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I Often Feel Like Life Isn't Real

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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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    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, 2014

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    We are all living and enjoying ourselves

    while we can but what if it's just 'just'? Most of the time I think to myself what if all these that happening here and there is nothing but a dream? What if it's a dream we are in that we are watching the time pass by? Even while the time is passing maybe we are just about to...
    Punisher001 Punisher001 13-15, M 1 Response Dec 2, 2014

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    loveandall loveandall 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 19

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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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 1 Response Dec 15, 2013

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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 2 Responses Mar 27, 2014

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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 Sep 27, 2012

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    I feel as though I'm living a life created

    for someone's entertainment I don't know I guess it just feels like this isn't the life I wanted or even imagined So I wonder, why did I get here?
    sadvibes sadvibes 18-21, F Jan 13

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    CombatBarbie CombatBarbie 18-21, F Oct 7, 2014

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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 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    klover55 klover55 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 1, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 2 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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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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    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 2 Responses Mar 13, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    Do you think we would get along

    if we met each other on the street ?
    Leteisha Leteisha 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 1, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Onechoice Onechoice 31-35, M Nov 23, 2014

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    There's a ton of people on earth,

    I feel like im one that's just for a purpose to help someone else's big purpose like..it wouldn't be the same without me.. but im unrecognized for it because not everyone can leave a legacy that most people will know of...idk
    blweh blweh 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 15

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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, 2014

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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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    I'm forever dreaming.

    Please wake me up from this nightmare. I feel like when I close my eyes for the last time I'm finally going to be happy.
    TxSS TxSS 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    When I look up to the sky,

    I see the clouds moving. I'm just standing here on the ground. Waiting for snow to fall. Waiting 'till my time has come.
    DeserateForHelp DeserateForHelp 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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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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    I feel that I'm in a forever dream.

    A nightmare. That goes on. It feels as it I am the COMPLETE opposite as my self in so called "life" I don't want "Google it" because I did and nothing happened. Give me YOUR advice. Please.
    QueenChelsea121 QueenChelsea121 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Alexandra398 Alexandra398 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 10

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    whoscarlo5 whoscarlo5 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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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 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 21, 2014

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