Today is my anniversary here, and for that I am grateful. June 14, 2013 9:13 PM   Subscribe

After 2 years of being here, I want to say thank you. You have given me so much.

Today is my two year anniversary of being part of MeFi with this particular account (I actually joined in early 2010 but someone found my old account and made me seek the anonymity of a new one). I wanted to stop by here and thank everybody for making MeFi such a thoroughly excellent place to hang out and rely on, because I really do find now that I depend on this community for so much.

When I joined I was starting to lose myself to an eating disorder and depression and just a general sense of despondency about being lonely after some big life changes, and I don't think that as a young 20-something I realized what I stumbled on to when I made my first account. Now that I'm here, though, I can't stay away. This place is, for lack of a better word, a kind of sanctuary for me, because I feel like here is where I started to really let myself be authentic about my thoughts and concerns, and for that I am grateful, because the thing I have always struggled with in life is being my true self. There is nothing more wonderful than watching this community reach out to those in need, and I personally apply so much of the wisdom dispensed here to my daily life and my world is better for it.

Thanks, truly, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me a space in which to be myself so that I could start to practice that state of being and translate it to the real world. Y'all are peaches, and when I am a bit braver, I will be so excited to meet you at an IRL meetup someday.
posted by These Birds of a Feather to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 PM (29 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Happy anniversary! You can always do the cheating thing where you put your location into your profile just long enough to see who is in your area and then see if it's anyone you know and maybe just have a mini-meetup. I am glad you like it here and that it's been useful for you.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:17 PM on June 14, 2013


The second anniversary is cotton. Matt wears briefs. Don't ask me how I know.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:40 PM on June 14, 2013 [10 favorites]


And thank you for being here too and being one of the minds that makes up the hivemind.
posted by cairdeas at 10:56 PM on June 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


I've only been here 2 seconds myself, but just wanted to stop by and say that this is a sweet post.

You're one of the posters whose opinions I look forward to, so thanks for your contributions. :)
posted by Salamander at 11:14 PM on June 14, 2013


Note: Everyone needs a hug

Now go buy the t-shirt!
posted by infini at 11:21 PM on June 14, 2013


You are an owl, and thus will always be welcome here.
posted by mykescipark at 11:23 PM on June 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Heh, my 2-year anniversary of my 2nd username is coming up soon, too. Fun! Congrats on sticking around. Of course I have no idea where you live but if you ever happen to be in SLC, Utah for any reason and want to do the Most Non-threatening Meetup Ever I would be glad to host it. Even from an established safe-distance of 100 paces or whatever makes you comfy.

Also we have excellent street tacos have I mentioned how good the street tacos in SLC, Utah are ooh and tamales
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:51 PM on June 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


The second anniversary is cotton. Matt wears briefs. Don't ask me how I know.

Pics or it didn't happen.
posted by homunculus at 12:44 AM on June 15, 2013


This place is a sanctuary for me too. Why? Because there's NO PICTURES.
posted by telstar at 2:04 AM on June 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


There used to be pictures! But apparently pictures of crapping elephants are FROWNED UPON in this ESTABLISHMENT.
posted by Justinian at 2:22 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you think pictures of crapping elephants are FROWNED UPON, you should see the stinkeye you get when your elephant needs to go potty while you're here.
posted by ambrosen at 3:42 AM on June 15, 2013


On a non-elephant-related tangent, thanks back atcha, TBoaF. The renewal of MeFi's membership with interesting people is one of the best aspects of this place.
posted by ersatz at 4:39 AM on June 15, 2013


Glad this place is a sanctuary for you. It took me ages to get up the nerve to go to a meet up because you are all so clever and I was intimidated, but they're fun and no-one has yet turned out to be a dog with no pants on.
posted by arcticseal at 5:07 AM on June 15, 2013


Heh. I missed my 6th mefiversary on may 30th. Also my parents just informed me that my wife and I both missed our 11th wedding anniversary on June 1. So, ya.

With god as my witness I'll never ever miss my mefiversary again. Or that other one.
posted by chasles at 6:03 AM on June 15, 2013


I lurked for four years before I finally had the confidence to make an account -- I think it was the FPP about Original Law & Order getting canceled? I lost my shit -- and I think everyone alive should know that participating in MetaFilter is WAY more fun than just reading MetaFilter. I come here everyday, it's like brushing my teeth or something - so integral that I feel "off" if I don't do it. I learn a LOT, and it's soooo nice to have MeFi to come back to when I'm surrounded by people that are not very interested in discussing anything beyond their day-to-day lives. And going to my first meetup was a huge deal for me, because reasons - but everyone was lovely.


because I feel like here is where I started to really let myself be authentic about my thoughts and concerns, and for that I am grateful, because the thing I have always struggled with in life is being my true self.

So wonderfully said!
posted by polly_dactyl at 8:53 AM on June 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Hey, thanks to you for being a contributing member, yourself. Last bastion of sanity and reasonable discourse* on the web.

*with important exceptions for varying qualities of sanity and reason
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:54 AM on June 15, 2013


Welcome home kid.

Stick around, it's a nice place. Food's lousy and the sex is predictable, but it gets cleaned regularly.
posted by timsteil at 11:10 AM on June 15, 2013


Belated Happy MeFiversary.

And (((((HUGS))))).
posted by Michele in California at 12:39 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've been here twelve years. My MetaFilter puberty is starting. That's what all the periods represent.

.
posted by ColdChef at 12:41 PM on June 15, 2013 [13 favorites]


Yes, visiting MeFi every day is a lot like brushing your teeth, which thanks to MeFi we all do standing on one foot.

MetaFilter: Home of Well-balanced Flamingos With Sparkly Smiles.
posted by Corvid at 2:24 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


After 2 years of being here, I want to say thank you. You have given me so much.

Don't mention it.
posted by y2karl at 4:42 PM on June 15, 2013


I personally apply so much of the wisdom dispensed here to my daily life

That's the hard part! If you can do that, you are ahead of the game.
posted by headnsouth at 5:41 PM on June 15, 2013


Oh yay! I lurked on my partners account for years before getting the guts to become active. I've learned more from this site, and this site has felt more like family, than almost any other place I've been.
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:14 PM on June 15, 2013


Metafilter is an important part of my life, too. I'm glad you found a home here. Note: Everyone needs a hug. {hug} I'll try to come back later and add some snark, just for balance.
posted by theora55 at 6:08 AM on June 16, 2013


Even in the relatively caring confines of MeFi I think it's pretty ballsy to admit out loud on the big, dumb internet that you went through a hard time. Well done. I am honestly happy that you are happier, and this is a swell post.
posted by mintcake! at 6:48 AM on June 16, 2013


which thanks to MeFi we all do standing on one foot

Was it here that someone suggested building ankle strength/balance by standing on one foot while brushing your teeth? Because if so, thanks! It does seem to be working.
posted by EvaDestruction at 8:49 AM on June 16, 2013


[I've seen it mentioned here and there, but MeFi is where I first read about Dynamic Flamingo Therapy.]
posted by Corvid at 12:26 PM on June 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lovely post. Glad to hear the site has helped, and I feel much the same way. I start to get a nervous tic if I haven't had my MeFi "fix" in 2-3 days. Some really amazing people here.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 9:52 PM on June 16, 2013


These Birds of a Feather, I really enjoy the contributions you make here and I hope you continue to make them for a long time to come. Glad to hear you have gotten a lot out of the site since you have put so much in yourself.
posted by futureisunwritten at 9:17 AM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


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