Hello, everyone -- I am dead.
.......................................................................................................................... Okay, I'll admit my brain doesn't feel cold, soooooooo... yeah.
Its rather strange to me at times, not feeling like I'm aging that much when, realistically, I'm now officially one of the oldest people on this site (last I checked, anyway). In fact, as the title blatantly points out, I don't really feel much older than I was back during my early High School days. In fact, IDK if I'll really feel that much different even 10 years from now, assuming I manage to live that long. Maybe I'm confusing this feeling of borderline agelessness with my overall personality ('cause lets face it, in some ways I probably act more childish than the typical young adult does), but whatever the reason the point is I don't really feel like I'm getting older, at least mentally/spiritually. But I suppose being connected with your inner child can be a good thing sometimes. After all, I'm sure some of you have heard the saying, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, while all play and no work makes Jack just a toy" (for those of you who have seen Stanely Kubrick's movie adaption of Stephen King's The Shining, I just wanna share the fact that this little quote has been around longer than the movie itself has, in case some of you didn't know and were thinking that I was quoting the line directly from that movie).
Another funny thing I've noted while I was writing this blog is it feels like only yesterday that I made by 20th B-Day blog. The reason I consider this amusing is because it reminds me how time can keep switching between feeling incredibly short/fast and long/slow depending on what particular memories appear in my mind at whatever particular times, often resulting in somewhat random results and feelings when I dwell on these things for more than a few seconds.
So what I guess I'm trying to say (I wish I could articulate myself better sometimes) is, as of today, now officially becoming 21, my thoughts and feelings on my growing up and how the flow of time works for me... hasn't really changed much at all. So yeah, maybe it is my personality. At any rate, with it being my birthday, and with me thinking about how long I've been here as a result of me getting older, I want to do something a little different than last year's blog where, for the most part, all that blog really accomplished was drawing attention towards myself simply because it was my B-day.
(For those who want an abridged version of the next paragraph, look for the next bolded sentence below)
This time, I want to take the time to also thank everyone who has shown me a good time around SNN ever since I first joined and taught me some of the skills I have for being a responsible authority figure and individual (to those of you who've been around longer than me and are still around), and also those who have joined during my time here who continued to remind me that, even as old friends come and go, there's still new people like you who can do much to not only make me smile and give me a reason to keep coming back here, but also continue to teach me things through a different, newer perspective than some of the people I have known for years before I even met you -- basically, show me that me, and older person who feels that he's seen a lot throughout his life, can still continue to learn no matter how much older he continues to get, even from others who're much younger than me. You all have done more good in my life than I'm sure even I realize, and for that I thank you.
TL;DR (too long; Didn't read) Simply put, I want to thank everyone here, young and old (both literally and figuratively), for all the good lessons and skills that you had to teach me, and I will always appreciate all the good things you have done and continue to do for me.
I would make a small list of particular individuals I'd like to thank, but I won't for 2 reasons: 1) I'm kinda running outta time to do so, and 2) I don't want to risk making anyone feel like I'm ignoring them for any reason/signaling them out, and that's something I don't wanna do since I wanna make everyone here feel equally appreciated.
So without further ado, I wish everyone a long and prosperous life and, to those who wish the same for me, lets hope that I continue to stick around and help out for many years more. Again, thank you all for all the laughs and smiles you gave me.
... And just because I can (this IS ''ME we're talking about), allow me to share something with you down below that greatly elaborates my feelings for all you peeps (I'm sure a certain someone will find it especially amusing):