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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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    I see all these younger kids (15 - 30),

    and some of the responses they have to the pains in their lives. Some of you out there have some real wisdom in your young age. I am a late bloomer in almost every way, and I am somewhat envious or jealous of you for the wisdom and experiences you've gained. But I do not...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 2 Responses Jun 22

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    Do not try to be pretty.

    You weren’t meant to be pretty; you were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just “pretty”
    Giia Giia 13-15, F Jun 14

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    This is true. But I've realized that

    if we knew then what we know now, after the fact, then we would have missed out a lit if valuable experience. At least for me, I know that I wouldn't have grown and matured if I haven't gone through what I have. And in such a short amount of time. But that's the process. We need...
    AquariusLife AquariusLife 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 2

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    You asked me to write a tune All about the

    things that go wrong And then you asked me to come home soon To the place where I belong But you stand on the other side Of the line in this place And you can't see me, you are blind And this you can fake No, this you can fake. And sometimes, sometimes I wanna be I...
    KortneeAnne KortneeAnne 26-30, F Feb 5

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    My boyfriends family hates me

    and what's worse is I have no family.
    Fubar1206 Fubar1206 36-40, F 1 Response May 28

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    Boy Do I Ever :)

    Lesson 1 – Listen to your heart. My mom always made decisions with her heart, my Dad nahh not so much.  He was more the practical one, while I have a mixture of both I wish in my younger years I would have listened to my heart more instead of always choosing  what I thought...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002 46-50, F 6 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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    brokenbecauseofhim brokenbecauseofhim 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 7

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    I've made major mistakes in the past.

    I feel like I'm stupid for not realizing the consequences before I did them. I know I was young and dumb but I still takes a toll on me. I was a huge liar and I've changed but people still can't really trust me, I don't understand why.
    BabyJayy BabyJayy 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    Back when I was 19 and first got pregnant.

    .. I wish I had known that was no reason to leave my hometown and get married. I wish I had known my baby would pass away after 6 weeks of life. I wish I had known having another child wouldn't fix anything between us. I wish I had known our sons death would cause my husband to...
    TMcMillan14 TMcMillan14 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    I wish I could go back in time

    when he said will you marry me?.... The way it was proposed wasn't romantic now that I look back. He said I don't want you as my girlfriend again I want u as my wife! Back then I was like awe.. So sweet. Now it's cause I started to move on with a genuine honest guy who was what...
    carebear1019 carebear1019 31-35, F Jul 7

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    I'm so different now.

    I know that things could've turned out different. I can't keep on going with this hole in my chest. I can't move on from you.
    Gabs96 Gabs96 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Shake It Off

    The day I was released from the treatment centre for my anorexia it was made quite clear to me that as a condition of my release I would need to receive ongoing treatment through an outpatient facility. I tried to put off outpatient care for as long as possible--which was about...
    takethesebrokenwings takethesebrokenwings 22-25, F 8 Responses Sep 25, 2010

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    My Golden Summer

    In the summer of 1996 the whole of England was swept-up in the euphoria of the Euro '96 football championships, the Atlanta olympics were in full-swing, the Spice Girls had their first chart-topping hit and I was a 23 year-old university graduate about to begin a brand new...
    CosmoLang CosmoLang 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 14, 2012

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    Slow Grower

    I feel like at times I am slow at growing. I feel like although I know that I am a certain age, I don't share the experiences that some of my peers have had. I am not trying to judge them or myself or compare our lives. But I was just thinking to myself - Is this where I am...
    Shoutittotheworld23 Shoutittotheworld23 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    I wouldn't have gotten my hopes up

    for anything involving someone I didn't know or trust or give some people the chance to know me... Oh well, live and learn
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F Mar 27

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    The book knowledge was always there

    if I'd searched for it, but I thought I knew it all and didn't need to. Only by experiencing life have I really internalized the lessons and gained the knowledge. Others may learn by being told, I seem to have to touch the hot stove to learn!
    LookingForSoMuchMore LookingForSoMuchMore 51-55, M 1 Response May 15

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    To Change Or Not To Change

    Sometimes I think if I knew then what I know now . I could have a different life . Not so many hard times and heartache .I could have avoided so many tears and fears . But then I realize because of these hard times  hard lesson fought and learned , I am the person I am today...
    softkitti softkitti 22-25, F 66 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    Ryanholmes20375 Ryanholmes20375 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 27

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    My mum died on the 19th of last month.

    She had a brain aneurysm which caused a huge hemorrhage. It was instant and painless.. Although, no matter how much you tell yourself that, the hurt doesn't stop.she was only 54, waaay too young. I just wish that we knew she was going. I know it would have been hard, but we...
    supertamza supertamza 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    I Probably Wouldn't Be Me

    If I had known that burying it deep down would only mean it will come back years later, I would have tried to sort it out then. If I had known that history does repeat itself until you learn from it, I would have paid more attention. If I had known that depression can kill you, I...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 19, 2012

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    Its sad how people change

    when the Situation becomes more difficult.
    ThisGirlLovesNerds12 ThisGirlLovesNerds12 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    Woulda Coulda Shoulda

    if i could whisper to myself through time i woudl tell myself so many things to do . My life is full of regrets and missed opportunities.... ...i hate when stuff passes me by because i was to slow or to afraid , and sometimes to scared to do anything at the time.. ...note to...
    redgone redgone 31-35, M 11 Responses May 7, 2008

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    My life would be different

    and most likely better. But oh well, what's done is done. No point in moping about it.
    esmer2496 esmer2496 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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    We live in a cruel world

    and sometimes in life you will get hurt. There are going to be some people that you will come across in life that aren't so nice. Some people will use you, abuse you, betray you, lie to you, cheat on you and it hurts. I didn't really understand and experience that until a few...
    SheAlwaysBelieved SheAlwaysBelieved 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I Wish I Knew ...

