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D'aaaw. Kev is growing up. emotion_kirakira

Let's see how Gaia influenced me...... well I volunteer for them.

Hehe, hardly.

I suppose you can't have much disdain at all if you volunteer for them. xD Or maybe you can, but that'd be a little strange.

How's life been?


If I did I wouldn't be telling it in a public thread. surprised

I'm good. I'm not even at my school. I'm an hour south at another one spending the 3 day weekend with a high school friend.
You do realize that you're practically God here right?

Debatable. rofl
That's just what the ED is for!
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D'aaaw. Kev is growing up. emotion_kirakira

Let's see how Gaia influenced me...... well I volunteer for them.

Hehe, hardly.

I suppose you can't have much disdain at all if you volunteer for them. xD Or maybe you can, but that'd be a little strange.

How's life been?


If I did I wouldn't be telling it in a public thread. surprised

I'm good. I'm not even at my school. I'm an hour south at another one spending the 3 day weekend with a high school friend.
You do realize that you're practically God here right?

Debatable. rofl
That's just what the ED is for!

New discussion: Is Shir baby(Shirlox) God on here?

Note: The biased 'shir baby' nickname affects the discussion a little bit but just ignore it.

Edit: I read ED and I thought erectile dysfunction before extended discussion. Fail.
I didn't really care about turning 21. I drank somewhat before, but my mom let me. I never started drinking till I was 17, and even then I only drank casually for a couple years. The only thing that really was different is that I can go into the store with my friends when they buy alcohol and I can get into places that are having concerts that are 21+

Gaia's only influence on my life is being a source of frustration that I can't get rid of. But I do enjoy Gaia. I get bashed a lot for my opinions because I am kind of ignorant. Gaia is helpful because no one holds back, and even if their wording is harsh, I can usually learn something. There's a lot of information out there but I had a complicated childhood that is almost like I missed entire portions of my life that somehow gave everyone else this common sense knowledge that people pick on me for not knowing.
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ll Shuyin ll
Hello Gaians,

In about 6 hours is my 21st birthday. I am incredibly 'angsty' right now since my friends are throwing a big party in my single studio apartment in Downtown Atlanta at 9 PM Eastern and I can't seem to get any work done or just do anything but sit here and think about finally turning 21.

I was born in South America but moved to the United States when I was about 4 years old and grew up here. The age of 21 is a big deal for society here. The biggest reason, at least for me, is that 21 years old is the legal drinking age and certain party scenes don't allow you to attend unless you're 21. Running around from 18-21 binge drinking whenever I could and wanted to, using fake IDs and friends to buy alcohol, it just kindof became a lifestyle. The thought of being able to do all this on my own really became a dream. I ended up becoming a borderline alcoholic(or at least that's what you get of me for his discussion's sake) that is somehow still highly successful, but to this day I'm not entirely sure how it all happened or how I did it. If I could see this from a top down event based system, it could help, but I just think in time and confuse myself.

I'm beginning to rant, but basically I've always been independent and this is something I needed others to provide for me so it always bugged me and I just wanted these shackles off so badly. Now they are coming off and I just feel so... bored, really. Anyway, this is all some background info(sort of) but this leads into something I wanted to discuss:

1. How did you feel when you turned 21?


No different than I did when I was 20. Except that I spent the first few hours of it in a casino.

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2. How did things change for you, if at all, when you turned 21?


They didn't, aside from the ability to drink and gamble, legally. Which I've never done in excess, anyway.

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3. If you drank a lot before being of legal drinking age(in the States), how did this affect you?


I didn't drink a lot then, I don't now.

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The other thing I want to discuss is: While sitting here, one thing led to another and I ended up on Gaia to pass some time. That's only odd because I usually don't ever go on here anymore and when I do, it's for maybe a few minutes. But here's the catch, I've been on Gaia for 9 years. I still remember being in my 6th or 7th grade computer class learning about and going on Gaia while the teacher thought. (I guess if I had worked on typing like everyone else I wouldn't be an almost professional engineer that types with primarily only his two index fingers)

Point is, I grew up with it, I spend countless hours a day, a week, a year, in this community. People I've met on here virtually have influenced my life in one way or another and it's just really incredibly. I even met a girl I feel really in love with for 4 years on here. I grew up with her, really. I have so much animosity for this site, but I know my time here really helped shape me into the person I have become today.

