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I Often Feel Like Life Isn't Real

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    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M Feb 14

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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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 21

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Mar 27

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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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    CombatBarbie CombatBarbie 18-21, F Oct 7

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    A lot of my life is spent in my own mind.

    I constantly spend time analysing everything and anything around me. I feel so detached from everyone around me. Sometimes I really wish I could find that once person who understood me. A lot of the time when working I zone out completely and go in to robot mode it's scary...
    Zaada Zaada 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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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, M 3 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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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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    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 18-21 2 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    Then I smash my thumb,

    and it all snaps back to reality...
    3Dogmatic 3Dogmatic 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 29

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    Do you think we would get along

    if we met each other on the street ?
    Leteisha Leteisha 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 1

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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 2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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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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    he makes me feel so special sometimes like he

    would do anything for me but then he gets me off guard and hurts me a lot and he doesnt care, i told him that i cutted and he just didnt care he was ok with it and i feel so alone my friends dont understand so i cant count on them but two of my best friends have their own...
    xxSuicidalPrincessxx xxSuicidalPrincessxx 13-15, F Jun 29

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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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    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 Sep 17, 2013

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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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    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 16-17, F Feb 12

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    Life isn't real. We are all just souls living

    in containers called bodies. On a earth full of materialism and temporary satisfaction. Welcome to your illusion folks 😊
    ADeepPerspective ADeepPerspective 18-21, F Dec 15, 2013

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    It's strange, lately I have been feeling

    as if this life I am supposedly living in, it's not real. I will get these random thoughts and my mind will remind me that this is reality.. But about 90% it doesn't feel real.. It's kinda hard to explain.
    worthlesssuicidal worthlesssuicidal 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    klover55 klover55 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 1

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    What if I died? What

    if this all is a construct in my head of what should have been? what if I am still dreaming? What if my real life were my dreams and this the actual dream? What if I went to hell and this is just the start of my worst fears? Every little achievement going wrong at the end...what...
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    whoscarlo5 whoscarlo5 18-21, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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 2 Responses Mar 7

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    I sometimes think that life is just a dream.

    Seriously. I feel like I could be just another spot of nothing in the universe, if it even exists. And those thoughts turn into more thoughts piled upon thoughts.. This feeling has actually led me to have multiple panic attacks. I'm a weirdo.
    mournwiththemoonandthestars mournwiththemoonandthestars 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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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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    Many times I have felt dissociated from life.

    I don't feel like I belong or like I'm connected. My friends have commented on my failure to sometimes pay attention to world around me. I'll be driving around streets I know, getting lost, making wrong turns, just not focusing. I walk trough life sometimes like everyone around...
    Pheonixx35 Pheonixx35 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    I think I am slightly sociopathic.

    Nothing feels real. I feel as if I can never die. I am lucky, a little too lucky. I feel like there is a higher power, yet do I think it is from any major religion on earth today? no, I'm not even sure if it exists. there is no rules. we are kept in line by a series of papers...
    ithinkihaveamentalillness ithinkihaveamentalillness 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Apr 21

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    ADeepPerspective ADeepPerspective 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    Onechoice Onechoice 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    I have this strange feeling

    or sensation even from when i was in grade school that all of a sudden i am present physically somewhere but my brain feels light as if I am not there my mind is somewhere else something is outside my body i am not in my body my head my brain my mind all feel away outside of my...
    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 28

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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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    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 4 Responses Mar 2, 2008

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    I experience de realization

    or detachment all of the time, it's scary, I have often forgot where I was while driving, I get strange sensations like tunnel vision almost, sometimes when people talk to me, it's like I can't hear them , like I'm there looking at them they are talking but nothing is...
    clay001 clay001 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2

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    Well besides my family. You honestly want that best friend. That one person you can count on anything, and I hope one day we'll meet.
    Tognoni2 Tognoni2 13-15, F Nov 5

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    Who would care anyway? Im just a problem for every one. Eveyone will be better without me
    Ashlee344 Ashlee344 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    This is my first shared experience so bear with me please. Lately, for no apparent reason, I have just been feeling like I don't belong anywhere. And I ask myself all the time why...
    broller broller 18-21, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    A little set up for you: I'm a 19 year old girl. Portuguese. Lived in England most of my life. Born in SA. Confident in my appearance. I write. I draw (at university, so it's legit...
    exulansis exulansis 18-21, F Nov 3

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    because all I do these days is spend time on my laptop. Sometimes I think I could be addicted to the inter-net. But these days I spend most of time playing cards which can be very...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    I hide the real me from mostly everyone, I feel like if I said a lot of. The things I think I would have no one anymore...sometimes I wonder if I even know the real me
    crazybeautiful26 crazybeautiful26 22-25, F Nov 4