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I Think Some Bad Things Can Change Your Life For The Better

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    From Pain To Hope

     I have always been considered a very strong person; the person everyone else looks to for strength when life throws her curve balls.  I have to admit that my most recent, major life event really threw me for a loop!  Do you remember the “Simpsons&rdquo...
    JustBernieGirl JustBernieGirl 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2010

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    An Apple For Teacher

    The year 2012 has been more than a roller coaster ride for me. When I look back at it, I could almost see faerieself crawling most of the time on the steel rails trying to get back in the damn friggin roller coaster cab. health issues - though not completely well but I am in...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 6, 2013

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    My Breakup

    Last year my boyfriend of three years (and best friend of five years) cheated on me with another woman and stayed with her, leaving me as a lover and pretty much as a friend as well. It left me heartbroken then.It was for this that I stopped postponing starting my psychotherapy...
    naranja naranja 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 30, 2011

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    but it has changed my life not only physical but mentally. I think I become this way for many reasons. Some are clear. Others are not. But I do believe everything happens for a reason. This is the path that I'm suppose to be on. God only knows.
    stayingstrong08 stayingstrong08 31-35, F May 20, 2014

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    I'm Not Talking About Extreme Situations Though

    But a lot of things I thought were bad actually made me better. And when I look back I'm grateful for some of those lessons.
    SunnySmile SunnySmile 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2010

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    My Worst Nightmare.

    I remember watching the movie "Awake"and being scared of that happening to me (anesthesia Awareness). I hoped it never would happen, and it did. I woke up during surgery only 8 weeks after watching the movie. It scared me, scarred me, and gave me PTSD. Then, a few years after...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982 26-30, F Jun 17, 2012

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    I'm Like A Butterfly...

    At times...I'm like a butterfly caught inside life's net...and it feels like there is no escape for me when these particular moments occur. I've had a lot of these moments over the past year. Life can be simple...yet so incredibly complicated. People fall in love and live life...
    KassieKat KassieKat 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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    Lost

    Recently divorced looking for a way to make it back out into life, not really sure how to do anyone have any advice?
    Lotis1 Lotis1 51-55, M Nov 10, 2013

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    Character Growth Requires The Essential Shockwaves (good And Bad!)

    It's a proven psychological concept that we are a product of our experiences. This in itself seems to make a whole lot of good ol' plain common sense. Yes true we go through experiences that shapes our frame of reference and dictates (or at least influences) the way we react to...
    JHPK JHPK 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 3, 2011

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    The Reason Why....

    I believe bad things happen for a reason. One day all the puzzle pieces will come together and you will understand why.
    carolinagirls carolinagirls 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 13, 2013

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    Yes like my control freak ex-wife divorcing me

    for another man ending a controlling sexless marriage I was hating, but afraid to end it myself. I thank her for her cold heart, and my new freedom!!!!
    wjk1849 wjk1849 46-50, M Mar 29, 2014

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    Unexpected Episodes Of Exponential Potential

    I learned a major lesson this week: Sometimes, a tragedy is an opportunity in disguise. So, the last week has been pretty much one of the worst ever. (This could be considered the sequel to my other story, "Give 'em Enough Rope...).  For those who don't know the back story, I'll...
    BrokenBear BrokenBear 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 22, 2012

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    Most Bad Things

    Bad things are- let's face it- BAD. No one enjoys them, everyone dreads them, and we all sometimes just wish bad things didn't exist. But I think what we forget or don't realize at all is the positivity that often stems from bad things. When we go through something bad, it...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 21, 2011

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    It's All In Your Perspective

    I remember about 8 years ago when I was diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus. Needless to say, this seemed like a really bad situation to me. After all, it means that although I may not die quickly, I still could eventually see an unhappy ending in my life. Next I found out that...
    cclay1358 cclay1358 51-55, M Sep 1, 2011

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    All Bad Things

    I've always walked away from a bad situation with more knowledge never less. It may take me some time before I figure out what it is I learned, but I always learn something. Whatever it was that happened might have hurt like Hell, but when time passes and you learn to deal with...
    shellzz shellzz 18-21, F Mar 22, 2013

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    I Would Not Have Survived

    It sounds weird to say this, but I am glad my dad was so tough on me. I am positive I would not have survived my life if he had raised me to be a little wuss. Granted, he didn't have to break bones to get his point across!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    The bullies taught me to stand up for myself. Her death taught me not to take people for granted. My depression helped me to become a stronger person. The divorce proved to me I...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    There are a lot of bad things that were blessings and more importantly learning experiences for me. Knowledge and growth are always blessings in itself.
    Shannon87 Shannon87 26-30, F 13 hrs ago

