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I Often Feel Like Life Isn't Real

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    when I have dreams that start with waking up.

    they often feel so real I wonder if this me is the dream and that's reality
    Jellypone Jellypone 26-30, T 2 Responses May 29

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    It feels like nothing is real,

    I have these moments where time seems to slow and everything around me stops existing. I feel so at peace, like nothing matters at that moment. Sometimes I have really realistic dreams and months later they happen. It's like everything is already set to happen a certain way and...
    emptyhearteddove emptyhearteddove 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    CombatBarbie CombatBarbie 18-21, F Oct 7, 2014

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    What if we're just 1.

    Crazy and we thought we were interacting with people and being normal but the truth is that we're already insane and talking to air 2. Dreaming and in a coma and when we die in here we actually wake up in the real world 3. Dead already and this is just an impasse to pass up the...
    DeuxExMachina DeuxExMachina 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    "How can mirrors be real

    if our eyes aren't real?"- Jaden Smith I can't even.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 9

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    i have often doubted my existence,

    like if i really exist or i am living a virtual life, it amuses me that i have a name and an identity, not always but many a time i ve felt that, a deep mysterious feeling. just wanted to let out here.
    feyreigns feyreigns 22-25, F 2 Responses May 27

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    Sometimes I wonder if the life we are living is

    just a dream and if our real bodies/selves are asleep somewhere in another dimension. Our human bodies could be like the Naavi from Avatar and our other selves are another species that's sleeping. I also feel like I'm a pawn in life's game to some extent.
    XxLionHeartxX XxLionHeartxX 18-21 1 Response Jul 2

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    I was spiked with a home made legal high in a

    rolled cigarette (I smoke without a filter) and I ended up collapsing after 3 hefty drags I could go into extreme depth about the trip but to keep it as short as possible I was living situations where I would see myself of the floor answering certain questions or doing certain...
    K4t666 K4t666 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    Alexandra398 Alexandra398 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 10

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    Especially this morning.

    I feel detached and void. I am irrelevant and none of this is happening. Time may be ticking around me, but in my mind I have reached a stand still. I do not want to continue, however I don't have a reason to completely end anything. I am a vacant soul with a racing mind. I do...
    forshewasacoffin forshewasacoffin 18-21, F 3 Responses May 30

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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, 2014

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    Br7781 Br7781 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    the best you can do is nothing at all,

    peace is the best validation
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F Jul 2

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    sometimes. i imagine i am in another persons

    body and wonder what my life would be.
    bigbangvip21 bigbangvip21 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    [long story ahead because I need to get this

    off my chest] I have been struggling with solipsism my entire life. The people around me and my environment feels as though they are a simulation either 1) created by my mind or 2) made to be a test environment for me. My epiphany came when I was 6 and showering using the...
    theflamechronicles theflamechronicles 18-21, F 7 Responses Jul 2

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    Life is void of meaning,

    insane and empty. Life by definition, when all the subjective things are ******** off, is bizarre, warped and mad! Would you agree?
    AmirPR AmirPR 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 2

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    I think this as we are all in a dream

    and this life is either a wistful dream from our mind, or a horrendous nightmare
    Signedcentaur Signedcentaur 13-15, M 2 Responses Jun 17

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    I have always had fantasticly vivid dreams.

    I remember a horrifying nightmare from when I was five, but tonight I had such a surreal and lasting feeling from a dream, that I feel as though I may have lived another life in just a couple hours. I am writing this at 3am and I woke at around 11:30. My dream was of a...
    Toddstool Toddstool 31-35 Jun 26

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    Ever get that moment

    where you just look around like how is any of this even real???? Is it all just a simulation?
    ladfan4life ladfan4life 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 20

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    or like i'm not real.

    or like i'm not part of the world around me. things that actually happen to me just don't feel like they're happening sometimes. it's hard to describe.
    blacksunzenith blacksunzenith 22-25 2 Responses May 26

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    I want to die...i have no reason to live

    and hundreds of reasons to die..everyone is selfish in this world...the only thing i've noticed through out my whole life is that I've always come across people who are mean,selfish,dishonest,disloyal,liars and two faced...my life is full with these kind of people...and i...
    Manha95 Manha95 18-21, F 9 Responses Apr 30

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    Life is but a dream, .

