Post

I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 371 People

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    It's sounds pathetic but I am unable to make decisions that involve other people, without reassurance. I can make decisions on my own about my own life and own things, but if they...
    Khione13 Khione13 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 8

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I also sometimes need someone to talk to, I mean, someone who really understands what struggles and battles are like, but can I just say to all of you on this website, you give me...
    imasecretdisaster imasecretdisaster 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I don't even know where to start. Everything with my life just seems wrong right now, I'm in my early twenties which I know is young but sometimes I feel like my life is melting...
    MsTML MsTML 22-25, F 14 mins ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I don't even know where to start. Everything with my life just seems wrong right now, I'm in my early twenties which I know is young but sometimes I feel like my life is melting...
    MsTML MsTML 22-25, F 12 mins ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Hello, I am a 45 year old male who has been married for 21 years this coming August. Over the past few years our marriage has gone downhill in a bad way. I worked at the same...
    musictrucker musictrucker 41-45, M 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I bend one that won't cheat on me and won't use me for my money and I do intend on being mean sometimes if ppl get on my **** list. And I won't cheat on u with other girls. And if...
    stanmagicman2 stanmagicman2 13-15, M 22 mins ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Posting this experience again since I didn't get the kind of advice I hoped for, before you read this is what they told me. 1= spend time with my cousins if their around that age...
    Thatchick93 Thatchick93 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    How do I believe my wife after what I have found I am going to post two as she says "Stories" I have found over the last week about her and her co-worker. The first one I found was...
    mcanant8 mcanant8 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 10

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I would date a friendly turtle with no shell if it told me I was smart, laughed at my jokes and paid to get my hair done.
    nhammoud nhammoud 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    A few weeks ago I went on a retreat with my Catholic Church up to the mountains and even though it was just for two days and there were 20 other people there, I felt so relaxed...
    nellyisawolf nellyisawolf 13-15, F Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have a lot of anxiety around people of authority. I am absolutely terrified of giving presentations which will definitely impede on my goals in life. The solution: systematic...
    danii92 danii92 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I've been guarded my entire life, I want to be liked so I've become what people want me to be. I feel like I lost myself and I'm just a hollow shell right now. I want someone to...
    nyc441010 nyc441010 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 5 Responses Apr 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Single at 43 never been engaged or married. Unwanted. I saw alot of guys I liked but none noticed me. They noticed others instead. I realised I'm boring. I don't wear high heels...
    Myalee Myalee 41-45, F Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Single at 43 never been engaged or married. Unwanted. I saw alot of guys I liked but none noticed me. They noticed others instead. I realised I'm boring. I don't wear high heels...
    Myalee Myalee 41-45, F Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 8

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I just need to vent. I do not need anyone to respond I do not want anyone to say it's ok or everything is fine I just need to vent vent vent and get it ALL out. So this morning I...
    funsnowgal funsnowgal 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 15

    Your Response

    Cancel
    AFC started back to the old separatist disputes . April 14 -16, AFC Annual Review Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur , including the most heavyweight Board meeting . However, all...
    fifacoins123 fifacoins123 22-25, F 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I am so excited to find a place where I can actually express my atheist ideas, questions and comments. I'm so tired of walking on egg shells and trying not to be too offensive...
    deprogramme deprogramme 51-55, F 5 Responses 21 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I probably have some kind of abandonment issues. I’ve always put my worth in boys. I don’t know how to stop. They’ve always been something that I think has to be essential in...
    somethingorother585 somethingorother585 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 29

    Your Response

    Cancel
    So me and my best friend are very close. We treat each other like siblings. We talk every day, and we're usually all about having a great time. Yet, lately, we've seemed to be...
    Confused8816 Confused8816 22-25 Mar 29

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's pathetic and sad at the same time. I'll start off with the most important point and the thing that keeps me up at night about him. He has a son and I really don't think idiots...
    mahnouls mahnouls 16-17 1 Response 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When I’m stressed or in emotional pain, I need physical comfort. A hug, a gentle kiss, a compassionate touch. But my man, he’s the complete opposite…When he’s stressed and...
    dragonflEYEfly dragonflEYEfly 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 27

    Your Response

    Cancel
    After I lost my match, I wandered into the greens, as if being engulfed by the lallangs that surround me. Finding a lone corner I sat, and failed miserably at fighting my tears. It...
    prettybr0wneyes prettybr0wneyes 13-15, F Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I really don't know why I haven't been thinking this.. But now these days you always see people getting into relationships and sometimes you kinda get jealous because you wish that...
    drs0307 drs0307 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 9

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Sometimes being in a relationship is so hard. I work a long day drive straight home to let out his dog, our dog, whatever. Then I clean, and then I cook, and then I'm exhausted...
    janethinks janethinks 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I don't do it to be rude, although it might seem like it. But usually, it's because whatever you're talking about has gone past the point of what I understand, and I don't want to...
    JennilynnCeleste JennilynnCeleste 31-35, F Mar 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Life is cruel sometimes but you have to push through- you'll be all right :) People have bullied me and hurt me before- and it still greatly impacts my self-esteem today. But you...
    calmingmelody calmingmelody 13-15, F Mar 27

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I try to join this EP for looking a friend who really can understand each other and share everything about life. I have been try to find a friend at my place but some of them abuse...
    zemya zemya 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 31

    Your Response

    Cancel