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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 1 Response Jun 22

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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

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    zacsepiclycool zacsepiclycool 16-17, M Oct 25

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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

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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 2 Responses Nov 25

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    The two women that I recently mentioned in

    posted stories are on my mind again but not like before. The one that I had thought left, was only on vacation and returned Monday and the other one told me yesterday that she is leaving the first week of December. I only want to remain friends with them cause I know how foolish...
    NightwolfBlackheart NightwolfBlackheart 26-30, M Nov 12

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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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    smoothiescot smoothiescot 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 16

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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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    How was I so stupid to think he actually loved

    me and cared about me at all....
    tigersfan195 tigersfan195 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 5

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    I just broke up with my boyfriend this morning.

    I loved him more than I have loved anyone and our relationship was so amazing. He was so sweet, loving, and kind. He was always there for me. Regardless, deep down, I felt like I really did not fully have his heart. This morning, I told him I did not want the relationship...
    sarajevo1214 sarajevo1214 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 14

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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 hr ago

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses Nov 8

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    Spouse addicted to prescription drugs going on

    7 years. I'm ready to leave him. I can't stand it anymore. The mood swings - him acting inappropriate. Feeling so lost. ;(
    bajelli bajelli 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 26

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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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    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

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    manders86 manders86 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 6

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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 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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    I just like to have fun,

    no censorship, no stupid pop up adds. Just write about true stuff that happens when the lights go out... If you know what I mean ;-) I also like to talk and play in the community over at secreterotica . com It's fun and friendly, no pop up adds. Totally free The library is...
    lucylollipop lucylollipop 26-30, F Nov 14

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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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    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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    "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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    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

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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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    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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    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

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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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    Almost 8 years .... for 6

    and half of those years you told me you were someone else. A story that created a different identity for you; but now all I can think about is each time you lied to protect and preserve that identity. Will I ever be able to get past it? I'm lost in the lie and my life is...
    tryingtogetbacktome tryingtogetbacktome 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 3

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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 3 Responses Nov 29

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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

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    It was a harmless weekend on vacation with a

    few friends of mine. We didn't plan on meeting anybody but I met some one. He was me in the opposite sex. We had so much in common such as humor and we liked the same things. He was so loving he held me like nobody else did before. It was good looking too. Before I left that...
    adeenest adeenest 13-15, F Oct 26

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    I wouldn't have responded at all.

    I would have stuck to my normal behavior and not answered. I wouldn't have liked you at all and I would have listened to my gut instead of shoving my head up my ***.
    Jennerrous Jennerrous 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 5

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    I just broke up with my boyfriend this morning.

    I loved him more than I have loved anyone and our relationship was so amazing. He was so sweet, loving, and kind. He was always there for me. Regardless, deep down, I felt like I really did not fully have his heart. This morning, I told him I did not want the relationship...
    sarajevo1214 sarajevo1214 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 14

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    ashley2803 ashley2803 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 5

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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

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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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    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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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    I got married too soon too a woman I knew

    when we were both younger...than she started the mental abuse.Telling me things like I need too save for gastric bypass surgery cause it's the only way I will ever lose weight.She controls my money.Questions every dime I spend.And I have caught her talking too an ex boyfriend...
    feelslost37 feelslost37 36-40, M Dec 11

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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 7 Responses Nov 16

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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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    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

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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 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 15

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