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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Jun 22, 2014

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    Ok I need some guys help,

    ok why is it that when I FaceTime this guy we go back to the days we were good and then 2 days later he won't even speak to me? I don't understand.
    ashley2803 ashley2803 26-30, F Nov 19, 2014

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    My boyfriend has just been sent to prison

    and I don't know if I should wait for him?
    gxmillie gxmillie 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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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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    Wow!! I think that's the understatement of

    forever, for everyone, I mean really isn't like saying hindsight is 20/20? How many time and places can you apply this to your life. I know for me it's more than I can count. All that said, life is too short to worry about the past, so move on and live your life to is...
    DawnR59 DawnR59 51-55, T 1 Response Jan 10

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    At a certain point we need to grow up; we need

    to look inside ourselves for our inner guidance. There are things most human beings know; they just don't want to know them. They know deep down that certain things in their lives are working or aren't working, that certain parts of their lives are functional and others are...
    deephuman deephuman 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I wish I knew to pick a trade/ profession

    earlier in life, now I'm trying to play catch up in a bad economy.
    flyersguy flyersguy 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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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 51-55, M 5 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    I was supposed to feel like this,

    I imagined something greater. What comes now? I seep back into a world that wasn't supposed to be mine, wasn't supposed to hurt this bad, and wasn't supposed to burden my mind. I cry I cry all the time, releasing a pain so great it burns my throat building into a hesitation in...
    DarkSecrets94 DarkSecrets94 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    YungDarthVader YungDarthVader 16-17, M 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I am a 37 year old woman

    who has been married 2 times and divorced. Everything was fine till I met a guy that I use to date in middle school. He was so loving and affectionate that I fell for him right away. Even after the fact he told me he was married. He like every other married man said he was...
    isabelcad361 isabelcad361 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2014

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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...
    aurorabutterfly aurorabutterfly 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 25, 2014

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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 Mar 14, 2014

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    If you could go back in time to the point of

    some of the most regretful decisions of your life...would any of these what you consider to be poor choices be too risky too choose any differently than you did the first time around? There is so much that I want in my life now but there is also so much that I'd never be...
    Bumblelion Bumblelion 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 30

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    If I knew then what I knew now,

    Many would never be hurt..hell I'd save myself some heartache as well. I wouldn't run to the lottery or exploit my knowings..I would give everything a fresh start and try to live completely different, I know that Fate is strange and I wouldn't meet the people I've met but that...
    NickO28 NickO28 22-25, M Jan 9

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    I would have watched The King of Queens first

    run episodes. Thank god for TVland.
    Bumblelion Bumblelion 31-35, M 6 Responses Jan 15

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    I wish I knew then what I know now.

    I wish I knew then that it's good to stand out and be different instead of trying to fit in and be like everyone else. I spent the first 18 years trying to fit in and now I've spent the rest trying to do whatever I can to stand out in the crowd.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Oct 18, 2014

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    Dated a girl after high school.

    Right after ending my 4 year high school relationship, same thing with her. We rebounded with each other and only lasted a few fun months had a lot in common but, we still both loved our ex's. Fast forward to 8 years later, got in touch on facebook. Both married both not...
    flyersguy flyersguy 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    If I could, I would do it all different.

    I wouldn't have wasted 3 years of my life on you just for you to break my heart over and over and over again...
    Heyitscait Heyitscait 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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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 would've changed so many little decisions I

    made. It's really the little ones you make that effect your life on the whole. Should I get my morning coffee before work or go straight in? Do I meet my friends friend tonight or tomorrow ?
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2014

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

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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, 2014

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    Ive done some stupid crap in my childhood,

    and i regret most of it. if i could go back and know what i was doing at those times, id be a lot happier. but im happy with my life right now, i have 3 horses, a job, rooftop over m'head, and a life. if i could go back and relive with a better mind, id be livin my perfect life...
    jackdragon22399 jackdragon22399 16-17, M Feb 15

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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, 2014

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    Clearly, my husband and I are having problems.

    Last night I found out he has been doing drugs behind my back. I'm not sure what to do. I am livid, disappointed and heart broken. We have a baby, and he would rather drop her off at his parents to get high than spend time with her. What hurts the most is he knew that I would...
    IFOS125 IFOS125 22-25, F Nov 30, 2014

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    I don't know what led me here

    but definitely something which i wanted to share with someone as i couldn't contain myself no more. I cant share it with anybody so searched on the internet. Something which started 9 yrs back but only lasted for year and a half, has come again to me. Sometimes you just so very...
    prinkabedi prinkabedi 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 15, 2014

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    Dear god there is much regret.

    So much. Just on this cite. I'm ready to embarrass myself even more whoooo (Argh I was and still AM terrible at explaining myself)
    Cryx Cryx 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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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    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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    smoothiescot smoothiescot 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2014

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    “The only way out of the labyrinth of

    suffering is to forgive.” ― John Green
    Hopeisinme Hopeisinme 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    I was a very dedicated husband,

    father, and happy person. All my life's income went to making others happy. That left me broke, unhappy, alone, and divorced. If I knew I would end up like this after all of my sacrifices, I would had prepared financially better.
    jondilari jondilari 56-60, M 5 Responses Jan 18

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    I do wish I knew, but I don't have regrets.

    ..I have two beautiful adult children from all that heart ache
    heavenlygrace heavenlygrace 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    Im just so tired of life

    that I'm living im in a marriage and get treated like crap. My husband drinks a lot and then in turn yells and emotionally abuses me by saying stuff he knows will hurt me he has cheated and I have forgiven him so many times but our almost 9 yr old is acting out and saying mean...
    halynn halynn 31-35, F 6 Responses Feb 21

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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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    The title of this post says it all.

    I wish I knew then what I know now. I know that I am still very young, and this will probably apply when I'm older, but I can still see just how true it is. When I was younger I always cared so much about each little argument with friends, I always worried about popularity, and...
    Heresmystory Heresmystory 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2014

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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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    He lied to me...for 5 years.

    Maybe I knew it was all too good to be true but I wanted to believe in the best of him. In doing so, I chose to believe a lie. Now I'm bouncing back and forth between blaming him and myself. And all I want is to go to sleep without dreaming of him and wake up and not love him...
    QuixoticShi QuixoticShi 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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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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    There was someone great in my life

    who accepted me for who I am. We lost contact and I never saw how much he did until it was too late. I wish I could go back and say what I needed to, now I feel it's too late.
    lozzenbee lozzenbee 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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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 <