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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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    Unforgettable love, That needs not be

    forgotten (For that would be an impossible task, anyhow)- Yet that must be Let go of. Set it free, Say goodbye; Know that love lost can always be found within.
    wildf1ower wildf1ower 26-30 7 Responses May 18

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    The once naked trees are

    now cloaked in green leaves and cherry blossoms. The once lifeless grass are now clad with colorful flowers. The once grey sky is now blue and bright. I've never witnessed spring as beautiful as this yet I do not see its beauty for you are not here with me. How could I when you...
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    Playing paper, scissor ,

    rock on skype with your lover sounds so lame . Only Love can turn a grown up into a child... * Perfect moments*
    solongago2 solongago2 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The longer we are away from each other,

    the more I feel that you care less and less for me and that you're losing your feelings for me. I wish I knew then that "Absence makes the heart wander."
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I have found myself, at the ripe age of 45,

    basically homeless with my 9 year old daughter. We are living with my brother while my husband (together 13 years, married for 3) tries to find a job in another town and fix the mess he has caused. At this ripe age, I am now battling to find a job with my very limited skill...
    sallyannw sallyannw 41-45, F 10 Responses Apr 8

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    I wish I knew how indecisive

    and scared of commitment she was before I invested over a year and seven months on her
    addledescent addledescent 13-15, T 2 Responses Jun 10

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    letmeloveurmind letmeloveurmind 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 15

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    It really sucks when you realise

    that the person you always tried to defend and always thought was different turned out to be exactly who everyone was saying he was...you just lose all hope
    AppreciateLittleThingsInLife AppreciateLittleThingsInLife 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    It's my personal experience,

    that it's harder to forgive a friend than an enemy.
    IntrovertGirl99 IntrovertGirl99 18-21, F 7 Responses May 17

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    But, I think I would have still done it all the

    same way. I'm happy with me, and who i am.
    higherminded higherminded 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    I have been foolishly innocent most part of my

    life. Being kind to another human has always been my religion. No matter what they did to me despite all my affection, I do not feel the need to judge them. I will continue to wish them well in life. About me? I exist only in my own world. To others, I am just a 'Thing' - Just...
    deceptiveoutofcloset deceptiveoutofcloset 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 22

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    Awesomenessoverload Awesomenessoverload 18-21, F 8 Responses May 30

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    I wish I wouldn't have married

    so young.. Wish I didn't rush to say yes. My life with you is so miserable and for some reason I'm still here... If I knew then that this is what my life would be with you now, I wouldn't have EVER said yes..
    x3NiNAx3 x3NiNAx3 18-21, F 30 Responses Jun 18

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    In life nothing comes with an instruction

    manual, we can only draw on our own experiences to gain knowledge. I no longer think I have purpose in life, I have Children and a partner and reasonably well off. I am not happy though, within myself I feel like an empty shell and hope I can find someone to relate to on here...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses May 3

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    I understand these choices I've made in life,

    the mistakes, the triumphs, the bonds and the experience all define me. The one thing that I can't understand is the what it's! What if I hadn't been blind too what I had, what if I hadn't walked away. This haunts me a lot! Oh well, if a person never quit when the going got...
    bleedingouttheeyes bleedingouttheeyes 31-35, M 1 Response May 28

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    I met a woman who I fell for,

    I have had sex before and wanted it but for her I was willing to wait till we got married. we were friends for about 6 months and I was being good, I told her I wanted to date her and she said no. we were talking and I thought we were just friends that she didn't share my...
    caer caer 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 4

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    I don't want no man with wandering eyes.

    No man that will keep his ex's around or has female friends. And when i say man i mean husband. And i won't ever date again. It will be called trial period where i interrogate and if you fail you out . Lol.
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 26-30, F 7 Responses May 23

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    The truth is a funny thing.

    Humans are driven to find it. Yet, very often, the truth hurts us. Human curiosity looks illogical when described this way. Really, the drive to find the truth makes sense; it would have been a necessary trait for our ancestors living in harsh environments and looking for...
    DepressedDemigod DepressedDemigod 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I Don't Know How I Am Feeling.

    .. I don't seem to know how i am feeling in this relationship. I don't even know if i like him or not. I don't know what is happening. It been 5 days and i already feel like its crumbling. I hate this feeling. And i don't know how he feels. I don't know where I stand right now. I...
    MayIToo MayIToo 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2014

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    I wish i knew how to love my mom

    unconditionally, i wish i knew the things i know now about her sickness, i wish i knew things what i know now. About relationships I wish i knew my dad earlier the way i know him now... And list goes on!
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jun 23

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    Time has passed and things have changed

    but you still bring back memories that bring tears .I want you to know that this is not a letter of regret or what could have been – I just really needed to get this off my chest. I want you to know that when I miss you like hell I clutch onto my phone desperately in hopes...
    winterfall winterfall 36-40 3 Responses May 30

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    But it's never too late to know,

    to know how to spot a narcissist. In fact I'm getting better at it. Ask them how they are at fault for an interaction gone wrong, they rarely admit fault. They blame others for almost everything including their mistakes - parent(s), for the way they turn out - their partner...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 15

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    I wish I knew then, what I know now.

