My SanctuaryI first joined EP in 2009. Fell in love immediately. So many people, so many life stories and experiences. I remember that at the very beginning, this place was like another social networking site for me. I mainly focused on making new friends. It was more about that, than about focusing on my own feelings, emotions and thoughts. That came later.
There is a group here "I'm doing more self -examination because of EP". That happened to me, too. I read people's posts and it kept me awake at night, sometimes! I was thinking. Growing. Learning so much here. And I discovered who I am. This knowledge helped me become true to myself. It is such a libarating feeling.
With time, EP has become so much more than just a site where I've met wonderful people. It has become my place, my sanctuary. I've discovered the immense pleasure of expressing myself through writing. Sharing myself with the world. Writing down my thoughts has helped me articulate them even more clearly to myself. EP is like a diary for me. Here, I don't worry too much that my ramblings might be boring. Here, I don't feel detached from the world. And here I can gain a whole new perspective on things, reading other people's stories and comments.
As most of you know, English is not my first language and that gives me even more joy – the fact that I can play with words and 'create' something in a foreign language. It is a challenge too, but what a brilliant one!
My romance with EP still lasts. Sometimes life gets in the way and I have to leave, but I always come back. To find myself when I lose track. To laugh with my friends. To see how we are all connected, no matter how different our experience might be.