Aros wrote:You know, threads like these are a good reminder that there is so much suffering in the world in so many levels and ways. In the end, we are all brothers and sisters living in this fishbowl called Earth, trying to survive the best we can given the circumstances we find ourselves in. I have yet to meet even one human being who hasn't had to endure some level of suffering whether it be mental, emotional, physical, spiritual or all the above. Some seem to suffer more than others. In the end, it's empathy that reminds you of the human spirit.
I don't know you SharkHawk, outside of these blue walls we call .NET. If we ran into each other at a supermarket, we wouldn't recognize each other nor why would we?
Yet, the opening post in this thread tore me to shreds. It's like my brother or son was writing those words.
I don't have to know you physically, in person, to feel your pain empathically. Here, you're a brother, a member, a friend.
I imagine many others here feel the same.
I admit, I couldn't get through the entirety because of this. Same with the thread about DJToy's dog dying and others. I hope something works for you Shark.
This to me is what the human experience is all about. Todd... I thank you for creating this place, and making it an environment of respect and class. It has attracted so many wonderful people over the years, and I notice that those who don't have hearts of gold lose interest and seem to fade away... but those who truly truly care and "get it" seem to stick around forever and make this place a part of their daily life. It isn't a "message board". This is not even a community. This is a FAMILY. I agree with you Sarlacc about the things others suffer through hurting all of us. We care, because as we read the thoughts and meanderings of others here, we get a sense of them. We get to know them and how they think, and recognize that they are another human being, not just a series of words on a page.
I love this place and would do anything for any of you. I mean that. There was a time where I was a big jerk to people and was always griping about everything. Through it all I was allowed to stay and participate, and when I was at my lowest points, then this place pulled me through.
I think what it boils down to is that it isn't just about the Seahawks. Not even close. This board is about human beings and the relationships we have with each other. The Seahawks are merely the tie that binds us together and brought us here in the first place. It is the friends and support and amazing displays of kindness and thoughtfulness that brings us all back day after day. That is why people from "sports boards" come here and are so amazed. Their "community" is a lot of the opposite of what seahawks.net is. They think it's almost too amazing to be real, and time after time I've heard people say that they wished their team's board was like this. Well... it can be. It's all about what they make of it.
I think that's why we all get so worked up about the Hawks too... because we know how much it hurts the others here when we lose. But we also know that when they win the big one (and it will happen soon), we will be the happiest family in the history of the internet. It will be a day that will be amazing, and wonderful, and just perfect. We've all earned it in some way. I'll know that it is more than just a game. For me, it will be about my father who passed away in 2008 and although he got to see the Hawks in a Superbowl, he never got to see them win one. It will be for the members here who have shared their struggles with all of us, and we will all know that they are celebrating and truly content about a big part of their lives (that unwavering love of our beloved Seahawks). I'll know that somewhere Cheinhill is smiling, and that those of us who have been there since game 1 will have truly gotten our moment in the sun, and those who are just joining the party when they watch the Hawks win that one and decide on that day that they are now a Seahawks fans will have a place to go and a community that will welcome them aboard with open arms.
I am truly grateful for this place, but more than that I am truly grateful for those who embody what this place is all about.
Thank you all. We laugh, we cry, we fight, we make up, we tease, we smile, we support. That is what a family does.