A normal part of life is to reach turning points in our life: points where the decisions we make will impact us for the rest of our lives. These parts of our lives can be a monumental decision, such as the decision to study, or pursue your dream job, or choose to marry the love of your life. However, this journal isn't about those large points in our lives.It is about the small turning points, where a small, trivial decision will resonate throughout your life and impact you in ways you never imagined.
While I have had many of these little turning points in my life,one of the more recent, and possibly most impactful, was the decision to become an active member of the Rooster Teeth community. About a year and a half ago (give or take) i was thinking that i needed to become a more active member of the community, instead of simply watching the content produced by RT. At this time though, i honestly had no idea where to start. Where do i start? Should I start posting in the Forums? Which Forums should i post in? What should i Write? These questions prevented me from actually participating on the RT site, simply because the community was so massive.
Then, i watched the RT Extra Life Stream, where Caiti Patillo answered all my quesions. She talked about how she had started an awesome community in Australia called Rooteeth, and i realised this was the place to start. On a whim, i searched for the group and asked to join their facebook group. That small decision, to join Rooteeth, has honestly changed my life. Over a year later, i dont know what i would do without seeing every second post in my facebook feed being someone from Rooteeth discussing something. The RT community is such an inclusive group of like minded people, that i wouldn't know how i would be today without all you awesome people. I am now involved in nearly all of the differing Rooteeth related groups, and even managed to snag a Admin role on the Discussion group. A small decision to join a random group suggested to me by someone on the other side of the world has genuinely and irrevocably altered my life for the better.
Just two weeks ago another of these turning points in my life occured. When i discovered RTXAU was occuring, i instantly bought tickets as soon as i physically could, and then had to wait for 6 months for the event to actually occur. To some people, conventions come easily, and they are just a fun way of killing a weekend. To me however, this was amajor event that took a month of planning just to get my head around it. But when i actually attended, it was awesome, and i realised just how big the community was, and how awesome it is to interact more directly with fans. I had the intention of meeting new people while at the con, but i never expected how much of an impact it would have on me, as i now realise how much more actively i want to participate in this community. Id always held off from attending the local meetups due to anxiety, but now i look forward to the nearest one (my first). I have also thrown myself into the international community and started posting in forums, where i have already made new friends. Pretty much, the decision to attend RTXAU seems to have made a much bigger impact on my life than i ever expected it could.
To simplify everything ive said in this journal: Thank you. Thankyou Roosterteeth for nurturing such an amazing community. Thank you Roo Teeth for including me and giving me a place to feel comfortable meeting new and amazing people. And thank you, whoever is reading this long assed journal, because without ever intending it, you have enriched my life and others lives just for being a member of this awesome, caring community.
Thank you for reading and Sorry for the long Journal and any errors!