Okay, "point is", for real this time:
1. How has Gaia influenced your life?


It's helped me see the world beyond my regional borders. And sharpen my logical analysis skills. Even made a few friends.

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2. Are there times when you wish you never learned about this site or invested so much time here? If you could go back, would you stop yourself? Or let yourself join.


Nope. I regret nothing.

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3. Are there any things about how Gaia has influenced you that you would like to talk about?


Not specifically.

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Any personal anecdotes that you'd like to share? I'm basically just trying to reflect and discuss and share experiences with other users.

Sorry if this is so worthy, it wasn't supposed to be. xD


Just relax. You're turning 21. It's no different than any other birthday you've ever had, except a few more gates open up. For most people, the LAST gates. The sole exceptions being for those with an interest in a political career, in which case they must wait 4 more years to begin their career. And 10 more after that, to be President. After that? Nothing of value.
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D'aaaw. Kev is growing up. emotion_kirakira

Let's see how Gaia influenced me...... well I volunteer for them.

Hehe, hardly.

I suppose you can't have much disdain at all if you volunteer for them. xD Or maybe you can, but that'd be a little strange.

How's life been?


If I did I wouldn't be telling it in a public thread. surprised

I'm good. I'm not even at my school. I'm an hour south at another one spending the 3 day weekend with a high school friend.
You do realize that you're practically a King here right, why speak with us commoners?

I only handle reports, aside from that I'm a normal user like everyone else.
Happy 21st! I was also very bored with my 21st. I didn't drink much before then, and now I only drink when im at a resturant or with friends. so other than the sort of bench mark age it wasn't a very exciting bday for me. im among the oldest in my group of friends so it was pretty low key.
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1. How has Gaia influenced your life?

I learned(and still do) a lot about how people work here. I've grown up in a small town with a lot of cohesion, so pretty much all our opinions are alike. Also, having joined this site at the tender age of 10, I got most of my sex education here Haha

2. Are there times when you wish you never learned about this site or invested so much time here? If you could go back, would you stop yourself? Or let yourself join.

I'd join in a heartbeat.

3. Are there any things about how Gaia has influenced you that you would like to talk about? Any personal anecdotes that you'd like to share? I'm basically just trying to reflect and discuss and share experiences with other users.

There was a time when I spent most of my time on here socializing, but that's sorta out the window. All the people I grew close to here have gradually become memories. Which is a shame, cause they did influence me in the crucial time between childhood and my teenage years.

Hell, the first guy I ever truly had a crush on was on this site. Getting over him was a lot more safe here than if I had thrown my pre-teen self at some idiot my age in the real world. I've always had a low-self worth so the later could have totally been possible.

So, yeah, I'm kind've a totally loser. xp
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I didn't really care about turning 21. I drank somewhat before, but my mom let me. I never started drinking till I was 17, and even then I only drank casually for a couple years. The only thing that really was different is that I can go into the store with my friends when they buy alcohol and I can get into places that are having concerts that are 21+

Gaia's only influence on my life is being a source of frustration that I can't get rid of. But I do enjoy Gaia. I get bashed a lot for my opinions because I am kind of ignorant. Gaia is helpful because no one holds back, and even if their wording is harsh, I can usually learn something. There's a lot of information out there but I had a complicated childhood that is almost like I missed entire portions of my life that somehow gave everyone else this common sense knowledge that people pick on me for not knowing.


I feel the exact same way as you... except I'm still kinda in my childhood.
Right there with ya, I turned 21 almost a month ago and I've been on here since the 7th grade...
This is my second account, but whatever.

I get on here maybe once every six to eight months, just to check things out and feel nostalgia I guess...

1. How has Gaia influenced your life?
I wasted money on here...once upon a time, I had 4 ancient katanas or whatever they were.
I met a few friends that I still talked to up til about a year ago...but that's it, really.

