I guess five years has been enough.
My life is in shambles right now. College is proving to be too difficult. But maybe, if I let go, I'll be able to walk again. I don't know what lies ahead, but I am hopeful that it'll get better.
For now, with a heavy heart, I'll be walking out the doors of PC, five years later, and eons and eons wiser.
I remember entering PC as a young, twelve year old kid. Looking to play ROM hacks. Searching for a site that holds these cool fan projects. I found PC, or more specifically, the ShinyGold thread. Of course, this made me happy, but to my surprise, ShinyGold wasn't all there is to the place. I was astounded by all these amazing graphics in avatars and signatures, all these cheerful conversations and all these warm friendships and fun banter. So I was, naturally, filled with wondrous excitement. I remember signing up, wishing so hard that I could have people on my signature's friends list then too. That I could at least enjoy it, as much as they do. I started posting around, ventured to a cool little place to make an introduction thread, got a few replies, and the next thing I knew, I was learning all these life lessons, feeling all these emotions, living all these memories. Man. All I can say is, it was the best decision ever.
I could stay in this dream forever. I could keep chasing these clouds. Let the wind take me wherever it wishes. Continue roasting marshmallows by the campfire. I could lie down a field of grass, look up to the sky and relax in an endless slumber, if you will. But I guess...all good things come to an end. There comes a chapter, in this book, when life urges you to move on. To make it worth watching, perhaps. Of course, it doesn't mean you can't look back. But you can't walk forward with your head facing the road behind you. And if it's time-- if the red bar is just bleeping, then maybe you just have to switch out. You might not get all the experience that you could have gotten from staying in, but it's better than fainting for naught.
I leave PC a better person. These past years were filled with laughter, sorrow and life. I've experienced a lot, and I've learned a lot. The Welcome Lounge is the best section I could have ever hoped to moderate, and I'm lucky to have had the chance to show my love to it. Even at moments when my life came crashing down. I hope it continues to be a great place as it is, and that I at least was able to care for it with the little time I had. To PC's staff, I know I've barely scratched the surface as a member of the staff, but I think it has led to the biggest wake-up call, and the most important life lesson, that I could have ever picked up from this amazing website. So thank you. Thank you. I wish...I could personally address a heartfelt message to every person that's touched my heart in this place, but maybe that's something you can look forward to if I ever come back. I hope I can. And I hope that when I do, you guys will be here, being as awesome as ever, and keeping this place as wonderful as it is.
Love you guys. See you on the other side.
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