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8/15/2014 8:04:07 PM

Six Years - An Age of Growing Up

Yesterday marked my sixth year here on, so I guess I'm a little late to my own party, but I'm actually excited about that. Six years ago I found this place, this "Bnet." I had just gotten Xbox LIVE, and somewhere waiting around in one of my first match making lobbies for Halo 3 I saw a little paragraph directing me towards this place, and I thought, why the heck not? Looking back today, "why the heck not," turned into one of my more brilliant decisions. You see, six years ago I was twelve years old, and the reason I missed my own anniversary yesterday was because I was busy being bored to death at my university's new student orientation. I have spent a third of my life here on, posting, making friends, and growing up, and I don't think I'd have it any other way. These forum not only served as my gateway to the rest of the internet (still not sure how I feel about being introduced to /b/ at 12 by the Flood), but to the wealth of experiences that followed such discoveries. The grammar [url=]-godwinslaw!-[/url]'s that pollute this forum forced me into becoming conscious about how I type, and the critics taught me how to become critical of my own ideas. I learned of things many people don't even realize exist, and I was exposed to a variety of cultures. These forums really did shape a large portion of who I am today, and while I'm sure there's some underlying trauma, it really has been for the better. I have made some of my closest friends through, and I've had some of the greatest times just kicking back and playing Halo or meeting people at PAX. I say these things not only because I'm a sentimental kind of person, but because I want to share the impact this community has. To the veterans, those of you that I've spent years with, either as friends, acquaintances, or just familiar faces in passing, I want to say thank you. We've had our up and downs, certainly, but there's always been a whole lot of fun and plain awesome thrown in. To the new members, those flocking in wait of Destiny, I want to say welcome, and while you may find this place foreign, confusing, or even unpleasant, I bid you to stay around a while. Tough things out, make some friends, learn some names, and you'll be amazed at how great of a place this really is. This community raised me in many ways, guiding me through the awkwardest years of my life, and if I can make it out ok, certainly you can as well. Pour yourself a drink, grab a slice of cake, and give yourselves a pat on the back. These six years have been amazing because of all of you, so this toast is for all of you, and to another six years.

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