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Stuck in the past

JulianG24

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I seem to be stuck in the past and it's horrible...I feel like my best days are behind me even though I'm only 23 years old. I spend more time reminiscing on the past than living in the now. The more years that pass by the more sad I feel. I would say 2015 was the last year I could without a doubt say I was genuinely happy. It was the last year I had my grandfather in my life. It's almost like he was the glue that held everything together, and after he passed everything just seemed to fall apart... Everything seemed so normal with him around and now it's not like how it used to be. I don't know what to do to get out of this slump I'm in. I'm alive, but I don't feel like I'm living.
 

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Seems to me this all revolves around you grandfather. I felt the same way when my mom died. I am 81 and she died when I was 50. But I had the same feelings and thought I would never get over it. But you will. There is no time limit for it. Things will get easier and you will get your life back. Try to keep busy with something that interests you. You are young and still have a lot of life ahead of you. Seek medical help if you have to. I did and it did help. Welcome to the forum and I am sure you will hear from people who will be helpful and will know what you are going through.
 

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I seem to be stuck in the past and it's horrible...I feel like my best days are behind me even though I'm only 23 years old. I spend more time reminiscing on the past than living in the now. The more years that pass by the more sad I feel. I would say 2015 was the last year I could without a doubt say I was genuinely happy. It was the last year I had my grandfather in my life. It's almost like he was the glue that held everything together, and after he passed everything just seemed to fall apart... Everything seemed so normal with him around and now it's not like how it used to be. I don't know what to do to get out of this slump I'm in. I'm alive, but I don't feel like I'm living.
I understand a lot of this. It was kind of the same way when my dad passed in 2014, when I was 27. Sorry you lost your grandfather. It's not easy, by any means. What we must learn is that death is a reality, and it's inevitable. It will happen to everyone eventually, sometimes even to those you wouldn't expect.

My best friend of 23+ years was tragically killed by a drunk driver on March 1 this year. Things don't feel the same without him, and he was 32 years old (my age). I've lost other friends as well, at much younger ages.

If you're having trouble living in the now, and being present, I recommend researching and practicing mindfulness and acceptance. If CBT or other therapy is an option, maybe give that a try. If it's not, you can learn just as much about it on Google and YouTube, but it requires a lot more effort because you're not working face to face with a professional therapist. It's worth it though, IMO.

Eckhart Tolle has many wonderful videos on YouTube, specifically about being present and living in the now. Give his videos a look if you get a chance. There are many others, but Tolle is by far my personal favorite for that subject.
 

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John Kabat-Zinn has also done really great things about mindfulness, and how to ease anxiety and depression through them.
 

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John Kabat-Zinn has also done really great things about mindfulness, and how to ease anxiety and depression through them.
I'll look into him at some point. I'm always looking for new resources in case I ever need them. :)
 

PHIL9611

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Stuck in the past thats me alright 63years old where does the time go
i still think about loved ones that are no longer here
sure miss my mom guess try to focus on tomorrow
Nice to meet you I'm new
 

Aries

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I have horrible memories from the past come back all the time. I try to stay busy so they don't bother me - but now with the lock in there's nothing to do.
 

Izthewiz

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I live in the past .
I only listen to music from the 80-2005 ish
My wife is sick of me quoting things and places from the 90's
But its how i deal with change.
Inside my house its 1998.
 
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