2018 is almost over and it has been one hell of a ride. Last year I was typing my year in review as someone who had only been on the RT site for two months. I'm now over a year in and it has been the greatest decision I ever made.
I've never told the story of how I started watching RT. But after everything that happened this year, it feels right to tell it now.
I started watching Rooster Teeth content in 2015. Honestly, though, it feels like a lifetime. Back then I was freaking out about my educational content exam and my best friend said, "Hey, watch this Minecraft video with me."
I had no intention of watching a game made for 8 year old boys. But a bunch of 8 year old men absolutely sucked me in.
Gavin Free was fucking adorable.
Michael Jones was angry.
Ray Navarez Jr. was aloof and hilarious.
Jack and Ryan were one voice intertwined.
Geoff Ramsey was orchestrating the chaos.
That day six men took my mind off of a test that would determine my future.
When I took my exit exam, RWBY was there to cheer me on.
When I fell into a depressive episode RVB showed me I wasn't alone.
When I had the worst year of my life in 2017, Camp Camp was there to just make me laugh.
So much has changed since that first minecraft episode I watched. People have left. Even more have joined. I started gaming, branching out, because of the fun these complete strangers were having.
For three years Rooster Teeth has been there to comfort and get me through the hard times. And 2018 has been a highlight.
I met the Jones family and Barb at Planet City Comic Con in KC. I was extremely blessed to purchase Plat passes to my first RTX. I spent three days with my best friends, and I made new ones. I got pulled on stage at Let's Play Live, my best friend got to sit on stage with some of her idols, and I met some of my absolute heroes (Jack and Geoff, lookin' at you). I cosplayed for the first time, I made friends on twitter, I joined groups, and overall? I talk. I'm active. For two years I sat in the background, scared to engage, and now I'm here.
I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I couldn't imagine being in any other group or surrounded by anyone else.
Here I am accepted.
Here I belong.
Memory is the key. And the memories I have made this year will never fade.
2019 is gonna be hard. I wanna work on me. My confidence, my health, my relationships. Its gonna be a long bumpy road. But I know I have so many people in my corner.
Because, "No matter how many friends you lose? You can always make more. And I think that's pretty neat".