It has been quite a long time since I was here last. In all honesty, it makes me feel nostalgic even though it has not been that long.
I joined CA through a friend of mine at college where I studied Art, and we started uploading our work. Even though he was much better at it than I was, we still were great friends.
That is, until I stopped.
This happened during my second year of college: A death of a family member, and the chaos that ensued. Among the heartache of loss, there was a matter to deal with the ownership of the land that the person owned, a land that which my family and I have lived on for quite a long time. The problem was, there was no official Will, so everything (including the land) was essentially up for grabs.
After a drawn-out fight between our family and the brother-in law's family, we finally had our land back, but it was not the same.
I went into a deep depression. I never talked to anyone, nor did I want to.
My grades slipped, so did the grants that funded my stay.
I withdrew, hoping to return after I have gotten myself together.
Things have gotten better since then. I have a full-time job that helps cover the loans from college, still dreaming of returning to finish what I had started.
I still draw, just not as well as I once did.
I guess I am starting over from square one again. Feels strange, yet familiar to be here again.
Also, to my friend:
If you are still here, forgive me.