Wow! Thank you all so much! It’s really flattering that my poems have resonated with so many of you; I was nominated not one, not two, but four times! All by different people! So, I owe a special thanks to Wh1skeySwagger, sunsettown, Vamps, and NANCY_RDZ_STORIES… each who liked my poems enough to nominate one of them! Also, thank you so much to everyone who voted! You guys are awesome, and it’s an incredible esteem booster to attain such an honor as this.
As people who have known me for a while will probably know, I actually took a break from poetry and this website for a bit. I was working a dead-end job, I had some family issues going on, my confidence was down – I felt uninspired and depressed. I’d get on DUP occasionally, but just long enough to read a small bit of poetry, or to check my notifications, but nothing like it used to be. I even had a 3-month period where I didn’t write at all… I was feeling pretttty low. I’d write little things, but I’d end up being overly critical of myself, convincing myself it was no good… and ultimately trashing it.
In December, I got laid off my job, and I started becoming more active in the community again; after about a week, between reading others amazing poetry, receiving great feedback on my own, and the great energy that this community exudes, I felt rejuvenated! I am inspired again, and my dry spell is broken… all thanks to the beautiful and inspiring members of this community!
Heck, I’m back to writing almost a poem a day, and it’s directly correlated to being back in touch with this wonderful community! My biggest problem along the way has been my self-confidence, and this supportive community has worked wonders to bring me out of my shell; it’s kind, creative, and helpful members have been such a catalyst for personal growth and creativity – and I am eternally grateful for that. Thank you all… really! I have no word to describe how grateful I am for all of you here at DUP! You guys are awesome!
Best of all, it makes me so happy to be able to inspire others here! I have seen numerous poems with my username in the description as inspiration… I am truly overjoyed to be able to be a positive influence in another’s writing and expression. It feels great to give back! It really does seem like there is some kind of energy that we pass between each other… a creative spirit perhaps, passed along this seemingly interconnected network of souls we share between us, inspiring each of us along the way. Now, I’m not a very religious person, but I am spiritual, and there is something very special about this community that I can’t put my finger on… Let’s just say, this is where I think I’m meant to be right now!
Thank you, again, everyone… I appreciate the readership and support that each of you has provided! I guess that's it. I think I’ve said all there is to say…
Now, I have a fuzzy feeling inside 😊