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I Woke Up Over 40 With No Money, Job, Career Path

This Group Includes People Who Are Starting All Over Again Later in Life 45 People

    40: Working, But Broke

    Never, ever, ever thought this could be possible for me or any other college grad. After a a round of layoffs during the Recession, I now work full time in my chosen field. The problem is that wages are lower than I would have expected pre-recession and food/housing/energy...
    bigkidsitter bigkidsitter 66-70 1 Response Jul 6, 2013

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    I see many different stories and I am sure that they are all very important to you guys in some way. I am glad that EP is still up and running, sometimes it is hard to find someone...
    Ldar Ldar 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I don't fall in love easily. I don't connect with people easily. My anxiety prevents it. I've moved from job to job and never missed the people in them. I have an amazing fiance...
    glassbox27 glassbox27 26-30, F 2 Responses May 13

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    Beware… long post ahoy! In my opinion the DUI machine is nothing but a cash cow with no real intention of promoting public safety. Before I share my thoughts on this I need to...
    MidnightX2 MidnightX2 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 23

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    This has been a problem for quite some time now, im 19 years turnbung 20 on in a month, i should have a great life, my parents have money, i have friends, i dony see myself as ugly...
    lifeaintshit lifeaintshit 18-21, M May 11

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    There are plenty of careers in middle management. In my field it is hard to find anyone who hasn’t had a divorce. I was blinded by the income partly because I could provide...
    oconnorleah oconnorleah 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    Hello, I am trying my best to obtain funds for a project I want to develop, that wants to help young artists. I am hoping that you are interested in this and you will help us...
    mayaloves2play mayaloves2play 26-30, F 1 Response May 3

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    I worked really hard for the last 4 years and I really need a vacation. In the past 30 days I had just one free weekend and it wasn't the worst part. My personal record stands for...
    Alissson Alissson 22-25, M 1 Response May 10

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    If your first reaction to this statement is condemnation and judgment, you have obviously never been in love with somebody you shouldn’t be. People like to judge nowadays. And I...
    romka romka 22-25 1 Response Apr 30

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    Due to some problem with my visa, I had to go back to China to live with my parents and find work there after studying in the US for two years. During these two years, I made sure...
    LouraMax LouraMax 22-25, F Apr 30

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    I've been working at the same place for almost 3 years now, my first job....first job I ever even applied for. I work as a hair stylist and love what I do and where I am. but...
    shallowbreathxx shallowbreathxx 18-21, F 3 Responses May 1

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    So I just graduated with a sociology degree. I would like to work on building a career in something sociological, maybe environment conservation, or animal activism, social rights...
    HeyThereHeather HeyThereHeather 26-30, F 3 Responses May 2

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    I came across this post, funny right at the time I have to make this decision. My choice is to move to a town 5 hours from my city life, leave a good job to move into a house with...
    Jackson0422 Jackson0422 36-40, F 4 Responses May 6

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    This is my daily life.It's almost been a full year since my car died and I don't have the finances to buy another one.I never could have imagined this would be my life at this age...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 46-50, M Apr 25

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    So my name is Robert, I'm 25 and i currently work at Mcdonalds. But the thing is I want more out of life. I don't want to be working at McDonald's for the rest of my life. I have...
    happyguyrak08 happyguyrak08 22-25, M Apr 28

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    I have to leave behind my "family" and "friends". Being is such a small town, they will make u feel as though you are better than everybody else for stuff people do everyday. Small...
    bigdreamssmalltown bigdreamssmalltown 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    There's so many careers out there but I have no idea what I want to do :(. I'm scared of not figuring it out and then being stuck in a job I hate forever. No thanks not for me...
    epsarah94 epsarah94 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 23

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    This is my life. He just got a new job and found out today that he had lied about calling his old boss and talking to him about quitting. Before yesterday he lied about using his...
    armstrong7984 armstrong7984 31-35, F 1 Response May 9

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    I've been needing to say this out loud for a long time now and I have never had anyone to talk to. I can't even talk to my best friend about it. I met my husband when I was 17...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 4

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    My Bithchy MIL Has A Change Of Heart So the last time I shared my story. It was about one of my confrontations with my MIL. How Bitchy she was and what she used to do to me...
    madhomemaker madhomemaker 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2

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    I'm 19 years old and it's been almost a year since I graduated high school. I remember having plans to at least attend the nearby community college, start investing my time into...
    WardenChult WardenChult 18-21, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I'm 19 years old and it's been almost a year since I graduated high school. I remember having plans to at least attend the nearby community college, start investing my time into...
    WardenChult WardenChult 18-21, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I had my Zodiac charts calculated and drawn up manually, a long time ago, by a friend of mine who was studying Astrology and the whole Zodiac thing. She wanted to do mine, not only...
    RobertaS RobertaS 36-40, F 1 Response May 14

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    I am in an untraditional marriage, my partner and I are of the same sex, female. Right now Beth, she is 13 years old. I could go on and on here about the circumstances that brought...
    wetsec1 wetsec1 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    This is my experience which I shared with my friend named Diag(Not a real name), I like her but it not the other way around, but I am about to get engage to some other girl in my...
    justsharingagain justsharingagain 22-25, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I lost my talent. It was misery. I was an expert in misery, writing to strangers worldwide giving advice and flawlessly understanding their situations and what they could do about...
    cloudsoflife cloudsoflife 26-30, M May 5

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    You Are not alone. I know how you feel and I know what it is like when those thoughts and feelings creep in. Remember, we actually don't have to believe everything we think. Due...
    mariayoga mariayoga 31-35, F 1 Response May 14

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    I want to begin my story where the trouble began. On June 23, 2010 my mother had a stroke. I was very upset. I came to the hospital and broke down but she recovered shortly and all...
    Caspianstorm Caspianstorm 36-40, M May 11

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    I keep having these thoughts, like "I just can't do this," or "I can't survive this, I can't live like this anymore." I feel like I can't go on, so since it seems I have nothing...
    tooyoungtobethisold tooyoungtobethisold 26-30, F May 11

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    No parent is perfect (I know I'm not) but I never for a second in my entire life doubted that my parents loved me. Growing up my parents always put their children first and they...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I've never been good at school. I'm in college now and it seems as though everyone is so ahead of me. I study and try my hardest but I'm not at the level I thought I'd be at. I...
    kuro1234 kuro1234 18-21, F May 8

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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an...
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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 12

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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an...
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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an...
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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an...
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    ⌂ Home Debbie Avatar Debbie ⚙ Forgive my spelling errors (was very hard to write) Also forgive how long winded this is, but fellow FM sufferers can relate to how...
    debbie913 debbie913 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    I have felt like I have carried extra weight on my shoulders for years. I don't know what it is like to feel free and exhilarated.Jobs have depressed me the most in my life. I feel...
    capehope3 capehope3 41-45 3 Responses May 12

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    I read a quote from Albert Einstein, and we have something huge in common, our distaste for school. It seems like all they do is prepare us for tests and exams. Once we take that...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 2 Responses Apr 29

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    Well, I don't really "hate" her... A few weeks ago, I flew my stepdaughter in to DC to meet up with my husband, me, my dad, and my stepmom for a week's vacation. I haven't spoken...
    maemaddy maemaddy 31-35 2 Responses May 7

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