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I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ...

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Self Protection And Preservation

    I have to take a mintue.I will walk away but I will be back.I will not allow these feelings to consume me.I will once again regain control...only to lose it to you over and over.
    Kindal Kindal 46-50, F Aug 26, 2011

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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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    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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    LOL looking in my literature folder from when I was 14.......I don't even think this makes sense... XD A shell, I’m trapped within, a shell that I’ve carefully crafted and...
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    Sometimes I wish I could just pack up all of mine and my sons things and just run away! Leave our lives behind and start fresh somewhere new!
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