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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-17-2019, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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What did your life look like 10 years ago?


I was just starting sixth form college at 16
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-17-2019, 11:56 AM
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Pretty much the same, with less gadgets, less money, and more responsibilities.

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Pretty much the same, with equal but different gadgets, more money and similar responsibilities. And that's the year I spent on SPW instead of SAS.

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2009 was a year I was made redundant as my old employer went out of business, I remember a good bit of it was spent sitting up half the night drinking & playing computer games, sleeping half the day, gained about 40lbs, that was a good year.






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not sure exactly. either a bit better or a bit worse. in general things felt more volatile. but also a bit more hopeful.

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In and out of the psych unit, a lot of extreme mania, a number of relationships - both in and out of the hospital, arrested for theft, community service.
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I had more problems/addictions back then. Less gray also, and was still posting on SAS.

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I was hanging out in second life all day in a snowy area with a weeb and this girl who I had a shop with, while taking pictures of outfits for a site that was sort of like myspace for sl. Sort of imitating my earliest years on the planet in some ways.
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Was very different first year of uni, moved into halls, was going clubbing/drinking regularly.
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Was thin, healthy, very active. Biking and lifting weights everyday. Running an online sales business and busy with that. I was doing youtube and photography. Wasn't social at all, with no friends or any online social activity. But also a heavy drinker and definitely an alcoholic. I was in my early 20s then so I was younger and dumber.

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Was coming to the end of spending about two years rarely leaving my house. Was extremely depressed and tried shooting up oxycontin for the first time in 2009 after finding out my dad had cancer. It was the start of some very bad times in my life. Looking back now it seems like another life altogether.
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I was in my second year of college. Socializing more and going out more often. Fewer responsibilities, and didn't have much money. But the world seemed more exciting and also more innocent then.

There are definitely things I liked better then but also things I like better now. I think the one of the biggest things I liked better then was everybody wasn't constantly stuck on their phones like now, hardly anyone I knew had a smart phone yet.

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A lot less agency over myself. I was still stuck with abusive controlling nutbags who didn't want me to have a normal life.

I had no money, no car, no way of getting away, and no one to turn to for anything. No one to talk to, and no one who was interested in hanging out with me or dating me. I felt like a non-person. Things are much better now.
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A lot less agency over myself. I was still stuck with abusive controlling nutbags who didn't want me to have a normal life.

I had no money, no car, no way of getting away, and no one to turn to for anything. No one to talk to, and no one who was interested in hanging out with me or dating me. I felt like a non-person. Things are much better now.
That's good. I notice from your postings that you still have a lot of hardship but it's good that you can see progress and you acknowledge that you are in a better place for it.

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I was a freshman at high school. I had a crush on my cousin's best friend and I didn't know how to act nor understand how to show my feelings. Of course, with SA around, this was just one extra thing on top of what was just a train wreck.

I was as much of a loner as I am now. I had a group I "fit in" with only to hide myself from all the crap that went on but I never really belonged to any group. I was still an outcast.

Lots of regret from those times. I don't think I'd like to do it all again. I just wish I had taken more chances with my crush.

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My social anxiety was getting worse, but I didn’t understand what it was yet, and I thought I was only weird or being stupid. I was worried about having to do things I wasn’t comfortable with.

At this time of the year, I had just broken my leg and been in hospital twice because of it, and there was someone living in my house for a few months who I couldn’t really be myself around.

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I was living in Japan, having the time of my life. All my debts were paid, I rode my bike all over the local countryside, I exercised, took various roadtrips, enjoyed my time with friends, and really enjoyed my work.

In the 10 years after, I'm still struggling to get back to having that kind of lifestyle.

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post #20 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 03:09 PM
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I'm just amazed you can all remember so clearly that year - I certainly can't. I have to think of something really big that happened around that time and work it out. My memory is very bad. I know it was about 10 years ago that I was going into the hospital a lot though - I still had very good insurance. And I had those other problems - because it was a year or two before I went off on another major episode.
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