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Re: Moving on
Posted By: Sam, on host
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2001, at 07:41:13
In Reply To: Moving on posted by Matthew on Thursday, September 27, 2001, at 04:55:04:

You have to make your own decisions in life, and I respect that. I'm in no better position to tell you what you need to do to take care of your life, so I won't waste time and do you the disrespect of trying. Certainly nobody but you can help how you feel, and nobody but you has to cope with those feelings. But I do want to say a few things that I hope you understand.

First, if you feel like you don't belong here, there could be any number of reasons why, but among them is NOT because you are not accepted here. I admit I was dubious about you when you first showed up, but I think it just took a little while for me to get to know you. Frankly, I think you're hilarious. I enjoy your sense of humor, and I am thankful for the humanity you bring to the community here. I know that others feel the same way. I've gotten comments from people, off an on, over the time of your participation here, that have mentioned how you said or did something to cheer someone up or make someone smile.

I think I understand a lot of where you are coming from. I certainly understand what it is like to be an introspective sort of person, preferring fewer close friends to many more distant ones. I am that way myself, although less so than you, I think. Certainly I can understand if your interest in RinkWorks wanes. Frankly, I think it's amazing that anybody can sustain interest in something like this for as long as you and others have. *I* certainly haven't ever been interested in another online community for nearly as long.

But I hope, as Grishny does, that you can find a balance that works instead of forcing yourself to choose between the two extremes of being here all the time and never being here at all. If you truly don't feel that, for this stage in your life, it is good for you to be here regularly, then I hope you'll leave the option available to pop in now and then.

Whatever you do, best wishes to you.