posted on May, 15 2004 @ 09:45 PM
When I became a member of ATS in April I was awe struck for days... I could not believe the wide variety of content available here. Having came from
another discussion forum, just to check things out, I was held captive by the quality and vastness of this site.. and I admit it I became addicted...
I was most impressed with the news and current events discussions and the intellect available in the many MANY posts I found. I admit it I am a news
I have been able to post in many forums on many topics here.. and each time I've posted anything it was a great RUSH seeing my words in text and to
see others interact with it... It is like communication on a whole new level.
I want you to know what ATS has really meant to me...
I have been dealing with a lot of stress and heartache, and for me ATS has saved me in many ways... saved me from the hours I was spending
contemplating the loss in my life.. despair over the future, and just deep emotions that have wrecked me in so many ways.
I have been able to form a new outlook on life by interacting with others here... In fact I even went out for a dinner date tonight.. The first time I
have really done anything like that in 4 years.
I am starting to feel alive again.. and as hard as it may seem to believe ATS has helped me find that feeling again.
I know it is just a web site.. But to me it has been so much more.
Through interaction and hours of reading here I was able to break the grip depression and despair had on me... I was truly living in my own prison.
I was so full of my self loathing and self pity that I had forgotten there was a whole world out there.. I never thought the first steps back to that
world would be on the internet, and though a web site such as this.. But that is the way it happened.
For me AboveTopSecret.com has been really good medicine. I hope this site is available to me for the rest of my natural life... Because I am
addicted.. And the medication for now is free.
Thank you ATS... for existing in such grand form. And thank you all for letting me be a part of it.