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    I believe every single book changes your life. Maybe not like noticeably or anything but like it could change your view on certain things in life or make you believe in something...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Everyone who has ever came into my life have left an impact on my life. People do indeed come into your life for a reason.
    Shannon87 Shannon87 26-30, F Feb 7

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    I've always felt that people come into your life for a reason. I just wish I could figure it all out. Very frustrating, everything just feels incomplete, a loose end.
    TheLittleDreamer TheLittleDreamer 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I...
    tiya78 tiya78 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I think the ones written by Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey have changed my life.Though I still think the way I should not ,I am in a position of strength.
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    Not bad as in horrific. Just bad as in lost all respect for myself. How does that change
    kirsty56 kirsty56 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Exactly! And at times, I know know why. But it's definitely a blessing to experience good people in your life, and a lesson to experience the bad ones.
    NaomiSunJourney NaomiSunJourney 31-35, F Feb 8

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    There are times in your life when your path crosses with someone who is exactly what you were looking for. Another person who knows who you need them to be to bring out your own...
    SouthernBelle81 SouthernBelle81 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I say an old one. called The Alchemist. Cause it taught me that the world can't be straight forward, it acts it details subtly but visible, but ignored by us.
    dyingwish dyingwish 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I think there is a design to life. I don't mean predetermination or anything, but I believe what we do now echoes in eternity. There is a reason man dominates the other species...
    Rovigatti Rovigatti 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    “I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet...
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 22 Responses Feb 9

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    Most of the time people come into your life to teach you something. Sometimes you learn something without knowing it. They teach you through experiencing something.
    planter715 planter715 51-55, M 4 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I, too, believe that people come into one's life for a reason. But I come to wonder, do they also leave for a reason? If they die, does that have to do with you, too? Or is it all...
    sotsiouri sotsiouri 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    Some of you may know that I am a published author, but know that I am not an editor when you read this - I am clearly writing this as a journal entry. I really have met some...
    LanaKane101 LanaKane101 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    MY VISION OF THE UNIVERSE, LIFE AND GOD. The universe and life are the most logical and rational manner of existence of reality, and it is precisely what happened. While life is...
    DiegoSMarinho DiegoSMarinho 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    I wouldn't say "everyone" but some people when they come into our lives, they turn our thoughts, mindsets, the very way in which we live......around. Here on EP I have made...
    BeyondIllusions BeyondIllusions 56-60, F 6 Responses Feb 14

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    There are times when you meet people who just totally shake your existence. You just wonder whether the You that you believed really did exist, did you really resolve this issue or...
    trAnSyLvanIanconcuBinE trAnSyLvanIanconcuBinE 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I've met a couple on here by chance and one has helped me through my real bad dark times. Star thank you. I belive or would like to hope I'll meet more people like her. I've had...
    Averageguy41074 Averageguy41074 36-40, M Feb 10

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    HARRY POTTER<3 tfios, hunger games, Percy Jackson, looking for Alaska, the perks of being a wallflower
    ellajade ellajade 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    Everyone I have interacted with in my life has left there mark. Whether a fleeting second of words and looks, a smile or something more, people leave their impression in ways you...
    Superficialsaint Superficialsaint 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    People truly do. I don't try to analyze why but I value or honor such actions. And cherish the moment never taking for granted.
    Averageguy41074 Averageguy41074 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 15

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    If you sit down for a moment and think of all the beautiful moments you've had for the past time, you'll come to the conclusion that these were almost all caused by a random act of...
    Rhyno01 Rhyno01 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 15

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    But thinking about abuse.. Was that even for a reason? :(
    krystalkool84 krystalkool84 26-30, F 27 Responses a week ago

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    dance with me in this agony, dance with me still in this joy.. why we are dancing, and for what we are dancing, it doesn't matter.. when the music stop, we both leaving with...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 12 Responses Feb 12

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    One time I go to a comfy place for a short vacation and I met a person that seems to be good. We talk, we drink and go for a walk. It's a long time for us to talk about what we...
    SuperElla SuperElla 18-21, F Feb 17

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    Life is our Teacher .. People are the lessons that we are being taught ..
    Kheya092 Kheya092 22-25, F 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    Horseshoe.A symbol of Luck of Finding Each Other.I am building a special Pandora bracelet for this year. And I thought of asking the people who have become such a special and...
    KaleidoscopeMoment KaleidoscopeMoment 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 4

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    *COSMIC STARS* I don't know why we came across each other when we did, but I know the cosmic stars aligned for us at that moment. We are two people who don't make promises for...
    KaleidoscopeMoment KaleidoscopeMoment 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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