Let me preface this by stating that my anime knowledge and experience is slightly above n00b, but still quite minimal in comparison to the majority of the attendees of Fanime. That being said, this was the second time I attended Fanime, but the first time I did the entire event from Thursday to Monday. It was an incredible experience for me. I feel like I witnessed something truly special in life.
I was a total outcast growing up, all through school, and always felt socially awkward. It wasn't until I went to my first rave in 1999 that I felt like I belonged somewhere for the first time in my life. It was the first time I ever felt like I was around people who were just like me. The general acceptance and shared interest in everything was so foreign, yet incredibly amazing to me. That right there is something that I thought was lost and assumed I would never witness anything like that ever again... Until this weekend.
I watched so many people, of all ages, and all lifestyles, sharing a common ground. I watched all of these people smiling and enjoying themselves, and looking like they were all great friends who hadn't seen each other in years. I met people that were so fun to be around, it reminded me of what I saw 15 years ago. Regardless of what you're into, or not into, you were all cool as hell. I now have a gigantic list of things I need to check out and learn about, which I cannot wait to start on. I am a bit depressed that the convention is over because it was a reminder of a feeling I never wanted to end in the first place. I wanted to share this with this board because maybe others feel the same way. Maybe there are some that needed to hear or see this. Maybe this will remind someone of there first time and it will bring a smile to their face. Either way, whether it falls on deaf ears or not, I felt the need to share it.
I'm just happy that something exists like this, still. I've been feeling like life has lost all happiness lately. Sometimes it's nice to get cheesed out on life. If you stuck through this whole novel, thank you.
the con was cool... so many feels.