~~Thank you for being a friend.~~ Andrew Gold
This wonderful site has been home to me for about 10 years on and off...although my precious quit happened on June 4, 2013. Over six years after even more years of serial quitting, avoiding, ignoring, and failing.
You've been there for me and it's time to say thank you. Thank you for never giving up on someone who had given up on herself. Thank you for supporting, for listening, for advising. For humoring me, for laughing with me, for being my sunshine when my own world was dark.
I've been in a good place in my life for the past 6 years. It took a lot of work, a lot of honesty, and a lot of self-reflection to grow, to change, and to find myself through all the pain.
But I did it. With your help, I did it. And because you were such a big part of my growth and ultimate quit, I came back here on and off to help others if I could. I think I've written hundreds of posts. I comment, I try to be supportive and kind. Again, because you were there for me, I wanted to pay it forward.
So I just wanted to say thank you. Strudel, Sootie,jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007, pir8fan, Thomas3.20.2010, Youngatheart.7.4.12, maynell, Breakinthechains, TomW5.15.17, Daniela-3-11-2016, Marilyn.H.July.14.14., Barbscloud, indingrl.01.06.2011, BonnieBee.quit.2.8.15, Giulia, elvan, sweetplt, JACKIE1-25-15 , Mandolinrain, OldBones-Larry , Rick_M, and so many, many more....thanks for being a friend.
And those no longer here.....Linda, Daisy, Neen, Dawn, Terri, Betty, BeeJay....I miss you. Thanks for being a friend.
To those who have allowed me to comment on their posts without doubting my intentions, thank you. To those who make sure to comment on my posts, no matter how intense...thank you. For those who read without commenting, I hope I helped. If only for a moment, I hope you caught a glimpse of how it can be.
Sincere thanks to each and every one of you...and those I forgot to mention. If you have ever doubted for an instant if what you do matters, doubt no more because you have touched my heart and brought some sunshine to my life. Truly. You will never be forgotten and I know that God is smiling down on you for helping one of His children get on the right path.
Quitting isn't an event, we all know. It's a journey. And just as all journeys, it is much better when you have people walk with you for awhile. You've walked with me. You've made me laugh. You've cleared the way. You've saved a life.
I'm impressed by you, I'm inspired by you, I'm in awe of you. Most of all, I'm thankful for you. Much, much love to each of you.