Today marks my one year anniversary on the forum, but I do not celebrate it out of shallow accomplishment but over the endurance I picked up against the extreme hardships of myself.
I got my very first sub in Dec 21, 2018 and later joined the community on Feb 13, 2019 without knowing what I was doing at the time (lmao). Initially I realized this was an IF forum, with many answers, tips, tricks and more that continues to shape my IF pilot. I met many like-minded users, which unlike real life, I could comfortably socialize with.
Then high school rolled around and I found myself battling time and my life. As the year went on, I found it increasingly difficult to master the balance between IF, school, and my other life.
When the world tried and tries to dispose me, turns my world upside down, drain my self-esteem and mental stamina, take my real life friends from me, leave me in complete darkness…
I know that I have a community of real, authentic friends to retreat to. These friends are reliable, trustworthy, kind, smart, humorous…enough to repair my soul to face the hardships of life. I have never felt a more stronger bond between the amazing population that roam around here and myself.
The forum became a second home to me. I felt the freedom to speak for my mind, where as in the life I live in, that didn’t feel real at all. Many days, almost no one seemed to notice me; I even called myself a ghost because it seemed as if people looked through me. Even though I was unique, I was unique enough to be doing other things no one else did in my school. I often felt lonely due to that reason.
The loneliness would cease to exist when I arrive at the community. Every day, I could get myself to hop into a fun conversation, and talk and talk…the community distracts me from my troubles that constantly pester me. I know the community is composed of some of the greatest minds on the planet that support each other…I was positively affected by the magic of the IFC; it simply made me happier from my serious nature.
Even in the most chaotic times of my life, the community has always been there for me, to support me (and everyone else). When I’m on the verge of mentally breaking down, the forum is all that keeps me in one piece and gets me through.
I must admit, Infinite Flight has dominated a place in my heart. Sometimes, I feel independently strong enough to recognize myself as more unique, not odd.
When my heart is heavy, when I am not smiling, when my stubborn and cold-hearted nature begins to take over, the first thing I think about is Infinite Flight and the community. All the achievements I’ve made, all the friends, all the flying. The community gets me up back onto my feet, even when all appear to be lost.
But most importantly:
The community gave me something to believe in.
Whenever I am active in the servers, the steam just rushes out from my brain and it’s just a calming sense when you are 30000+ft from a gnarly world.
I will forever be in debt of the hope the IFC has flown into me.
You guys are some of the best friends for…everything, probably the best friends for a lifetime. To describe your awesomeness will exceed pages.
I give all my thanks to everyone in IFATC, IFAET and across the VAs and VOs I’m in. I also owe a massive debt to everyone aross these groups, for it was they who I found teamwork, friendship, and funny moments that color my (already) gray inside.
Of course, everyone in the community is such an extraordinary friend. This is a debt that is unpayable. Friendship.
Thank you, Danke, Gracias, 谢谢, and Merci, Infinite Flight community.