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I Will Not Let My Past Define Me

A group for all those who choose to look into the future even when it gets hard 49 People

    This Will Be The Most Personal Story I Share Here - Intro

    And it will surely take a long time to complete. But as I write it, I want to work on letting go. My life has gathered many beautiful things inside it, but it has also gathered a lot of pain and suffering. And I have held on to it too long.I make a pact with myself from this...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F Sep 25, 2012

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    You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

    Or so they say... I know my age says I am not old, but in some ways I am ancient.I was brought up in a strange and tense environment. I was an unwanted child, just because I was born a girl. It's true, mom's reasons were so much more different from the ones he had (I will refer...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F Sep 27, 2012

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    Immense Capacity

    I have discovered I have an immense capacity for love. I am like a neverending fountain (as corky as that sounds). What I hadn't realized is that I did not share it with the people who need it and deserve it.I love my mom, but for the past two or so years I had been pulling away...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F Jul 3, 2013

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    My past is dark, cold,

    cruel, un-human as it could possibly could get, at the hands of people called family, their acts of selfishness, abuse and thoughtless ignorance.... once upon a time they stole everything from me, to force me to their ways....stole my innocence, stole my dignity, stole my...
    DarkThornedLilyRose43 DarkThornedLilyRose43 41-45, F Feb 12, 2014

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    Letter To My 1 Year Old Self

    Hi there little one! I know you don't know me, but I remember you. I have kept you locked inside my lungs for years. I have felt your panic over and over, sometimes without even knowing it's yours. I know what it feels like, I know it hurts. I know how confusing it gets and how...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    Religion

    I recently read a story here that stirred a lot of things from my past. I have led a long battle with religion and religious people. I have nothing against religious people as long as they don't try to shove it down my throat. Especially with lines like "you will go to Hell if...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 3 Responses May 30, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    12 month sober from what felt like the most dramatic, painful, irrecoverable 2 years and a half of my life. Yet the worst part is I could have walked away before it got out of...
    ffjpp ffjpp 18-21, F 1 Response 28 mins ago

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    so, just a few words here. you know how love can change people. not love, rather heartbreak. self harm was a part of my past, but thankfully not my future.
    oceanwaffle oceanwaffle 41-45, F 29 mins ago

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    I want to let go of my past I want to let go of all those memories. I want to forget everything so I can move on. I feel so hurt every time I think about things which can never...
    Tofi786 Tofi786 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    I cannot understand the words you say Just as I cannot understand the words you do not say Why are you so very far away from me speaking in my ear? Shine for me and color...
    LadyGallivanter LadyGallivanter 41-45, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I thought I'd take a moment to express a few things with regard to me, who I am and why I am here. First off, I found out about EP totally by fluke in 2012. And I'll say it was a...
    SapioT SapioT 41-45, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    These 20 things are not in any particular order other than whatever pops in my head at the time of writing this 1) People who dont use indicators when driving. One its really...
    tommosuk tommosuk 18-21, M 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    I think older men have the experience to know how to treat a lady, they are sure about themselves and never in a hurry to make themselves satisfied...they usualy wait for their...
    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F 9 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Today I have to work with the person so far I have loved the most aka "my boss". We are working alone today , and we have to constantly help each other... I feel I am almost...
    PurpleMermelade PurpleMermelade 18-21, F 12 hrs ago

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    I am a pastor's kid, and more accurately, I'm a person whose father and older brother happen to be pastors. Truly knowing this somewhat helps take the blame off of myself for not...
    Borg2063 Borg2063 26-30, M 15 hrs ago

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    I think it is so easy these days to loose faith in the human race. I constantly fight not to be jaded and let each experience stand on its one....I want to bring wisdom into the...
    Genergy84 Genergy84 31-35, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    I had a cruel past. Everytime I take a nap, series of fear will awaken me. 2 years ago, I was bullied. It started when I was 6 until I turned 17. I was bullied for 11 years. They...
    lavendermist07 lavendermist07 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    This experience is the very core of who I am. I gave up my very life to do what is right when I was 28. I chose the tough road instead of the easy road. I will tell you that most...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks 41-45, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am 29 I believe I am very Mature for my age well most the time, I also believe I am great at giving advice, I'm a very open and honest person, I don't think it's the age that...
    SassyNclassy04 SassyNclassy04 26-30, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    My mother has always humiliated and sort of abused me emotionally since I was a kid. I was a little tomboyish when I was a child and I grew up in an all-boys neighborhood. Mostly...
    silverpapercut silverpapercut 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I do not like being told to just get over my past, and to just get over the abuse that I have gone through. I don't believe anyone can just get over it. You have to deal with it...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Feelings for this guy just lead to criticism and guilt. And I have the right to feel that way because he's out of my reach and I barely know him completely. I'll still care about...
    gorgeusgirlSky3 gorgeusgirlSky3 13-15 3 days ago

