I remember myself few years ago telling my fiancée that I wonder why some of the artists I follow stopped being regular here in DeviantArt and I wonder what have happened to them, how life treated them, why didn't they come back? Familiar faces became distant memory and I didn't want to be the one who was left alone. And I remember my mind taking a plunge in deep sombre, mourning for the ones those didn't come back.
Fast forward to present day, as I now sit at my old desk and look back at life, I see I have become one of those who didn't come back here. I remember myself actively participating in the community, especially the ProjectEducate. It used to be a thrill. But then I haven't been on DeviantArt for almost two years. Quite suddenly I left. So now I think maybe I have an answer for my past wonderings. Where do the people go?
Last time I remember, I stopped coming here after an unsuccessful ProjectEducate week. It didn't gather many readers. Maybe that's the first time it made me realise, things that we find obvious, may not be so in future. Our trusted readers didn't come back, they moved on with their life, upgraded their preferences. New faces came and went. Familiar moderators stopped coming. The new authority had very little to do with the rest of us. I left with no hard feeling truly, just suddenly one day I didn't feel the need to log back in. I remember I got myself an internship two years ago and then a job soon after and then another and life got very busy. At the end of the day, I wanted to focus on things that my mind unconsciously holds dearest - my family, my relationship and my hobbies. And thus two years have passed. Now I'm considering to move to another city. That will mean that I will need to uproot my entire life to another place. Maybe I will like the city, maybe not. Maybe I won't need to move at all. I do know millions of people relocate, change jobs; but very few talk about it...
Anyways, so now I think maybe just like me, they moved on to things that were more important to them from the beginning. Maybe they moved to a better platform, a new one or maybe they moved to one that has vital contribution to their career or life. Or maybe they were faced with a tragedy and reorganized priorities over night. And so before they even know, several Springs were gone.
So there is a possibility that those who didn't come back are on the world tour, launching dream jobs or having the best education from the best college: living the best life one can live; or maybe life hasn't been kind to them and they got lost among the billion faces along with their stories. But most probably they moved on with their life, got busy with new and more important priorities in mind, for a better tomorrow.
The lesson is that eventually life will, for better or worse, force you to change your priorities. Something that was valuable yesterday, may not be so a month later. It's like a raging tide. Big or small, the tide will for a certainty move us somewhere forward in life. Otherwise we will be left motionless, dusty like an attic when the rest of the house decorates. So keep your love, your family and yourself closest to heart and let the wind of change bestow upon the rest. Someday maybe we will remember this place and have a hearty grin. Best wishes and prayers for all of you.
Look forward and carry on. It gets easier.
Goodnight-Melbourne signing out. For better.