I first stumbled across ATS after I recieved a text message from the future. A user of this site seemed to have exactly
the same experience
around the same time.
I enjoyed reading the threads and discovering new conspiracies and paranormal happenings, never needing to join in. Eventually, a crazed gunman
situation close to home prompted me to insert myself into the discussion. My favourite threads were those about impending Yellowstone doom, and
MH370. MH370, now that's still a mystery, but Yellowstone hasn't erupted and other conspiracies seem sillier and sillier the more I read about them.
For some, it seems the world is approaching doom at a record pace, but my life just gets simpler. I work, I garden, I save my money, and exactly
none of the world politicos or NWO plans affect me in the least. The biggest threats to my current situation are a natural gas extraction racket that
is being attempted in my town; and my insane neighbours who are soon to be evicted after a town council meeting about their recent involvement in a
dog attack. Neither of these things were or could be affected by an online forum, only real world action.
In short, ATS has made me a conspiracy theory skeptic, only making me question the notions of doom and realizing they rarely come to pass. So how do
I enjoy the site now? Has this been anyone else's experience? I still enjoy the paranormal threads; but often, they seem so made up that I can't
get into them. I believe as a fiction writer by trade, I often recognize the tropes used by other writers to try to grab the attention of readers. I
always enjoyed UFO discussions, but again, after years of nothing, it all seems made up now.
BigFoot is still my dream conspiracy theory that I hope turns out to be true someday, but I could never suspend disbelief enough to believe any of the
YouTube videos or Melba Ketchum DNA scandals, so I never talk about it anymore. The only reason I still believe in this cryptid is because, years
ago, I saw a cougar. I reported it to a Department of Natural Resources officer, who, like myself, was worried it could have escaped from a local
wildlife reserve. Another woman in the area reported her horse being mauled the night before. After it was clear that it wasn't an escaped animal,
the DNR officer informed me that, according to the scientists in charge, the Eastern Cougar is extinct and it couldn't have been what I saw. We kept
the conversation going, and he admitted that he was pretty confident there were a few Cougars left, as even some DNR personnel had glimpsed one.
Who knows what's in the unexplored woods of the world. As a lover of mystery, I cling to this.
I used to feel so awake...but now I just feel like it's all BS. Of course, some conspiracies are real, this is a fact, but after you stopped
believing in most of them...what grabbed your attention? Mysteries are my bread and butter (literally), so where do I go from here. It can't be all
heirloom tomatoes and parenting from here on out.
It's Monday, I'm so frickin' pregnant, and I need some inspiration!