I've been going through old text boards, image boards, bulletin boards, forums, and their associated archives. Any I could remember ever visiting and many I never knew that come to existence and uncountable more that slipped out of existence without notice. I looked at archives people have desperately made to salvage these moments in digital space so that their ghosts could continue to linger even when those who tried no longer minds them. Conversations as frivolous as possible and more important than one could ever understand. I miss them, those who I never really knew. Theirs' was a warm kindness and theirs' was a painful poison. As though children's laughter echoing across an empty field where our playground had once lay. It is another year and things I've cherished comes to be a year further gone and with those newly lost to join them in age. To all that was thank you for coming into being.
It's nice to remember memories from the past, but at the same time, I think it's important to make new memories too, instead of being one of those people who only talks about the "good old days."
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