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I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

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    To Retreat Into Myself.

    Wow...that is like my poem.   To retreat into a shell of my making...one that is numb from liquor....weak from emotional exhaustion....faint from blood loss. That is my shell....I sometimes....know nothing else. I love the people who help me..and catch me when I fall..but...
    luckypickle luckypickle 26-30 8 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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    That Is The Way I Am, Too

     Somedays , just like the song "I don't want the world to see me ,Cause I don't think that they'd understand "So I retreat into my shell until I feel ready to face the world again.
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 9, 2010

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    To Remind Myself

     its easy to get lost in superficiality and the rules of society. to accept things without question, instead of questioning them instead of just accepting. i step back everyday to remind myself of what i believe in and why. to remind myself of why I'm here and what I'm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 19, 2009

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    Alot

    I was so overwhelmed last night I felt like I was going to have a total breakdown. EP is my only contact with the world and others so I cant stay away long but I was a bit catatonic for sure. It's not easy hearing someone preparing to die and trying to talk them out of it. I can...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 9, 2009

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    My Shell Is Where I Go To Be At Peace

    Im always able to retreat within myself, shut out all the noise, worry, pain, responsibility, burdens, knowledge of things I wish at times were not real, and find a peaceful place, envisioning a reflecting pond, where I ponder and the only thing there is peace, beauty, love and...
    littlepurrr littlepurrr 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2009

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    Yeah...

    I'm sorry if some of you guys think I've been a complete jerk lately if I haven't responded to you, but every so often, I just need a time out =| I have to have that alone time to... yolk? yolk back into my usual self, and get nice and comfy again, so I can come back to you 100...
    Infinite9 Infinite9 66-70, F Sep 15, 2012

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    There Are Times When I Run....

    and I know it isn't the "grown up" thing to do. I also has cost me certain things in my life being this way :-( As with many who may read this story, I have an excuse and a reason for it. I think we all have excuses to make what we do make sense no matter if it is right or wrong...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 31-35, F 2 Responses May 31, 2010

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    It Was Pointed Out To Me Today...that I Am Doing It Again.

         I thought I was getting better at letting people in. But my dearest bro just pointed it out to me...and lately I have been holding the whole damn world at bay. And now that I think about it...yes I have. And I have no excuse for it. I have...
    luckypickle luckypickle 26-30 3 Responses Dec 29, 2009

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    The Way I Am

    When I have sad, insecure moments I shut down for a day or so.  I feel unable to communicate with anyone and prefer just to work things out in my own head.  I do sometimes confide in a friend.  My best girlfriend who lives and works near me often tells me off for...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss 51-55, F 10 Responses Jan 9, 2010

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    ...

    ...today has been one of those days.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    I Am Overwhelmed

    I am an angel, an empath, an optimist, an emotional creature of habits and comforts. However, I can just as easily become overwhelmed by it all. When that happens, I need to retreat into my shell-- my 'safe place'-- where I can regroup, and gain control of my senses. There are...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    Forgotten, But Not Gone.

    I've spent nearly half of my life struggling with depression. When I first really learned to "retreat into my shell" I felt I had found perhaps the most safe, comforting, wonderful escape from the active threats in my life. Sometimes the elements are too much to handle...
    SaintThursday SaintThursday 26-30 Dec 8, 2009

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    Dancing By Myself

    I need to be alone sometimes!! It's a requirement for my survival.  I am a an introvert and sometimes I just need to retreat into myself to sort my world out and gather my focus.  It's like some internal rest and relaxation! I have always been a bit of a lone wolf and...
    Psychoseven Psychoseven 36-40, F May 31, 2010

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    Unfortunatly

    It happens more and more.... Sad I know, but it is the opposite effecting the balance.... You can only have so much high in your life before a low happens.....
    mtvlm mtvlm 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    Shell I

    A shell is a nice place to be, but I do not want to live there.A shell, is a warm place, a quiet place, a safe place and a place that requires no conversation or explanation. It can be dark, a place where you won't be disturbed by anything or anyone. A sort of "cocoon" that...
    GILEY GILEY 56-60, T 2 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    I Need To Fix Me.

    In my family everyone depends upon me. I am the protector, problem solver, source of funds, the comforter, the healer, the fixer of things. For many years I have played Superman. I am never too tired, sick or busy to not help out. But I am a fraud. I am not invinvible. I hurt, am...
    tomt88101 tomt88101 56-60, M Nov 18, 2009

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    Tonight I Will Do Just That.

