The older faces remember me and the new ones haven't a clue. That is why I am writing this. To let old friends know where I have been
and the new ones to get to know me.
I joined FA quite a few years back and loved it here. The most fun I had ever had. I met so many new people and had a blast gaming with them.
After a while, I had a few heart attacks, but then had a massive heart attack. I ended up having an emergency quadruple bypass.
I didn't let it stop me though, I tried to hang out and play as much as I could.
But not long after, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and my health crashed.
I was already dealing with extensive nerve damage and this put everything over the top.
For those of you who do not know, CHF causes fluid to build around your heart and in that process your heart struggles as it beats and
the fluid build up causes your lungs to also fill which makes it hard to breathe and in turn causes things like, Upper Respiratory Infection, Flu, Pneumonia and so on.
Because of this, I took time off from gaming and focused on my family.
My health continued to go south but at the same time, I had my first 2 grandchildren. They changed my life, caused me to want to live and I decided
from then on out, I would do whatever it took to live and see them grow up.
Right in the middle of all this I had another heart attack, I had a 90% blockage and as I was having the heart attack, it caused me to have a stroke.
I spent quite some time in the hospital trying to get better and only about 3 or 4 weeks ago, I got out.
I decided I would enjoy my grandchildren and my favorite past time, playing games.
Well, that is what brought me back around here. I decided, I would come and try to have some fun with my old friends and hopefully make a few new ones.
I don't know how long I have left, or what God has in store for me, but I plan on living life as full as I can, doing the things that make me happy.
I will be around as much as I can and try to help out where I am able. It feels good to be home and hopefully I will be able to stick around this time.
I know I think about this alot, and I know some of you all do too, I have conversations with quite a few members as to what their goals, and plans were, as far as their future with FA is concerned. I don't think there is another topic that asks this question, so I thought I would. And so to start us off, I will go first, and hopefully this will catch on, and others will do so too.. Besides, it is good for leaders and higher ups to see where you stand, and I am sure will help us all when it comes to promoting, and putting people in the right places..
I joined FA almost 2 years ago, I was playing ET and found the Silent server, and starting playing there. The first thing I notices was how nice the members were, and how eager they seemed when it came to helping me out, or giving me advice. So I played there for a while, I wasn't very good, but I started to get to know the member better, and I was totally impressed with their willingness to help others with game play, graphics issues, configs, and so on. And that got me wandering what this community was all about.
I decided to hit the forum and sign up, and see what all the fuss was about. It didn't take long for me to figure out the rest off the community were just as nice, just as helpful, and really welcomed a stranger to their forum with open arms. So unlike most of you, who were invited to apply for actually membership, I was not, but it didn't stop me from wanting to be a part of this awesome community, and maybe in the future, be able to help people like me, as much as FA had helped me.
It took a few months, and then I was finally accepted to trial, which was an awesome feeling. And to shorten the story a bit, not much longer and I was accepted as a full member, which honestly (and some may laugh) was like a dream come true. I was so excited, I was going out and telling people in real life about it. Yeah I was called nerd or geek on several occasions, but I didn't care. Fact was, I am both a nerd and a geek hehe..
It took me a while to find something I could be good at, and/or helpful with in this community. But after a while I found something I liked to do, not that I was good at it, but I sure did enjoy it, and some of the others seemed to like it also, and that was making signatures. Jesus, my first few were terrible, and I knew they were, but people in the community continued to encourage me to keep it up, and keep trying. And so I did, and not to day that my sigs are awesome, but they sure have came a long way since I started hehe.
So this was great, I had found a place in the community where I could be helpful, and actually had a few people request me to do their sigs, which I thought was amazing. I continued to do that, and eventually got put on the GFX Team, which was also great! So not only did we do sigs, we did banners, and all sorts of stuff, which was a great feeling, getting to be so involved.
That continued for quite some time, and then one day I logged on, and noticed I had been promoted again, which totally blew me away, I did not see it coming. When I checked, I noticed I had been promoted to the Recruiting Team! I couldn't believe that the people of FA had enough faith in me to trust me, along with some others to be a part of this team. In my eyes, it was a pretty big deal, going through apps, discussing potential members, or others for promotions, and new levels and such. It was and is an honor to be a part of this.
So that leads me here, where do I see myself in the future with FA. I'm not going to lie, I don't see me as a co-leader. or leader of FA right now, maybe later once I have learned more, and believe me, there are always things to learn in this community, and about being a leader. But once I had become a part of the GFX Team I learned something about myself, I really like to help. I think I am a helper at heart. I love the feeling of being able to fix problems for people, whether it is explaining how to add a sig, or adding a GUID to someones profile, the general help in these forums. Once I had learned that I had set my sights on being a part of the staff. I like what they do, and how they help, and what they do is really important, and don't get me wrong, every job we all have is important, we all help FA to run. And no matter what the title of the level, we are all equal, and we all server a purpose. But to answer the question, that is where I see myself in the future, and what I would like to do..
Feel free to answer this question here in this blog, let us know what your goals and dreams are, and how you would be able to better help this community. Do you see yourself as a leader, co-leader, or even making sigs and banners for GFX Team?
Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you all soon!
Shane A.K.A. Chameleon
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