Wow, it's honestly been a minute since I've popped in here to really browse around. Nearly everything I remember about the RoosterTeeth website has effectively changed. Some seems for the better, others... Well, maybe not for worse, but it feels an awful lot like if one was to go on vacation for a lengthy period of time and then came back home to find all of the furniture replaced and the house repainted a shiny new color.
I've been watching through RvB again, like what seems to be an annual tradition, and this time, a lot of old memories came in like a flood. Memories containing, but not limited to:
Old LFTO discussions
The old LFTO riddle thread
All the friends I once knew
Some that I still do
Eagerly awaiting Mondays for the new episodes
Coming home from work and immediately hopping onto RT
Being awarded badges by RT staff
When the RT staff was but a handful of folks
...And so much more
It's crazy to think back to those days, when I had found a home on this website. I felt as if I had a small family on here that I could rely on, that I could confide in, and knowingly be free of judgement. And then one day, it all went away... I just stopped logging on and for the life of me, I can't figure out why.
Looking back in the journal entries doesn't shed a lot of light, but I would assume that life just got in the way. I may not know exactly what happened, but regardless, those memories have brought nothing but smiles to my face of a more formative time in my life.
Have you ever looked back upon a moment or two in your life and traced how it shaped you into who you are right now? I know for a fact I wouldn't be exactly where I am without RoosterTeeth and its community.
Thanks to the warm, welcoming hands of this place, I was able to shed part of my shell. I visited conventions and expos to meet people for the first time; to put faces to usernames, and I found my flock. This ultimately led to me embracing a sort of "online presence" if you will. Fast forward to a couple years later, this experience bled onto Facebook, where I started becoming admins of multiple pages, forming even more friendships online, thereby expanding my (virtual) family. This, believe it or not, led to a short relationship that brought me up to start to discover more about the great state of Washington. Through a series of events, her friends decided I was worth keeping around, and offered me house and home while I pursued a newfound love for Audio. I started (and since completed) an educational course in Audio Engineering, which not only allowed me access to a reputable studio in Seattle, but also the ability to learn one-on-one, directly from their chief studio engineer. To top it all off, the friends mentioned above got hitched and through them, I met a bridesmaid who turned out to be the love of my life. For the last year and a half, we have been soaring through the skies, enjoying life, side-by-side.
It hasn't all been sunshine and puppy dog farts. I hit a pretty hard mental block that required a lot of cognitive therapy and counseling, but I'm working through it. I'm better now than I've ever been and I've got a lot of what I need right now - a great job, a dream to chase, the love of the best woman...
...All thanks to this website.
Now, I understand that all of this could have happened one way or another and didn't actually ever rely upon my being here... but that's the way it happened. That's the result thus far and I may not recollect it every damn day, but when I do sit and dwell, I always pay homage to what my time around here has done for me.
And I'll never forget it.
I guess, in a funny sort of way, you could say that my memories will always be the key to my success, because I've succeeded in making them good ones.
Here's to you all, RT. Thanks for the memories.