posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 09:25 AM
Hey once again all,
Well, my, I’m not going to lie here, It really does seem like a long, long time since I’ve properly been able to browse through the vast forums of
ATS again and there's very little denying that I’ve massively missed the wonderful regular participants who frequent here while I've been away
too, some of which have genuinely become some of the best friends a guy could ever ask for, in real life and for now at least, solely online.
Now, I obviously won’t go into too much detail on anything but It’s safe to say at this point that I have been having a pretty rough ride lately
(to say the least!) and I've just been in an overall bad place as a result too, a place where life just got tougher and tougher and when I kept
getting hit harder and harder, this causing me to stay away, sometimes through personal choice, most often however with no choice at all. But, been
away I have nonetheless.
It’s something that sucked, but it happened. And to a degree, in all honesty, I even got to a stage where I regretfully forgot this place even
existed at all, and I forgot how much my friends here really well and truly meant to me. Those who are regulars here will have undoubtedly seen time
and time again the repeated mention from fellow members stating that ATS is more than just what it appears on the surface and is instead more like one
big ol’ – at times deluded but incredibly happy – family, and trust me when I say that is indeed certainly true. It is like a family and it also
must be said that It's some of my family here on ATS which have diligently helped me through the tough times experienced.
Sure, as we all undoubtedly know, realize and understand however, real life does always, and rightly so might I add, take priority over anything else.
I think that's pretty well drummed into all of us and we should all of course remember that, taking everything into context, we all are but mere
participants in an online forum discussing alternative topics. That is what we’re doing here, and that’s why we’re ultimately here too. Our real
life with our real job’s, real friends and also those niggling real life concerns, trials, tribulations and the like do always come first and are
ahead of the priority queue.
That can't and shouldn't be denied, but at the same time, It also can't be denied that this truly is a wonderful community and it's the people who
frequent here so often who've made it as such, and I also have to personally say thanks to those members. Real life does hurt sometimes, and It's
this place which actually and in all honesty does help. Whether it's providing an escape, a distraction, or just great friends who want to do nothing
but help, simply because they want to.
So for me, I am around a bit more now I guess, although I'm not sure if I'll be posting as much as I used to, especially when it comes to posting
new threads which were always massively time-consuming. Like I said above, real life has hit me pretty hard at times and I've experienced a lot of
eral low's as a result too, so that's still influencing me to a large degree, but I do want to highlight still that I am ready to post a bit more
than I have been as of late and I certainly want to re-participate in the research forum I was helping to revamp slightly as well, something that was
a group focus to attempt to bring absolute quality content here. When the time comes that's where I'll most likely be, and a much better place than
where I've spent the last few months too.
So yeah, I just wanted to post this quick little thread to say my thanks to all the members here who truly make ATS a worthwhile place to be, there's
many of you out there and quite frankly true, full credit can't ever and isn't ever given to you for continually working to make this a wonderful,
worthwhile, informative and of course at times very helpful place to be. Thanks for all the good times guys, all the laughs, and everything else too.
I did miss this place while being away and unable to read or post. Hopefully for me I can be around a bit more often now reading and posting as much
as time and real life allows.
See you all around.