Some of you know that my family and I have had a summer of unfortunate events. I'm not going to vomit all the crap on you all, but the gist of it is the following:
In late May, my dad had a stroke that nearly took his life. He is expected to make a full recovery, but it will be a long, long road of hard work to get back to living a normal life. My mom has been his caretaker - she is, I guess, somewhat fortunate to have lost her job in June so she can be home with dad all the time, though now she is unemployed. I live two hours from my family, so I have only been so available to help because of obligations I have in St. Louis.
On top of this, we have had to put two of our three pet rats to sleep over the past two days. It is amazingly difficult and so saddening.
I want to let you guys know that TLKGO has been a key component of my coping through all this. I came back to the forum while I was sitting in the hospital with my dad, reminded of role playing while my grandpa was there four years prior. I'm so glad I came back, because this site has kept me creative this summer. Because I can't really go on vacation or do fun summery stuff, drawing and writing have been some of the only outlets in which my soul can play. And during a time when it feels like the world is slamming my head against a sidewalk, I've needed that play in very real ways.
So thank you, everyone, for caring for me, supporting me, and giving me a place to escape and stay sane. I'm proud of you all for your relentless creativity, and I'm so glad to know we will be here to love each other through the good and the bad.
Aww Zulu, I'm really sorry to hear about your family going through this. I hope your dad fully recovers soon. But I'm glad you can cope with it through TLKGO and your friends here. I'm actually familiar with that way, last week I lost my uncle, and in the same way as with you, my friends in this site helped to make me feel better even during a very depressing weekend. Your drawing of Phyllon, for example, really brightened my day when you posted it, I'm still very grateful. We're here to support you in whichever way we can. Here's wishing you and your family the best
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy" - Hamlet
I'm really sorry to hear that zulu, I hope he makes a full recovery soon! It's great to hear that you have a good coping mechanism with TLKGO at least ^-^ It's always important! I for one absolutely adore your art, though I don't have time to comment, I always make sure to check because it's seems I'm addicted so far! XD if I can help in any way possible, be sure to let me know!
Life is short,
Break the rules,
Never regret anything that made you smile
And don't forget,
It's okay to be imperfect,
The moon has craters,
And look how bright it shines,
Even in the darkest of times.
Leorgathar I'm very sorry to hear about your uncle. Knowing that my drawing meant that much to you really fills my heart, though - I'm so glad to have helpd during a difficult time.
Jetstar that's great to hear you like my work so much. I really appreciate that - I've never managed to build much of an audience, so it means a lot to me when someone watches for my artwork and enjoys it. Thanks for that
Awww, Zulu *hugs* I know I'm not as active here as I would like to be, but I'm still glad to hear that this little forum is helping people. And I'm not far away, not really, if you ever want to chat. I can always make time for friends in need
Aw, dang, I didn't even see this thread lyin' around before.
I'm sorry stuff's not been going great for you It always seems like, when things get bad, a lot of other things go bad right along with it and it all just gets overwhelming. I'm really glad we were of any help to you in a time of worry. Like Kanu said, my inbox is always open and I have Skype on all the time, so if you have a Skype username, feel free to swap with me and you can vent or chat all you want. Or just talk about nerdy crap together.
Anyways, I hope you know that the people on TLKGO really care about you and would do anything to support you. Also imagine you just got giant squishy hugs because that's what I would actually do