    Someone whom I have always loved dearly, looked up to, shared my heart and soul with has left me feeling totally numb. I feel as if I do not know this person anymore. I poured my heart out to you, was nothing but respectful and what I got in return was for the most part absolute...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    I bumped into my ex boyfriend today..we work in the same place so it's bound to happened. We awkwardly said hi and I could hardly look him in the eye, I wish I knew what he was...
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    Loneliness is varied. At least, it is for me. There is the comparative kind, brought on by envy - you see people surrounded by friends when you have none. This is a bitter twinge...
    1whatislife1 1whatislife1 18-21, F 2 hrs ago

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    sometimes I just want to jump from the window.. just like that
    IceChocolate143 IceChocolate143 13-15, M 2 hrs ago

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    Sometimes I feel like I'm not cut out for the "life" I want to live. But, there's just something about "getting" what you want and I still want it. I feel alone when I think...
    LwrenSD LwrenSD 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    Did you ever just get up and tell yourself "today I am going just let go and do something crazy ?" Generally I am all thoughts and less action...I suppose I even surprised myself...
    MzPhoenix MzPhoenix 31-35, F 12 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I really mean not to harm anyone or even insult, i am really friendly and cool, but sometimes i want to make a compliment about a friend of mine or some of my friends, but i don...
    EliasMOP EliasMOP 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    My Fake Mother decided to stay home, yet again this week. Lord Jesus Christ, I do not know what I did to deserve this, but she WILL terrorize me all day today because this woman is...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I'm a 19 year old girl. My parents are pretty serious about education, I knew that from a very young age. So I worked hard and I excelled in academics. But I didn't do it because I...
    z296 z296 18-21, F 11 hrs ago

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    I need some close comfort sex tonight. Would anyone be willing to comfort me real good in that way? :(
    Daredevil1942 Daredevil1942 18-21, F 11 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    wouldnt that be nice to have someone to love you besides your family and friends? somebody else that came into your life that is willing to be with you and your baby for the rest...
    ThatOneSomaliGirl ThatOneSomaliGirl 13-15, F 5 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    Judging from the experience, I can say I relate. Then I look at the picture and it's of a guy (about to) get deep into something else...
    Cosmic0Potato Cosmic0Potato 13-15, M 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    where's a friend when u need one I'm so mad and sad Right now
    notheonlyone notheonlyone 13-15, M 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    I've long thought/believed that People Come Into Your Life For A Reason... I've just not always been clear on what the reason Is, y'know? To learn & grow, of course. To share...
    AdoraGel AdoraGel 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm a 34 years old nerd who has married a bit too early due to having a bad religious background in my life. Had kids too early ( now I have three ) and didn't get to really see...
    leicam leicam 31-35, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    We're exes because we aren't allowed to date because of our age and because of my parents not trusting him. He's long distance and despite 3 years of him being the only one there...
    Iriidescence Iriidescence 13-15, T 3 days ago

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    People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. When someone is in your life...
    Curiousmissy Curiousmissy 31-35, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    I just started online dating again. I've been on a date with a guy, the first guy I responded to but I'm starting to have second thoughts. The thing is though, I have never...
    roxslide roxslide 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Don't worry I'm talking about death. I mean that I wish my dreams could follow me into reality. Like in my dreams I can do anything, I can be anything. I can be a fierce knight...
    Foxyvan Foxyvan 41-45, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have been so over the top with my motivation to get certain things accomplished that I think I may have a bit of an addiction to this feeling now. I just managed to not only...
    localrocklover localrocklover 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It's hard talking to people on here sometimes. When you vent to them they always try to tell you "maybe you should get help" "Go see a doctor" *gives unnecessary/loaded advice* I...
    QuietKitten QuietKitten 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    The first time I was put into diapers after needing them I guess I was about 7-8. The babysitter put me into one for bed as she assumed I needed them. I remember wanting to try...
    punishmeplease1 punishmeplease1 31-35, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I do like to be alone with my thoughts, especially near mid-night. It was a hobby of mine. But then this hobby can enable my heart to tremble when I remember the nights I used them...
    JumpingTomatoes JumpingTomatoes 18-21 Jun 24

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    My issue with people using "Bad Blood" around me, is that I'm actually a huge pushover. I'm a nice girl. I don't scheme to hurt others or wish harm upon them, unless they hurt a...
    Fuzzies Fuzzies 61-65, M Jun 23

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    I'm out of the closet to almost everyone I know. My friends, most of my school, anyone who asks, and even my parents know I've had a girlfriend for almost a year now. Some of the...
    hcally16 hcally16 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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    a post I recently answered sparked a thought ,why in a world of so many who claim they love God is God so far from our thoughts ?so many bashing ,,so much debate and arguments over...
    rckt148 rckt148 56-60, M 2 Responses Jun 22

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    My husband and I got into a huge argument. I always say the most horrible things when I'm mad and I really wish I didn't. I've been taking a lot of pain medicine lately and it's...
    DeIuxedEdition DeIuxedEdition 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 22

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