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I feel like my time here has expired...

Life has changed so much for me in the last 4 years but for the better.
I remember I had joined ep back in 2013 ish because I was so lonely, needed an outlet and the opportunity to try to connect to others.

And in return I made some really amazing lifelong friends so much so when it closed I knew I wanted to come here.

2 friendships in particular blossomed so much we met in person. It was so easy/natural, it was so relaxed it truly was the best thing.

As my life has changed I find I'm less focused on wanting to be on the Internet.

I can conclude that I am immensely happy, everyday I wake up happy and singing. Why, because I'm not working in a hell hole. I'm also bombarded daily with affection from my beautiful dog, who makes my heart explode.

I feel like over the years the friendships I've made here and the advice offered has really helped to better prepare me for the world. And I am truly grateful.

I also hope that in return I've been a beacon of light for others.

I don't know if I'll ever delete this account, but I have found myself a little too tired so that's why I visit so infrequently mostly hearting posts and questions.

How has this community helped you?
WhateverWorks · 36-40
It helps in a similar way to what you described. I haven’t put in the effort to specifically make friends with people. We don’t DM, but I value our exchanges. We’ve still gotten to know each other through the fragments of comments over the years. Weird to think it’s actually been years since I started using SW. I’m on here less when I’m busy and more on ‘pain days’ when I need a ‘no spoons’ distraction. Ever since the pandemic my social life and recreational life has been in a weird place.

I’m really excited about this upcoming year though we’re all finally regularly be out and about doing what I love, learning about what I love, being around people share my passions and helping others again. If all goes well, I won’t be on here very much, but that’s OK. Hopefully, every once in a while, I can pop in, shoot the shit with a few familiar, usernames, and post something positive.
Or… things will go differently than I hope lol and SW will be where I periodically vent 😆
Mellowgirl · 31-35, F
@WhateverWorks i hear you and I am so with you on this.
I think a healthier mentality comes when you live in the real world. Yes it's expensive but sometimes just being around people that make you feel good is all you need.
I remember reading some advice about getting fitter. It basically says socialise with those that eat better especially during g lunch breaks at work, ask if you can join a sports activity with them. And dedicate a day every other week until you feel its for you.
It's about putting yourself in the drivers seat but also at a level to which you feel you can obtain and sustain.

I'm wishing you luck. You're a lovely person.
CrazyMusicLover · 31-35
I guess it's going to sound bad but it helped me to get over my trauma a bit. After hearing stories of some other people about what they have been through and how they were able to get over it, I started feeling like the stuff I've been through wasn't even that bad and self-pity leads nowhere else than to hell.
I'm not at a good place still so I'll hang around for longer but it's definitely better than back in 2014 when I joined EP.
Mellowgirl · 31-35, F
@CrazyMusicLover I'm really glad you were able to find this place and ep as a way to heal. Im just sorry you're still struggling. I must admit how you come across here is very calm and you are very thoughtful. Always hold on to the positive critique you get. They will help you on the days where you feel a little blue.
Lilnonames · F
It helped me as I BLOCKED all the people I don't want to associate with
Mellowgirl · 31-35, F
@Lilnonames haha I remember you went through a blocking phase and would block people in posts if they were taking the piss... You've always been a real one. Funny, and so random. But that's the best thing about this place, you meet such a mix bag of people it really provides a wholesome experience (except the crazies)

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