    .. Wouldn't dive in, wouldn't bow down...
    momstermom momstermom 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    I wish I could talk to my 16 year old self.

    I think about all the things I'd tell her: -Don't move in with that person. You will be hurt. And you will rationalize staying. The bruises will not compare to the psychological damage that will be inflicted upon you. -Heroin will destroy you. Do not be so foolish as to...
    C0deRed C0deRed 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 17

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    A little advice for my teenage self.

    .. Your life is not a romance novel, don't try to turn it into one.
    MrsApple MrsApple 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 11

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    It is my intention that I never give myself to

    you without a significant purpose. And so, if my disposition gives you reason to go astray, please do not re-direct any false inclinations to be close to me again. I am without doubt ruled by emotions that are much stronger than my will to breathe. Free me if the intensity of my...
    PoutingEnigma PoutingEnigma 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 16

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    How was I so stupid to think he actually loved

    me and cared about me at all....
    tigersfan195 tigersfan195 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    Addiction made me ignore the most important

    thing in the world to me. I wish wish wish I knew then that I was wasting the most important year of my life.
    Kimbizz Kimbizz 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    But I know that's impossible.

    Had anyone told me ten years ago, I would have laughed at him. That knowledge could not have been had without living through the consequences and seeing what a deep hole I've dug myself into. I can only hope I won't feel this way about the next ten years of my life, too.
    AndSto AndSto 26-30, M Jun 26

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    paperangel15 paperangel15 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 7

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    Robin68 Robin68 46-50, F 4 Responses May 19

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    A follow-up to my earlier post.

    Not an easy task for most of us, but we must try .. How To Permanently Detach From A Narcissist There is a lot of information already on the internet about the "no contact rule" and how to implement it. The problem is with the passage of time, people develop relationship...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I feel like I never really opened up to my ex I

    never allowed her to see me! I traveled far for us to be together. I don't think I really allowed myself to be myself around her. We only broke up a week ago. We live together. She's getting text from her ex from before. I know I shouldn't be upset but I am. She broke it off...
    itwaslikemagic itwaslikemagic 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    I don't know how much I can take of this.

    Being lonely and having no one to talk to has really got to me. Some days I'm good. But sometimes there comes a time where I just don't want to deal life with anymore.
    AwesomeGuyy22 AwesomeGuyy22 22-25, M 4 Responses Jun 3

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    I wish I knew that you would leave me.

    Then I wouldn't have fallen. I once left but I came back. Why the hęll did I do that. You just hurt me I had to hide me arms at home. I was bruised and scared the one night you said you would protect me and never let it happen again. Why did you break that you left me and he...
    kamikoshion kamikoshion 16-17, F Jun 8

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    My heart is heavy from too many wounds.

    He thinks I am stupid When I confront him on his **** he tells me I'm tripping I need to take my meds I twist **** I'm crazy I'm actually none of those things. What I AM a daughter of God A woman who is intelligent Loyal Thoughtful Strong Non-Judgmental And who cares to...
    revenge4me revenge4me 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 17

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    So many things may have been different

    but would I still be me?
    RocknRollCowboy71 RocknRollCowboy71 41-45, M 4 Responses May 25

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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, 2014

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    Worst feeling when you know your falling

    for someone and you try to avoid them, but you can't stop thinking about them, then you start talking, you both get to know each other more and more. And then that moment you dread, the touchy topic about love comes about, "who do I like?.. Oh it's just this girl I call everyday...
    skdonz skdonz 41-45, M 1 Response May 22

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    I wish I appreciated being innocent

    and carefree when I was in my teens as when you're an adult, your eyes are open more and you learn that the world is corrupt
    EmaHope EmaHope 26-30, F 8 Responses Jun 18

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    I am shackled to your memory

    and I am broken. Everytime I take a step further away from the past, the chain makes metallic noise and stops me on my track. Then I go back into my cell, dark and lonely.
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 5 Responses May 2

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    manders86 manders86 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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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 65 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    "I wish I never liked you.

    I wish I didn't waste all those times talking to you or thinking about you. I wish I didn't worry or cared about all the times you ignored me. I wish I never got excited every time you made me feel special. I wish I never believed every word you said. I wish I never got my hopes...
    TjDee TjDee 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Call me by my name, let me hear it with all my

    heart .I really wish to know what magical sound it will make in my ears -your whisper - I really want to hug you tight as you say my name .. Will your lips quiver and voice shiver or will you simply gaze into my eyes and smile seeing my eagerness to hear my name .. Won’t you...
    winterfall winterfall 36-40 May 30

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    The most difficult part of moving on is the

    devastating thought that you've already had the best but you foolishly let it go and now you know deep inside that you won't find anything better. It makes me feel like an 80-year-old chap (with aching back and rheumatic joints) who knows that the best days of his life had been...
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 22

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