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    You told me you loved me, I wasn't sure if I could give you my heart. You want me to notice you, but take no notice in me. I'm not looking for another horribly unbalanced...
    Cadiaaya Cadiaaya 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    A way I like to consume things. To double, overlap, a technique to gain contextual knowledge, an exercise to be able to deal with confusion and to be prepared in the long run to...
    Annodumbaknee Annodumbaknee 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    Due to my past experiences, I never do someone's work for them or look at my stuff without asking. Last year I thought I met a real girl I can trust. I got to excited when she ask...
    Lizandavan Lizandavan 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    As I was reading this group's post, I noticed that a large bulk of them we letters to loved ones who've pasted away or to love interests...But...uh... what i my letters are not so...
    AzarathRaven AzarathRaven 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    last sunday my OH told me hed decided to spend a few nights back at his folks, as he wasnt sleeping properly, i was completely fine with this as he does need his sleep and for some...
    Ffirebrand Ffirebrand 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I am exhausted at all the people who settle into a life and are not happy saying they give up and will never be happy. Only YOU are in control of your life! It is the decisions YOU...
    wesleyjones wesleyjones 31-35, M 5 days ago

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    I believe this is something more important and healthy than that pat self help technique addicts and co-dependents use to grow strong and free of those things which impinge upon...
    Annodumbaknee Annodumbaknee 36-40, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    For the past 6 months I have been very much in love with a guy who has a long time girlfriend. I would only see him, talk to him, have sex with him and think of only him. I was...
    plusisamust plusisamust 22-25, F Jun 26

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    I cannot forget what others have done to me in the past. I don't necessarily keep beating them over the head with it like others do, but I also sure that the decision to keep me...
    theotherversionofme theotherversionofme 51-55, M Jun 25

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    Night's Gentle Embrace------(author's note: The original "Night's Gentle Embrace" is lost to time. It had appeared on here for a while and was loved by some dear friends lost...
    Elandra77 Elandra77 56-60 1 Response Jun 25

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    Attachments lead to suffering and some are easier to let go of than others. There is no choice in this matter, I can't have want so badly. What are the rewards of letting it go...
    myheaven myheaven 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    I can not change who I am any more than I can change my past nor do I want to. I am who I am because of everything that has happened. As I grow into a better person I know that...
    dacamt dacamt 36-40, M Jun 24

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    My past is full of nothing but depression and horrible thoughts. I used to think that nothing in my life would go right and my whole life I would just always be depressed and that...
    TiredOfBeingHurt TiredOfBeingHurt 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    June 23, 2015 TO MY BELOVED CHILDREN: This letter is written a few years before you guys are born. Everytime I see your father's eyes, I get a vision on how you are going to look...
    WeberFerguson WeberFerguson 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    There are plenty of ways to choose a bridesmaid dress that everyone will love. Silhouette Choose a shape that flatters all of them. It is not an easy task, because some will be...
    flywishes flywishes 26-30, F Jun 22

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    It's obvious but we need reminding of it sometimes. The past is just that, history, over, never coming back however much we want it to. There is no point living in the past, even...
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    I have a success story. I came from a dysfunctional co-dependent example of parents who hated their marriage, were trapped into thinking they could mend what was broken multiple...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 Jun 22

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    I'am a kind of person who doesn't let small small things affect me and i try and move on in life by leaving my past behind and stay focused on my present. If you keep on cribbing...
    Gladtobehere55 Gladtobehere55 22-25, M Jun 22

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    "If you don't like it, log out" blah blah blah. I know. I know, and I agree. Still, I'm going to vent a bit first because it's kind of annoying. Not that people would say that, but...
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 31-35 2 Responses Jun 21

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    Today was no ordinary day. Today I finally said goodbye to the hell hole i once called home. over the past year life has been an utter disaster starting with that house that i...
    cupcakes1995 cupcakes1995 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 20