Hi everyone... it has been quite some time since I posted anything over here, but I have something I wanted to ask everyone, so I came back.
Back in June I cancelled my CoX account for two reasons. The game itself was becoming repetitive and I had an important year at school coming up. So I made a decision to quit and deleted all my characters to insure it would be a permanent decision. I also quietly left the forums, not wanting to raise any drama with yet another "Goodbye, so long, wouldn't want ta be ya thread". I apologize if annoyed/worried anyone with that sudden departure, was not my intention. Now to the reason I came back.
I'm at a place in my life where I have a real good idea of what I want to do for my future and I am really excited about it. I recently declared my major at the school in International Buisness and am studying Chinese with the possibility of going to China this coming summer for a study abroad program. This is something I really want to do with my life. I want to have a job that allows me and even requires me to travel, I want to be able to talk to people around the world in their own language, and I want to meet people. THis allows me to do all those things. I have a couple friends who are going to hook me up with a lady that is willing to teach me Korean, so there's yet another language I might get to learn. That's what I have worked on on my own.
I wanted to ask a favor of everyone here and I hope you don't think too badly of me coming back in here after so many months to ask a favor or two of everyone here. I want to ask if anyone here has any experience in the realm I am going into and/or if they know people that can give me advice in the field. I want to know if anyone can, or knows people who can, speak the languages I am learning that would be willing to be a friend on Skype and help me improve through conversations. I would be immensely grateful to any help that you all can offer and I want you to know that I fully intend to repay any favors back in full and then some.
I recently had something of an altercation with someone I still consider a friend (though they say they don't consider me one any longer) about my outlook on life. I don't want to give up the notion that a person can go through life thinking and caring more about other people then themselves. The other person tells me that I need to be more of a selfish prick or I'll be doomed to a life of depression and uselessness. I refuse to believe this. I don't think I could look at myself in the mirror if I let go of this belief, so I am stubbornly holding onto it.
So here I am, asking everyone on these forums for help. I'll let it be known that I have met some of the most amazing people on these boards and made quite a few friends here. I enjoyed my times in game with all of you and I miss the 'good ol' days very much. The world, however, is not a stagnant place. It keeps moving and changing and I have to change with it. I no longer have an interest in the game, but this doesn't mean I have no interest in the people I met playing it. In fact in some ways, I am still drawing on my experiences from my time in the game to improve aspects of myself. Many of you know that I wrote. I still do and am even writing more now. I have several projects that some of you know about that I am working hard on, if a little distracted as well.
If you want to get in touch with me, since I am probably still gonna be scarce around these boards (I'll probably lurk, you know how it goes =P), here are some things I use frequently.
Yahoo: [email protected]
If you only use MSN then pm me and I'll give it to you. I try to keep that one a little more private, so I only give it to people who express a genuine interest in having it.
So I hope to hear from alot of you again, I have missed alot of the personality of these boards, if not the drama =P. I noticed that there were alot of new faces around as well. I'd love to get to know you all too. So basically.. umm.. hi everyone.
Sincerely, Druid aka Douglas
PS: Out of curiosity and part of my other upcoming plans, if I were to be traveling the country and outside of the country, would there be anyone willing to house me for short periods of time? I'd be more then happy to cut deals with people in exchange for housing whilst I'm abroad. (this being when I am not traveling with the school)