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13 Childhood Struggles Only Those In Their 20s Or 30s Would Understand

13 Childhood Struggles Only Those In Their 20s Or 30s Would Understand

It was never easy growing up. Kids these days have it so easy. They can have 10,000 songs in a singular device and do some Netflix bingeing. We didn’t have all that during our days. We had to work so hard for everything we wanted. And here are some of those things we really sweated for

1. You had to have that extra change well kept

Those extra coins mattered. It was hard to throw them away. Because most times when you took that long walk to the payphone you needed some of it to make that call. Or when you got on the bus, you needed some of it too.

2. You had to wait for weeks to get those pictures developed

We had to practically wait for almost anything. Nothing was fast enough and getting your film developed into a picture could take ages that is if 99% wasn’t already blurred.

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3. You had to sit and wait for your favorite TV shows

You remember Fresh Prince of Bel Air, if you were not before the TV when the show started, you simply were going to miss out, and go out in search of someone with a great narrative skill.

4. You had to wait ages to download one song

It was always a test of faith and patience to get the song you loved into your computer. You could wait so long for it you slept dreaming about the tunes of the song in the process.

5. You spent hours in the library getting your assignments done

Going through the shelves and looking through so many books was really a bore. But well that was the only way to get your research paper done. If we couldn’t tolerate the library’s smell, we simply would rent the library’s encyclopedia to get our homework done.

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6. You needed a road map or an atlas to travel

Getting lost wasn’t so much of a big deal since we were practically explorers and always had a physical road map to keep us busy almost throughout our travels.

7. You had someone else to take your photos the perfect way

No selfies. You needed a stranger to get you that perfect shot and make you look so good, when you could have simply edited all that stress in the first place.

8. You had to work hard not to have your cassette tapes twisted

It was a painstaking exercise. When we were rewinding and forwarding was a pain also. It needed careful attention to make sure our tapes were safe.

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9. You had to wait for days to rent the movies you loved

When we went to rent our favorite movies, there were never enough copies in the store. And we had to either pick some other movies or just be more patient.

10. You had phone boxes though

At least there was a decent place where we could capture great head-shots and fascinate about the experience of doing such.

11. You had to wait by the radio to tape our favorite song

Well this was no big deal. If you loved a song so much, just wait or call the radio station to play it for you. Recording your favorite song came with a huge feeling of accomplishment that is if the DJ didn’t spoil it for you with his/her signature sound.

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12. You had to schedule everything before we went out

Whether you were going out or waiting, you simply had to stick with the schedule. There were no mobile phones so it was so impossible to make do with a plan B.

13. Loving someone meant writing it out

We sent a lot of love letters back in the days. That was the best way to make a woman feel good about you. That was why I had to make sure my handwriting was pretty sexy.

Still miss those days and the struggle. Duuuuuhhhhh!!!!

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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

Here are 12 things to remember:

1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

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2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

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7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

10. Journal During This Time

Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

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Final Thoughts

Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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