I feel like such a failure and wish I'd made more of my life
DEAR DEIDRE: I BELIEVE I’m a complete failure and I wish I’d never been born.
I wish I had done more after leaving school and progressed with training and learning new things instead of settling down too early and having children.
I am a 54-year-old woman. My husband wouldn’t understand if I were to tell him. He is 56 and mostly optimistic about life, with an interesting career in conservation.
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He knows I get down, but if I told him I wish I had never been born, he would be at a complete loss.
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I feel old, stupid and regret not making something of my life.
DEIDRE SAYS: You’re not a failure. You have done a great job with your children. Many view motherhood as the hardest job of all.
You sound depressed, so see your GP as soon as you can. My support pack on Depression explains more.
Feelings of low self-esteem often begin in childhood. Perhaps you found it hard to live up to other people’s expectations.
My support pack Raising Self-Esteem will also help, and do share your feelings with your husband.
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