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Perhaps I should preface this by stating how little time I've spent on this site compared to some of its other members. It feels so strange to be writing a goodbye letter to it so soon. Yet in that time, how much has changed. Let me paint for you the picture of who I was when I joined. The winter of 15-16 was one of the worst in my life. From mounting pressures at school, to lack of friends, to the strain of the closet, I was a teenager at his breaking point. Years later I still don't believe the depth I had fallen to, barely any energy to clothe myself or go to school, or do anything but nap and sit on my phone. I believe that this site was the first step upwards, a step first forwards after so many steps back. With a new site in its earliest days, I remember the first few days I spent here on Azurilland, back in January of 2016.
Within hours of joining, I sent in my application to join The Southern Island and waited. How scared I was! Would I be accepted? Would people like me? Would they at least tolerate my mere presence? Ah! How elated I was to get an acceptance! I didn't know at the time how welcoming are especially in the clubs section, but in the moment, somehow that acceptance post felt like a rare treasure of worldly renown! That club, TSI would be my home base on Azurilland for my entire span of time here. One of my first posts on the reborn Marriland Forums would my application to the club mirror. I remembered then for the first time in a long time the feeling of giddiness and elation I had at my absolute beginning.
Like TSI, I found people to be welcoming and kind wherever I went. I branched out. I installed Discord and met more and more people there. I felt again the feeling of what it was to have a group of friends, to be able to get out and begin my life again. There were the dramas sure. Those of you who know me well (Ula'ula YKMW Shenanigans whaddup) are sure to remember the stories, the discussions, the attempts at solutions. It's so hard to believe it was almost 2 years ago now (Stakeout Night 11/28/2016 Never Forget. that DL Mask is still on my laptop from the 1 year anniversary)! Though the old servers are long dead now and the people on them I've lost touch with in the bustle of daily life, my time spent and the people I met have an irrefutable claim of authorship over the person I've become today. Those memories will be some I cherish for years to come.
Now, what would a discussion of AZ be without pokemon? My time spent on AZ spanned the era of Gen 7, and what an era it was. My methodology and experience in playing pokemon is unrecognizable now compared to before my time on AZ. I've done forays into challenge runs and found a passion for pokemon breeding, whose club would become another home on the Forums. These forums finally gave me a chance to experience pokemon with a group of other people just as devoted as I am.
What a strange feeling it is to be at the end of it! Only now looking back do I really feel the weight of how long the last two years has been. As I'm sure is obvious, I'm quite the sentimental person! It's so odd to now think of this period of my life as somehow closed. As a person now, I've finally left high school, and I'm off to college and the real world. As I move on, so does Azurilland. Now, it'll be going by an old name made new. The page is flipping and a new chapter will begin on the next. This site has given me so much in my 2 years. Friends, life experience, a topic for a college essay, a place to spend my nights when I had nowhere else to go. Seeing its transition reminds me so much of my own. In some ways it's sad to reflect, but in other ways, it's joyous to see the progress.
It is one of the most pervasive symbols in human culture, the idea of the cycle of ends and beginnings, that the two go hand in hand. Therefore, let me then say goodbye to this site not with sorrow over an ending, but with excitement of the new beginning that follows it. Here's to another chapter soon to come!
-James (FullNutellaAlchemist 01-23-2016 to 08-09-2016; Wigglytuff 08-09-2016 to 08-14-2017;Chandelure 08-09-2017 to 11-08-2018)