Big Hugs


Yesterday I received an email from a young man stationed in the Middle East. I won't break confidence or mention his name, but he wrote to tell me how much he enjoys the blog and how it has helped him pass the time during his deployment. I can't begin to tell you how much emails like his mean to me. Words are not enough. Thank you for reading and for your service. It is readers like you that keep me going.

I went over and over today's post, trying to decide what to write. There is a lot of negativity flowing around lately. What really struck me was a conversation I had recently with my wife, who is graciously accompanying me to Fanfest next week. I will spare you the details, but the conversation essentially boiled down to a slight concern she has about "haters" who may also be attending Fanfest. You may not be aware of everything that goes on behind the scenes here at Eveoganda, but my wife is. I tell her everything. And there are some legitimate concerns that we both share. The other side of the coin. You may be ready to dismiss this, but that is because you are not aware of my "stalker", or the threats, or the supposed "parody" accounts, or the apparently jealous blogger, or any of the other things I have to deal with.

You are not aware of them because I don't blog about it. Which is odd given that most of those haters usually throw drama in my face whenever I mention something like this. I'm sure that some of them may even show up in the comments to this post.

So I decided instead that today I would focus on the positive. I'd think about that young man's email and the hundreds of other positive emails, notes, convos and positive energy that surrounds me. And I would lob some much needed and perhaps unexpected hugs at those that seem determined to hate. I don't understand you, but I know that a hug makes everyone feel better. So consider yourselves properly hugged today.

And I'd like to take a moment to also thank each of the incredibly awesome and extremely positive members of Stay Frosty and our brothers and sisters in A Band Apart. It is hard to explain how someone as horrible as I am has managed to gather such a large group of incredible people around them. Weird huh? Thank you all for being the living, breathing and powerful counter-argument to hate. All I ever have to do to dispel any hate hurled at me is simply point at you. Case closed.

Ignorant people confuse "drama" with "story". Haters hate thru a cloud of self-righteous blinders that narrowly focus rage on supposed injustices that are often self-created. Self-imagined. And self-fulfilling. Prophecies of doom upon which they themselves tread. It is sad. But again, it comes with the territory I suppose. We can't have day without night. Good without ebil. And the line between what happens in-game and out-of-game is a hard one for many people to deal with.

So I'm lobbing Big Hug Bombs all over the world today. I'm staying positive. I'm taking a new stance both in-game and out. For the first time EVER I've started blocking people in Local inside Eve, I've never done that before, but it is surprisingly awesome. As soon as anyone says anything negative, boom! Blocked. I like it. And I've started un-following negative people on Twitter and in other areas of the community. Once again, pretty awesome. I'm working hard to distance myself even further from negativity. And if it takes ignoring people, then that is what it takes.

In many ways, the upcoming Fanfest represents a turning point in Eve for me. And I'm feeling very strongly that I need to re-focus on positive energy both in-game and out. And while I have always been an extremely positive person, I've also always been more than ready to fight the good fight. But I'm coming to understand that even good fights are still fights. And maybe sometimes, it is better to just walk away.

Consider yourselves hugged.





18 comments:

  1. hugs doctrine, best doctrine! :)

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  2. As usual, you so appropriate. It's my birthday. No kidding. It's true. As a gift, make a double hug to you wife for me, okay? Happy fanfest pirate. (And save the supers too!)

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    1. And here I thought Anonymous's birthday was every day?

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  3. Rixx, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the possibility that you are sociopathic and as such have surrounded yourself with other sociopaths, such as myself. Perhaps we of ABA are delusional in thinking that we are "normal" mentally healthy individuals when that is not the case.

    Of course, my argument completely invalidates itself because when you are mentally ill, such as a sociopath, you are unable to recognize that you are.

    Anyway, as they say "haters gonna hate" and the only counter to that is love. Love the community, love the ones you surround yourself with and love the haters. Love the haters just to make them hate that much more because they will realize that those, like you, are the better for what you do.

    I don't like hugs though, so *insightful nod* to you and yours.

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    1. Don't get me wrong, I ain't hugging anyone in public! These are virtual hugs.

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    2. Nothing wrong with hugging people in public. I grew up in Brazil where we hug even people we just met.

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  4. *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Notorious pirate and CEO of the infamous corporation Stay Frosty, Rixx Javix, has had a change of heart and in his own words is now firing "Big Hug Bombs" all across New Eden.

    In light of this drastic turn of events and sudden outcry for what can only be considered a cry for help and much needed physical contact - the system of Ishomilken is slated to be renamed "Care-A-Lot" at the next scheduled down-time. Additionally the entire constellation of what currently is known as The Citadel will be changed to "The Kingdom of Caring".

    More to come as this story develops.



    p.s. **hugs**

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  5. Ima do the man thing... Ima hug ya, but I'll be slappin yer back at the same time... ya know, hittin ya too... itsa guy thing.

    Oh and the first thing I thought at the pic above... "Puny human..."

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  6. Don't forget the rest of man hug, Turamarth, you hold the handshake between you while slapping the back.

    *full woman hug* to all you guys.

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    1. Now I'm curious: what is the defining feature of a woman hug?

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  7. Rixx,

    :) I look forward to meeting you in Iceland and cant wait to give you a hug. First rounds on me just as soon as the spammed locator agent points you out.

    Sly

    PS Im secure enough to hug in any manner you are most comfortable with.

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  8. I enjoy your blog a lot. There's no reason you should have haters, its ridiculous.

    *hug*

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  9. My respect to the young man in service.

    And some manly hugs to Rixx. Loving the humour, and loving the wit and loving the art. Keeping the faith.

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