2. Are there times when you wish you never learned about this site or invested so much time here? If you could go back, would you stop yourself? Or let yourself join.
I don't think I would join up if I had a second chance. So much time and money was invested into the site and for what, to get verbally raped every time you voiced your opinion or gave solid facts. Annnd since they added all these silly evolving items and premium items it hasn't been worth being on in my opinion. Back in the day when you only started off with peasant clothing and actually had to work hard to get anything haha.
But, that's just my opinion. It is what it is.

3. Are there any things about how Gaia has influenced you that you would like to talk about? Any personal anecdotes that you'd like to share? I'm basically just trying to reflect and discuss and share experiences with other users.
Nah. When I was on here I roleplayed mostly, so like I said, made a few friends...but I stopped getting on after I broke up with my long term high school boyfriend a few years back; he was ALWAYS on here and I got so fed up with his internet life and gaming I broke up with him. That and he was abusive as hell but life goes on.
Mostly, I've learned to just not care. Yup.
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I reached my drinking peak before I turned 21, a few months before my 21st birthday I realized (after not drinking for quite awhile) people will be expecting my to drink on my birthday, I better get my tolerance up so I don't hurt myself. xp

Drinking bores me these days.
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I'm 19. I don't like the taste of alcohol, so turning 21 won't be a big deal for me. Not really a drinker here.

As for how Gaia influenced me, well... Gaia was the first non-restrictive online social community that I've joined. There were a few other websites I was at before Gaia, but you weren't allowed to discuss political or religious issues at either. Gaia was the first place that I was really exposed to alternate points of view. Sure, I knew there were people who supported gay marriage rights and abortion rights, but I never got to hear WHY. I learned some basic debate and argument skills, and I was encouraged to question religious leaders.
Have you gone through the mandatory rituals? By 17, you should kill your first pedestrian in your Taurus. By 19, you'd be expected to shoot your first Arab. By 21, then, it would be a crime against humanity not to let you drink away the two former.
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I didn't really care about turning 21. I drank somewhat before, but my mom let me. I never started drinking till I was 17, and even then I only drank casually for a couple years. The only thing that really was different is that I can go into the store with my friends when they buy alcohol and I can get into places that are having concerts that are 21+

Gaia's only influence on my life is being a source of frustration that I can't get rid of. But I do enjoy Gaia. I get bashed a lot for my opinions because I am kind of ignorant. Gaia is helpful because no one holds back, and even if their wording is harsh, I can usually learn something. There's a lot of information out there but I had a complicated childhood that is almost like I missed entire portions of my life that somehow gave everyone else this common sense knowledge that people pick on me for not knowing.


I feel the exact same way as you... except I'm still kinda in my childhood.


lol, I still feel like a child. My childhood was messed up and somehow now that I'm supposed to be an adult I'm more like...the child I never got to be when I was younger. But mentally its different. I'm "wise" in the sense that I have okay decision making skills and good morals, but I'm not academically intelligent, and I'm very ignorant of social issues 'cause, well, it was hard for me to worry about what was going on in the world when I was wondering if I would even make it to being an adult. I'm catching up though.
I use Gaia to help me catch up. Obviously I still have do research on things but there's so much out there and I can't know it all, so internet forums help me narrow down what's important, what's going on in the world, and what I need to learn more about. It's a love/hate relationship now. lol.
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You've spent this long on gaia D:

You poor, poor soul. : P
Gaia gave me a place to fit in when I felt I didn't really have anywhere.

I was most active on this site during middle school (Just turned 17 in January), and during MS I was extremely insecure and depressed. At times I didn't even want to look in the mirror because I hated how I looked. My brother also passed away when I was in 5th grade, and I had to be strong for my family, and it matured me way past a lot of my friends and schoolmates. I also didn't really have "friends", and so I came on Gaia. I met one girl named Kinju and we ran a profile shop together where I designed and she coded, and it really helped me find somewhere to be myself in when in real life I felt like an outcast. She was a cosplayer. And it's cool because I think I annoyed her but she still would chat with me on AIM and things :3

I also went on Solia Online as well!

On Solia I was friends with Xanurel and Zombie.Panda, me and Zombie would play Halo together over Xbox Live. No idea what happened to her, though o.o Just lost touch. I also want to mention Ammonium (Kam! :]), he taught me how to exchange and would help me with english papers and stuff.

Gaia and Solia both gave me a place of belonging while growing up, and I don't know what I would have done without them.

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