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I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

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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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    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 70+, F Sep 15, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25 Dec 8, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sometimes I feel like I'm really starting to come out of my shell. It kind of hit me yesterday when I realized I was looking down at the feet of the person I was talking to rather...
    Bumblelion Bumblelion 31-35, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I think seashell decorations are ghastly..think they are ugly but I like individual shells in a little container or something. I love ones that you can "hear" the sea in. Those are...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Jan 17

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    Idk. Idk Idk Idk. I seem angry but I'm not. I'm uncomfortable. And I just want to seal off my world.. much like how we retreat to our own homes but our homes are still a part of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 7

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    Sometimes I wonder what is the point of me. I can't remember the last time I felt truly wanted. I know I have family and friends that love me, and I know they would be there for me...
    rycbar10 rycbar10 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    I adore sea shells. My favorites are ones that I collected when I was very young and one that I got as a gift from a friend. That one is a conch with some gorgeous pink inside; the...
    iridesca iridesca 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    After college, I was really broke and went to Ireland and stayed at hostels. Because I couldn't afford to buy gifts, I collected Sea Shells in Galway and brought them home. Since...
    col2717 col2717 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    A while ago my boyfriend admitted that helped to me and had gone to ***** clubs multiple times with his friends. Although he claimed that his friends pressured him into going....I...
    ReinaStef ReinaStef 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    I know my own thoughts and my feelings... not as much as 'knowing', more like 'sensing'... I can hear my thoughts, can feel my feelings, probably, most likely, better than most...
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    I'm so heartbroken I'm hurting deeply I miss him so much we were only together 3 weeks but I fell in love. He was so good to me but I had to end it because my parents don't approve...
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    Sometimes I feel like I'm living in the land of crazy people. I'm currently 38 weeks pregnant with my third child, and it will be my third c-section. This means there is no need...
    MommaBella MommaBella 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 2

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    hello everyone. So I have a major problem... well, perhaps you won't find it as important as I do, but I really hope someone will take some time and read this. I am a sophmore in...
    loneeeelyinlove loneeeelyinlove 16-17, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Nevertheless, what's promising is: you are able to use offshore banking lawfully; pay your taxes, report your transactions, and by doing so that you'll be able to legally love...
    Georgebankssi1 Georgebankssi1 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 2

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    There's a good side of boys, the caring, sweet natured, human. The self confident ones. I admire guys who take up the job when needed and care for you when you need all in the same...
    Misscoconut Misscoconut 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Putting it bluntly, love sucks. It hurts way too much. It is painful. Beyond anything that a person should ever have to deal with. I was in love once. Even though I was 19, it was...
    ManinNY ManinNY 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    i know this feelings.. i sometimes laugh even if i feel sad. but lately my counselar said to me, it's okay being you. even if there are many survivors like yo in this earth,that...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    Ive had my sister in law stay with my boyfriend, child n myself every other week for two weeks at a time for 2mths now. she is 21 but has a loud mouth and acts like a teenager her...
    squeaks79 squeaks79 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    I need moral support. I'm just so frustrated with my financial situation it's hardening my heart. I have a six member family and I'm the only money maker. Rent is due, my phone...
    Dandito Dandito 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 5

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    I have been very lucky in this life of mine. Or is that even true? My world always appears so full of light. The outer rims of my soul like burning torches of fire in the night...
    Loverofpeace Loverofpeace 36-40, F 10 Responses Jan 13

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    I had sex with a good friend. We meet when I was in a relationship with my exboyfriend( a narcissist that dumped me when we were living together, without notice. Buying flights and...
    dunam dunam 26-30, F Jan 2

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    So it's now 3rd January and I've been in my jammies since Hogmany (31st December) in loving being a lazy girl. Today I plan to shower and put on clean jammies. It's been 60 hours...
    Pjstuart Pjstuart 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Four years old, dressed up like a super hero Always smiling, never showing he ain't well His mom and Daddy held his hand through all the chemo And sometimes this side of Heaven...
    Insan3lyGifted Insan3lyGifted 46-50, M Jan 4

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    I only ever visit this site to catch up with a few select people or to say what I can never say to anyone in my life. Sometimes it is all tooo much. Sometimes I look at my life and...
    imsoradalecki imsoradalecki 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    Sometimes I wish he'd understand what I mean with certain things. When I say I'm fine, I'm really not. When I say I don't wanna talk about it, I just don't know how to talk about...
    hxlils hxlils 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 14

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    I believe in god but sometimes I don't want to listen to people preach everything in the bible about god. Sometimes I go to my nanny's house to visit her we have lots of fun...
    Girlinpink0075 Girlinpink0075 18-21, F Jan 16

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    Sometimes I don't have a reason. Sometimes I do. I think a huge part of it was that I wasn't a great person awhile ago. In high school and up until my sobriety, I wasn't the best...
    silencedfears silencedfears 26-30 6 days ago

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    I don't think people normally see me as a touchy feely person, but deep down I am. I constantly crave any kind of touch, just simple touch--rarely sexual, though if anything turned...
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