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Thanks for the advice. I find that I have a reluctance to disclose about my past family life growing up, due to the dysfunctional nature of what happened. I have been determined to succeed at life; I saw education as my way out and I have been successful at university and in training for a specialist career. I have worked hard to establish a life for myself but I still have a sense of being the outsider looking in, such was the loneliness of my earlier years. I have spent years trying working towards a professional qualification only to find that it was not suitable for me. I am currently working very hard at another university degree to establish myself in another career, so the years are passing by. I feel some shame that I have not had close relationships, as I often look at other people my age and they have wives and children. I try hard in life and I guess that is all you can do. I am hopeful for the future but equally fearful.  

roykeane roykeane 31-35 1 Response Jun 23, 2009

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I am 56 and never had a relationship, or ever fallen in love so I understand how you feel.<br />
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I hope that you can find a way to get past what you have been through to find good relationships for yourself.