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after suffering from acne for 7+ years all I feel is hate and anger now. Especially towards younger people around my age (20) They think they are living the life. Bullying from it messed me up and I don't think there is ever going back to being happy.

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I wouldn't say I'm consumed by hatred, but I think acne and the negative reinforcement I received because of it definitely denied me the chance of a "normal" youth. My thought patterns just weren't the same as everyone else, which meant that my only hope at fitting in was to pretend that I fitted in. I found that very difficult and ultimately unfulfilling. I forced myself to socialise, but if you're forcing yourself its not really fun. 

I lost that sense of childish naivety and wonder too early, which I do feel bitter about and that often leads me to resent those people who held on to that veil of ignorance that typifies being young.

The best way I can describe it is that when I was in my teens and early twenties I felt the same way I do now around young people, like I'm not one of them. Except that I'm supposed to feel like that now because I'm 31. I was old before my time.

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Yes, but not toward people who had nothing to do with my suffering. Seeing people enjoy life doesn't bother me. I can honestly say, though, that I doubt I'll ever experience true happiness again. It's just not who I am anymore.

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