I stumbled upon some old notes from 2005. The year I had to go on hiatus because of an emotional upheaval and because I had started to cut myself. Back when DeviantArt was my central outlet for my creativity. When it was one of the few places that an artist could express themselves. I found the journal that coincided with the precious notes of love and support from my old friends.
Man was I a terrible typist. XD
But an honest one. I couldn't help but to reread several more entries. They're littered with grammar mistakes, little faces, short sentences, little to no sense between each sentence... but honest, happy. I suppose it makes sense. Younger, less mature... I don't like to reveal too much about myself online nowadays, but back then, I'd detail every little nuance. Yet didn't share emotional strife. That hasn't changed, I still struggle with accepting help from others.
What's most interesting to me is seeing these past years and wondering how I would've felt. Like, in 2005, in three years I'd start dating my high school sweetheart again. In five years, I'd be marrying him. In ten years, my circle of friends would have shifted with more tangible ones. That my sorrows would heal, be ripped new again, heal, new stresses would occur, but through the previous pain, I'd be more adapt to handle them.
It's obvious now, but that hiatus started a change in my social life and myself. When I came back a few months later, people, you who still watch me here, were very supportive. But I had started to drift away from the internet, started to have a life outside of this screen.
A bit of melancholy has settled over me, but I look back at the years and am thankful for the friendships I've had. Thankful that we've all changed in some ways, kept some core aspects to ourselves, and have new lives to live. Thank yins so much for supporting me during a transitional time for me. Rereading the comments and the notes made me feel so grateful that I had support then and grateful for the support I have now.