Ended up meeting and getting to know people I otherwise wouldn't have and I'm glad I did. People whose perspectives I value and appreciate. Can't say someone's dropped a supreme line of knowledge on me though. But there's still time.
Certainly meeting and interacting with some interesting people here has greatly affected me. And in turn I've seem to have affected many people as well, since people keep saying how enriched they feel after interacting with me or reading my posts.
Somewhat. I have been much more "real" here than in real life. IRL, I am really emotionally detached (monotone, bland personality) and have my walls up so in some ways, this site lets me tap into myself more.
I get common sense when my head/thoughts are darting a million miles in each direction and i need to apply the brakes. I appreciate that immensely.
I enjoy the close proximity i share with a selected few and even take heed to the opinions of those who i think are fucking assholes. Who am i to judge, lol.
This has been a great stepping stone for me but i no longer get my fix from questions raised here .. That comes from elsewhere. I suppose i want to delve deeper.
“I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see—and I don't.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe
I identify with the questions of many different posters at many different times, but rarely with the answers.
I must say the only comfort I found here was that there are other weird people out there, but I didn't necessarily found pearls of wisdom that helped me become any better. What doesn't kill you only makes you stranger, I guess.
The biggest effect this forums has had on me is making me feel like there is something wrong with me. I remember the joy of anticipation in getting to exchange ideas with fellow ENFPs. It quickly dissipated.
My own posts have affected me. Posting and then seeing them in live new posts, forgetting they are mine, they have affected me greatly. Sometimes, browsing old threads, I am filled with a deep feeling of both inspiration and alienation when I stumble upon a post I relate to instantly only to find it was me that posted it.