    ....dream butt.
    BreakingBored BreakingBored 41-45, F Jul 3

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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, 2014

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    It's just an illusion,

    my daydreams are real. My dreams at night are real... Life just seems like a surreal dream I'm participating in, playing by the rules..or is it my rules? l wonder if, when I'm alone with my thoughts, of the rest if the world ceases to exist until l interact with it again. ..
    MistyGoddess MistyGoddess 41-45, F 3 Responses May 23

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    I participate actively in life,

    and it is in a way sincere. That is, I can tell there is a part of me that really truly engages with the world. But the "me" I identify with, who I am, is the neutral observer who exists detached from reality. I doubt anything, including the body and mind I inhabit, is real...
    Blancpaper Blancpaper 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 2

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    Does anyone ever feel like Life is all just a

    really long, detailed dream? Like if you were to die right now you would wake up from said dream?
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 6 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    RUN..,run..,run,run until sweat drips down your

    forehead,your muscles ache,..until there's a fire rising in your lungs..,until your heart explodes in pain,realization,joy and u know the the specks of all the emotions and yet,u can stand,breathe ,live and be..be strong enough!
    urnesha urnesha 18-21, F May 16

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    I think that this is really just a dream

    that we need to wake up. There are no good or bad,because everyone has a different perspective to some situation. Do we try to do something about the characters in movie when we watch the cinema? No,because that isn't real. Its like we are in the movie but many of us think that...
    Sebua42 Sebua42 13-15, F 1 Response May 31

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    Do you think we would get along

    if we met each other on the street ?
    Leteisha Leteisha 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 1, 2014

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    I just sit still. Everything else spins out of

    control. I am too numb now. Nothing here is real...it can't be real...it can't have me. I don't want it.
    BluChild BluChild 41-45, F Jul 2

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    You said you'd break me down,

    just to build me up, but you broke me down, for you thats not enough. Every chance I give to you, you just hide your bluff, and now im sitting here, broken and not tough. And now my heart keeps pumping blood, Forcing me to keep on living on. I just need to get away from life...
    DowngyvedDante DowngyvedDante 18-21, M Jun 9

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    Just 4 years ago, I had been living happily,

    settled and completely at in L.A. 3 years ago, I made a jump and moved to the Netherlands for my then boyfriend. Fast-forward to now: I'm in the Philippines, just moved to a new condo, and starting a new job. It's surreal. Where to next, life?
    Prykat Prykat 26-30, F 2 Responses May 27

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    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    An experiment, the "perfect zoo".

    An alternate dimension where reality is entirely inside my own mind. A state of consciousness after dying elsewhere, forever doomed to this repulsive planet. I feel as though what I'm seeing is off, this world, is off. One large contradiction in itself. However, whatever I...
    InexplicablyWrong InexplicablyWrong 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    Well it's not. Life is completely random

    and wierd. Like seriously quantum physics suggestions that when you run your actually moving the.earth a bit. if a bee hits a oncoming train both the bee and train actually stop. From 80mph. yet we don't feel.it it's so fast. How is this reality? It is so wierd and makes my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 7

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    I have Depersonalization disorder

    for almost a year now.It never stops I dont feel anything, my thoughts are racing In my had and I am lost all the time.It started when I was in a plane.I was going to Italy and when we landed I started feeling wierd.I tought I was the different climate or the air pressure, but...
    Dusan1234 Dusan1234 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    It's quite a strange feeling.

    I think I feel like life isn't real bcos every time I should have broken a bone, it just never snapped but instead just hurt really badly. Like I was on a trampoline once and I was bouncing obviously but then my leg tried to bend the other way, as you can imagine that would hurt...
    Rhysymo Rhysymo 18-21, M 5 Responses Apr 14

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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 3 Responses Jul 23, 2014

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    when do you really realize

    that life is over in the blink of an eye?
    jjaynes01 jjaynes01 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 3

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    Artandabstarct Artandabstarct 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 2

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    Hang on, let me say something.

    Why. Why, do we strive to have an education, amazing job, money, perfect family. Stuff like that, when in the end, it doesn't matter. We LIVE to die, end of story. Nothing of this matters, right now, it's simply temporary. We all die, it's almost like life is a disease.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 17

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    johnnyappleguy johnnyappleguy 18-21, M Jun 9

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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 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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    I've had this happen more

    than once: While driving home at night, after a really bad day (panic attacks and/or horrible depression) I'll see people who seem real for a moment but as soon as I drive past them or look away it feels like I've seen a ghost. Like right after I see them all of a sudden it...
    buffalobilll buffalobilll 18-21, F Apr 17

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    sometimes i feel like all the things in life

    are going to end in someday and all the silly things that people care about to much is nothing
    linadabaghie linadabaghie 13-15, F May 18

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    Reality has glitches I see the little cracks

    sometimes No one that knows me loves me Everything is broken. I'm broken. I'm everything. I get lost in the dream Someone is poisoning me. I'm not crazy. We're not crazy Life is poisoning me
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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