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View Poll Results: At what age were you the most unhappy and discontented?
Under 15 17 11.41%
15-20 20 13.42%
20-25 18 12.08%
25-30 13 8.72%
30-35 10 6.71%
35-40 11 7.38%
40-45 10 6.71%
45-50 4 2.68%
50-55 12 8.05%
55-60 12 8.05%
60-65 7 4.70%
65-70 1 0.67%
Over 70 1 0.67%
My present age 9 6.04%
I'm still under 60. 4 2.68%
Voters: 149. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-24-2018, 12:40 PM
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I voted "under 15" but then I changed my mind and can't unvote.

I can't specify any particular range of years I was unhappy and discontent, because that happened periodically throughout my younger years, but not now in my older years. So I'd vote "12-60 intermittently" if I could. I wasn't unhappy and discontent throughout all those years, just a few times here and there.
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Old 02-24-2018, 12:53 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I had an unhappy childhood because of parents and other reasons so that was my vote. Agree there were other times of unhappiness throughout my life but usually lasted only a couple of years: when struggling to finish my college degree and find a job and running out of money in my late 20s, after the sudden death of several friends and family members in my early 50s, and right before my retirement as I was burnt out at work and did not want to be there.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:31 PM
Location: Idaho
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Originally Posted by cebuan View Post
During the course of your life, how old were you when you felt most unhappy and discontented with your life?
IMO, everybody's life has its ups and downs. Some people are pessimistic and stay unhappy and discontented in most or all of their life. Some by nature are optimistic and do not let life's unfortunate events let them down for too long.

I am an optimistic and realistic person so I could not check any of the poll's choices. There should be a category marked "Never" ;-)

Heaven forbid that something terrible like the loss of my loved ones, severe health problems or unexpected natural/financial disasters happen to me in the near future, I think that I will survive, find ways to cope and regain my positive life outlook in a short time.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:50 PM
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Right now - at 60. hate where I'm living; too young for SS; struggling terribly with 4 part-time jobs; thoroughly stressed out; lost two STELLAR canine companions within a year; gained a lot of weight! Are we having fun yet?
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:59 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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That's easy - mid-40s. My son was struggling in high school, my father was dying in a long, slow spiral so that I was traveling the 1,100 miles to his home quite a bit, I was in grad school on a limited timeline toward my PhD and my lone positive advisor had just died and the equipment I needed mothballed and my husband's job was pressuring him to take long trips to Singapore and China. I also had a few health issues which were eventually ALL resolved by a hysterectomy. There were just too many things competing for my full attention RIGHT NOW. In the end, the PhD was the thing I dropped to give attention to the other things.

Not a decade I'd like to live over. Or, actually, if I could go back and KNOW the timeline things were on, I could have done a much better job in handling it all, but then you never get to know that.
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:15 PM
Location: The South
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I'm 80 and I don't see much future.
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:17 PM
Location: San Francisco
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There have been some low points in my life, but nothing could be as awful as the challenge of managing difficult eldercare challenges for my mother and MIL, both of whom lived out of town, while also going through menopause and working a high-stress job. Good times.
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:29 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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late 30's-early 40's - mostly stress related jobs and Afghanistan.....made most money during these years, but also spent more time at work than I ever had and a primary motivator to retire early in life when able financially
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:07 PM
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I voted for 15-20, but that was wrong because I actually escaped from home at 17. So 17 to 20 were really fun years, even if 15 and 16 were horrible. The years leading up to and including 15 were actually the worst of my life.

I had an abusive father and a sweet, loving mother who was helpless before his cruelty. So all things considered I had no control until I got out of there.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:15 PM
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Never! Im 72 and still happy and contented!
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