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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 25

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    But then I would not be

    where I am now. :-)
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response a week ago

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    YungDarthVader YungDarthVader 16-17, M 3 Responses Jan 3

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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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Apr 15

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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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    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 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 Feb 20

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    Sorrow. Grief. Regret.

    Depression. Loneliness. Sadness. Desperation. Emptiness. Frustration. Despair. If I had known then what I know now, would I feel exactly the opposite of these feelings?
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    Life doesn't stop, it doesn't wait.

    You can't take things back. You don't get a re-do. It's one shot, one kill! I would have worked harder. I would have tried harder. I would have waited. I would have listened more. I would have tried everything I thought of and not worry about regret. I would have loved and...
    SashaAmazon SashaAmazon 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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    There are days when I do not want to speak

    because even articulating the simplest words becomes very difficult. What I feel between my chest is pure suffering beyond words. To put it simply in the most common language nowadays: THEN: 😀 NOW: 😭
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 16

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    If I knew that leaving you to follow my dream

    would make me miserable, I could have just stayed with you until you were the one to leave me. I wish I had a time machine to make different choices. This dream has not been worth chasing after all because I've lost you and I've realised too late that you've been my dream-come...
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 13

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    I'm cleaning up my circle,

    no offense to some of you, I am truly sincerely sorry if you had toxic or Narcissistic parent(s). I had been thinking about the probably and possibility of this and have had the same observations and experience with fellow EP members who are in similar phase of our lives. And a...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 12

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    Do break ups in general just make you feel

    ******? Even if your doing well.
    laurelist laurelist 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 10

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    if I knew what I know

    now life will be fill of enjoyment and I would be rich
    pamela28 pamela28 46-50, F Mar 22

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

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    A broken arm is painful

    and it cannot write well. A broken leg is also painful and it cannot walk straight. How painful is a broken heart and yet it still can beat?
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Today I took a long walk to clear my mind

    but on the way back home tears brimmed in my eyes at the regretful thought that we could've been still together until now had I not left. The sight of couples happily holding hands passing me by sadly made me realise once again that if I knew then what I know now our fingers...
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 15

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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've just kicked my passive aggressive

    boyfriend out an it's so hard but I've told him to stay away I packed his bags left them outside when I realised I couldn't take anymore my children an friends were telling me he was what he is but of course I played the too an frow game thinking it was me going mad all them...
    crazycakes1 crazycakes1 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 19

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    The sky is grey. The sun is eclipsed.

    Flowers are pale. Grasses are dead. This is spring without you.
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    You ******* delusional

    and faking liar!I am a psycho?! At least I am not that pathetic as you."I want to get married!i want kids" **** you!you think women for you just to be a birth giving machine ??
    lesliechen lesliechen 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 16

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    If i would have known how to fight

    when i got my *** beat, than i guess i would have never learned how to fight haha but i would have liked to have avoided humiliation
    ForeverJashinist ForeverJashinist 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 3

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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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    "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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    If I knew then what I knew now,

    how would I ever learn and grow? How would I be taught the lessons life has to offer? I am here now where I am because of my past life experiences. I wouldn't know what I want or expected from life.
    Orchidspetals Orchidspetals 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 15

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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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    Would have sought nature.

    Not disabled medications.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Mar 22

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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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    I have been in a long distance relationship

    for almost 2 years now and going through a divorce also. I am so tired of feeling depressed when my bf leaves. Only get to see him 5 days every 2 months!! I need a man close to me now that is here and now!!
    Anne125 Anne125 46-50, F 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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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 2 days ago

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    How did we end up here?

    two month ago,we were the one for each other,we shared everything together,but now,we treat each other as enemy.we all try our best to hurt each other.it hurts.
    lesliechen lesliechen 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 4

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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 2 Responses a week ago

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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
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 10

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    I was wondering if I could get opinions of a

    poem I just came up with to show a girl. Someone: Someone to talk to Someone to listen To hold To feel Can't find this someone They must be lost away Some other place maybe But not here, today Someone to care for Someone to hear To understand how I work To...
    32CodyAC 32CodyAC 13-15, M Mar 14

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    omg exactly. i believe id be

    so much happier.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    I'm working today. It's being a week

    since **** hit the fan. I don't understand after not crying for days. I'm finding myself dealing with it better at home than work. But at home I crave being out. Work reminds me how after a year I didn't learn the right lesson of leavening people that don't value you. It makes...
    laurelist laurelist 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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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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    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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    Truly, time spent away from you

    or without you is time wasted.
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    I had flown a thousand miles away from you to

    selfishly reach a teenage dream and you had selflessly encouraged me to go for it all along. Now that we are continents apart regret fills me every second of every minute of every hour of every day why I had ever left, as much as regret fills you every moment why you had never...
    LeeLooLeeLoo LeeLooLeeLoo 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 14

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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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    Although I wish this,

    I know it would change everything. Even the smallest of choices affect the present, so I wouldn't want to go back and change it. I'll learn things when it comes time to. (:
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 4 Responses 20 hrs ago

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