Alright, so I'm mostly writing this to get that new birthday badge, but I think it's still something nice to share.
I feel like DA has helped me in a lot of ways. I was always a creative type, so naturally I ended up here. I mostly used to just browse it in high school. It wasn't until college that I took the leap and became a member.
In college I'd considered becoming an art major, but I felt that going into Environmental Science would enable me to help the world more. Sadly I had trouble finding a job in that field and became a plushie-maker in the meantime. I constantly felt like a failure for not putting my degree to use, but the DeviantArt community helped me to realize that art was my true calling after all. When I used to have a full-time job as a lab tech, I'd still find myself drawing stuff half the time (not a wonder I got laid off some months later...) But I really do think that if I had a full-time job now that wasn't art-related, I'd feel like I was wasting my life. Even though I don't seem especially prolific here on DA, making things is what gets me up in the mornings (*coughafternoonscough*) and knowing that my items are out there in the world making other people happy makes me happy too.
If it weren't for DA, I'm not sure what I'd be doing. All I know is that I'm extremely grateful for all the comments and faves you've given me over the years, because it's provided me with a feeling of self-worth as an artist and as a person.
Plus the deviations I see on here are consistently inspiring me to improve my skills and explore other mediums, so keep up the awesomeness, guys!
Oddly, DA is the place I'm most social on out of sites like Facebook, Tumblr, etc. I'm happy anytime you guys drop by and say something. Without DA, I'd feel a lot lonelier, so that's another benefit of this site. I feel like a great chunk of my identity is contained in this account, so I'd be incredibly sad if DA ever erased itself forever. This is where I learned to appreciate my own talents and where I made new friends that share my interests.
I feel like I'm rambling now, but that's the gist of my DeviantArt story.