofmymind lostinthemazeofmymind 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2009

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    The Dream That Never Shatters

    When my mom left i thought life wasn't real. I thought it was a dream. But if you really look at it, life is a dream. It changes upon your thoughts, your actions, your words. everything. But somethings are out of your control. But when the show is over, and your gone, away in a...
    Artemis17 Artemis17 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 6, 2010

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    Cant Find What I Want

    Feels like being lost in my ownself.....Semms like No one is ready or even wanna undstand you....going towards an unknown direction........Mind is kind of stopped dnt know whome should i talk ...getting ignored by everyone...Including the family members....Stuck in between the...
    yogi121 yogi121 22-25 1 Response Sep 17, 2013

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    Am I Here?

    Sometimes I feel like my life isn't real. I will sometimes say out loud, "This is it! This is your life!" to try to snap myself out of that feeling. I often wondered if others felt this way. I look back at my life and my experiences and sometimes it feels like none of it really...
    MarleaLea MarleaLea 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 8, 2012

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    Pain

    ive often wondered if living is even real at all. are we really alive so to speak. it's hard to explain how i feel. but ill try. these thoughts started coming to me even more when my mother died. and then after she died five months later my grandpa died. and five months after...
    bigc420 bigc420 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 6, 2011

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    Does anyone else ever zone out?

    I sometimes feel so detached from my own self. It's a really weird sometimes scary feeling.
    recycledknowledge recycledknowledge 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    Surprised

    Sometimes I'll just be walking. Just living my life just doing things and I'll be hit with...some kind of thought like, "Why the **** are we here? This feels so unreal." And then all day it'll seem like I'm just drifting through something that doesn't exist. Something I've just...
    harajukuhunny harajukuhunny 16-17, F Jul 25, 2012

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    Am I Really Here?

    I don't know how to describe it. Sometimes I just halt where I stand, look around and whisper, "I'm really here." But am I? It's such an overwhelming thought.
    InvisibleMermaid InvisibleMermaid 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 4, 2009

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    Life As A Book

    I feel like everything around me is fake like I'm just reading a book and I feel like something big is gonna happen but I don't know what it is and I don't know if I can keep living like this. I want to feel like I belong and not like an outsider! What should I do? Is there...
    1 Response Feb 9, 2013

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    Through The Glass, Darkly

    It happened slowly, or swiftly, I cannot remember. Maybe it was the stress from changing to a job with much poorer financial prospects, maybe it's my fascination with metaphysics, or perhaps it's due to the deliriants I've used to get through my past job (I'll not mention the...
    iioe iioe 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 23, 2010

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    I feel out of place at times. I've left various groups of friends. I've cut my bonds before. I even lost all my emotions at a time and broke out of a relationship I had. I...
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    Three months ago I almost killed myself. Life became too much for me to handle. I took 20 Doxepin (a sleep/anxiety pill) and pleaded that God finally take me home and apologized to...
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    I always feel like a guy. But I'm a girl. I know I'm transgender so it's not a problem. The only problem is that my family hates me already, I don't know why I feel like a nuisance...
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    I was on the phone with a friend today. We've known for a very long time. I think she's the only one I "talk" to regularly. And when I say that, I mean, have on the phone. I don't...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Im looking for friends on here. I feel like people doesnt respect me. i have only one person who was talking to me on here regulary. I dont want pitty from others. I just want to...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Yea. It's been a year without friends to someone to talk to about how i feel. Though I have meet some, same age as mine. But I feel that I don't belong. Not because most of them...
    zhaneylhuv zhaneylhuv 16-17, F Apr 2

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    After having this feeling oftenly, I realized that you are not alone. You only feel lonely. All you need is a hug😊💕
    allisonslim allisonslim 22-25, F Mar 28