    As a child not to be so shy ... And not to be afraid to be me ... I wish I knew I were good enough to fit in ... As a teenager not to be in such a hurry to grow up . And not to value attention as self worth I wish I knew boys could wait As a young adult I learn about life...
    CMA1234 CMA1234 46-50, F 5 Responses Feb 11, 2012

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    I wish I knew she had liked me

    before I let her go, she left before I could say anything now I really regret it, it took me to long to speak, now she's so far away from me.
    ForeverMe88 ForeverMe88 13-15, M Jul 19

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    the older you get the more you look back at how

    foolish you use to be and think " wow how could I have been so stupid or naive " you learn things over time. everything is a life lesson even the little things we go through. 💕
    dimeee dimeee 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    I took this site to make me realize

    that I'm not the only one who has the same problems as I do.
    FoxxyGrandma FoxxyGrandma 36-40, M Jul 5

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    when i was five i realised i loved boys,

    but then my family forced me back to reality, so i liked girls, but if i'd realised how much of me i'd really miss out on, i would have lived who i was, and bugger the result. Too late now, I'm fifty. Don't waste your chance to be who you really are
    beardruid beardruid 51-55, M 2 Responses May 13

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    The Unknown

    life is filled with unknowns. where the hell is my magic 8 ball ? How different would my life be if I would have taken another road? I undoubtedly took the wrong wrong road. If someone would have told me back then what would happen, I wonder if I would have listened. myself being...
    hartleybroken hartleybroken 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 16, 2010

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    I Wish I Could Turn The Clock Back

     I have really messed up my life over what I thought was a good idea at the time. I feel trapped and have no job, home or money. I need to get out of this situation before it’s too late. I so badly wanted a relationship and hated being single for so long. It’s...
    katie31 katie31 31-35, T 5 Responses Jul 4, 2010

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    Regrets

    I've always loved to watch a good interviewer sit down and talk to a seasoned celebrity or honored individual who never does interviews. One question that inevitably comes up is, "Do you have any regrets?"I know I do.  I've made disasterous career moves--and sometimes, on the...
    Endomorph Endomorph 46-50, M 5 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    I wish I could go back to my school years

    and give myself a better education. I didn't do as well as the potential I had. I wanted to go to university and become a veterinary nurse but instead my ex boyfriend messed my teenage years up and I ended up struggling in life, even now considering going back into education...
    shannen4 shannen4 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    If I was smarter then,

    I never would've left you. I was stupid, just as stupid as he was. It's amazing that we were still able to be friends even years after the situation. I know we were young, but even then I knew you were someone worth knowing, loving, and caring for. I wasted 3 years of my life...
    PixieStixs PixieStixs 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    To know JUST what she'd done to me,

    wouldn't stop there...
    GreenManley GreenManley 18-21, M Jul 7

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    I wish I remembered the abuse my family put me

    through when I was younger so I would not have trusted them and almost lost my life. I wish I didn't repress anything that happened, I wish I had always known. I trusted my siblings so much, I told them so many secrets of mine that they now use against me...i wish I knew, and...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Jun 12

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    Bored

    In collage right now ;) break soon!!
    rosie1995 rosie1995 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2013

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    I wish I knew Jesus like I do

    now life would of been so much better
    tgn123 tgn123 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 28

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    "We accept the love we think we deserve" I've

    heard this over And over again and only now appreciate it. <3
    guessitsjustmexo guessitsjustmexo 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    I look happy on the outside.

    always making joke and laughing but inside I'm the opposite feeling sad and hurst want to express it but can't.does anyone feel like that too
    katybrown406 katybrown406 16-17, F Jun 12

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    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    It's annoying looking back

    and thinking oh my god why didn't i do this and that!?! etc But then again we wouldn't learn and develop if we didn't take risks or made any mistakes... I don't have any regrets but i do wish things were done differently! I wish I done things differently socially and I wish I...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    I wish I knew then how to turn it off.

    How to leave them alone. I let our little fling go on way too long. I should have nipped it in the bud when I saw the signs but I thought I could change, and maybe hold on to my feelings for once. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to have feelings for someone. I think...
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    I **** in the public pool

    and they were all floaters!!! Score!!!!!!!!!!
    mcfartcloud mcfartcloud 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 6

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    Tym wasted is neva gained!

    I miss you more dan you will eva know :-(
    nickayla nickayla 31-35, F 1 Response May 28

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    Why do we get scared?

    I fell in love. Wait, let me rephrase that: I'm in love. And I'm quite sure that this time, as cliche as it might sound, it's forever. There you go, most probably the most common sentence you have heard from all over the globe. But I'm dead serious, I don't think there is a...
    ditasurachmad ditasurachmad 26-30, F Dec 26, 2013

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    But would it have helped?

    ?? Maybe. Would have stayed homeless longer. And never gone on disability. And disowned my dad before now. And maybe found a mentor. With no med causing brain damage. And my gun rights intact. But. EP Link
    converted converted 46-50, M Jun 8

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    There's just one thing I would change.

    I would have stayed home the night of January 15th.
    VerucaRose VerucaRose 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 26

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    I'm not perfect, but

    if would have known what know now, I think I would be more than able to defend my self from all the scars he left behind
    karabearyayy karabearyayy 16-17, F Jun 6

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    Ahh, If Only

    If I knew then what I know now, I would have certainly done more, would have took all I could, stayed longer, payed more attention, and would have declared, "Again!"
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 26, 2013

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