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I Sometimes Need to Retreat Into a Shell

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 354 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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ...

    ...today has been one of those days.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The social experiment that was the pack of misfits I'd invested so much of my efforts into has evolved against my comfort. "Retreat", "**** 'em, Reassert your independence", "Walk...
    s0undgarden s0undgarden 16-17, M Apr 15

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    Im from Ohio but i make sure to get sea shells every time I go to the beach. I absolutely love the ocean and shells and the beach. I have shells from Myrtle Beach, Cancun, Cozumel...
    katie3401 katie3401 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Nothing lies beyond this room. The entire world is a void. Everyone living in it are nothing more than shattered shells of their pasts. What they used to be, what people did to...
    BlakeUndefined BlakeUndefined 18-21, M Apr 6

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    I found a bag of sea shells in an arts and crafts tote in the closet today. I dumped them all out and I felt content inhaling the scent of the salty ocean on the shells. My hands...
    TheEnduringSunrise TheEnduringSunrise 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    I am going on a retreat in May with my amazing cousin who is a spiritual healer, teacher, life coach, among other things! She is the sister I never had, daughter of my favorite...
    BeautifulAbigail BeautifulAbigail 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    Me and my mother don't get along well. I have had to run away from home because of the emotional and sometimes physical abuse I would get from her at home. I don't know if I hate...
    Googlesuckscock Googlesuckscock 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I really need someone to lean on and cry. Im about to burst. Im so lonely. Anyone? Please?
    XenoJJames XenoJJames 13-15, M 5 Responses 1 hr ago

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    This morning, like he has every morning for the last decade, my 86-year-old grandfather picked a fresh wild flower on his morning walk and took it to my grandmother. This morning...
    cluemisa cluemisa 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    HELP! I need some advice and it might seem lame and pointless but it's really hurting me and I just need an outside perspective and some real good advice and intuition from people...
    anna24ley anna24ley 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Hi, I'm Abby. I'm currently 17 going 18. I'm from Malaysia. I have a mother and a father. I have two older half-sisters and a half-brother. My father is my mother's second husband...
    abskingggk abskingggk 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 17

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    I posted something like this last time on my other account, but now I feel the need to post it here for a second time because this is really and I mean REALLY getting on my nerves...
    MegaManZero97 MegaManZero97 16-17, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    If someone likes you, and you find out you don't reciprocate those feelings, have at least some decency to be kind about it. I mean, some girls don't whine and give a damn care if...
    Seaspiritaria Seaspiritaria 13-15, F Apr 3

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    "It's easy to take off your clothes and have sex. People do it all the time...But opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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    I want to die and not live in this hairy shell
    ghost7777777 ghost7777777 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Ever loved so much that you could literally do just about anything and better yet believe whatever bullshit was told to you? I've been there and i think a part of me still does...
    Duzi Duzi 18-21, F a week ago

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    I need a place to vent and have no one to really talk to about anything. So I figured instead of writing down my feelings into a journal or on a piece of paper I thought maybe I...
    allthatglitters101 allthatglitters101 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    Sometimes its just better to climb into my "bubble" for a bit and just relax and think. Being such a sensitive and emotional person all the time wrecks havoc on my body. So I just...
    orchidangel orchidangel 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    I often wonder why I do this. Today for instance, I had to bring my mother to the ER due to dehydration. When we arrived her body was beginning to go into shock. They admitted her...
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 13 Responses Mar 31

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    Does it ever bother you when someone chooses someone else over you? Does it ever make you wonder whether you knew them at all? Does it make you wonder if you actually matter...
    Kadnascence Kadnascence 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    They are sometimes unpleasant, but I think I need to so I can move forward. Well I wrote about being a gambling addict, and I've done some soul searching stuff, and come to a few...
    kinkysexybabe kinkysexybabe 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 13

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    a lot of the time, I can forget the reasons why. I'm depressed, sure, whatever. I ignore it, force my way past it, don't look at it, don't examine it. But then something happens...
    anata1 anata1 22-25, F Apr 4

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    You know the feeling when you just feel so mad at people for whatever they did. You know what anger is the next level of jealousy anger is above jealousy and this is usually the...
    FriendshipQ FriendshipQ 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 15

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    I bumped into a lot of people I don't want to see. I also cover my face with whatever is next to me Or I just hope in my head by saying "please don't look my way please don't look...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Apr 1

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