Earlier I was sitting around thinking of how much my life has changed in a year. Less than a year, even.
A year ago I was finishing up my first year in college and didn’t know what tumblr was.
A year ago, I didn’t know anybody on here. I didn’t even know you all existed. That’s weird to think about. I officially started using tumblr about July but I wasn’t addicted. I didn’t follow many people, I didn’t have any friends on here and it was all just boring. I was wondering why people even spent time on here.
And then I started seeing stuff about Tiger and Bunny show up. I had no clue what it was about, but all the fanart made me interested. So I looked up Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and saw posts made by this amazing Kotetsu rper. It made me fall in love with the character and I immediately started watching. I remember that all I wanted was to be able to have a conversation with the rper, so I made an Ivan Karelin account. I figured I’d maybe follow one or two people and still just admire that Kotetsu rper from afar.
And I was fine with that.
But then I got these two followers, and two turned into three and before I knew it, I had 30 followers, all rp blogs. I didn’t know what to say. I did my best to rp Ivan and just had fun.
And then the most wonderful person messaged me and asked if I’d like to be the Ivan to her Keith. I was ecstatic. And from there I gained confidence to talk to other people. I still hid behind Ivan, but it was always fun to rp with other people. There was a little bit where I felt kind of outcasted, because there was already a T&B family, they all seemed to know each other and rped well together. But they welcomed me in and even the other Ivan rper seemed happy to have me, even though I was terrified she’d want me to leave because I was butting in on her territory.
I look back on some of the first conversations I had with people and I wonder how I even became friends with some of them. Like, how could they want to put up with me? I was fangirly and weird and nerdy.
And then I got to rp with the Kotetsu rper I admired so much. When I first rped with him, I never thought we would become the friends we are today. He is and always be my hero.
I think maybe the oddest thing that people have said is that they actually liked how I rped Ivan. That they thought I was doing a good job and when people would fangirl when I would follow them. Not gonna lie, that made me really happy.
From there I expanded, rping as a young Yuri first, then older Yuri, to h-16 Theo’s partner, and finally Badman.
And I look at the friendships I’ve gained from all of those and how close I’ve become to some people, it amazes me.
A year ago I never would have thought I would have met such wonderful people. I never would have imagined that people I admire so much would become great friends. I never even thought I would end up falling for someone through the internet. That was actually like the last thing I wanted to do, having seen a good relationship fail because of distance.
But it’s all happened and I’m so grateful to all my friends, to people who still like my Ivan account and are still looking forward to me rping on there again one day.
Thank you to everyone for making my life so much better in this past year.