I saw the post that you are referencing regarding if BPL is your life, you have a problem.
I took that remark to be made half in jest and half serious.
That said, please don't take it literally or personally!
You are the pain in the butt that keeps BPL honest and often what you say has merit.
Again, I might not agree with everything, but I know that in your heart it is simply because you care and you want BPL to be better than it is and to keep their promises.
I too have been frustrated wtih BPL.
I have made what I thought were very constructive and well thought out suggestions and only heard the silence of the wind in reply.
I am not as active on BPL as I used to be, but I am still here for the community that has given me so much and allowed me to take the trips/adventures that I have been on.
You should be proud of what YOU have done here.
YOU have helped bridge the gap between what is just an online community to make it something special where people meet in the real world to cement friendships that last because they have come to meet in real life at the GGGs.
I know that you are modest, but there would not be a GGG today without you because you are the magnet that draws others to want to help you make the GGG happen.
Think of all the backpacking trips that might not have happened with people who meet at the GGG....memories for a lifetime to talk about.
Your enthusiasm HERE on BPL is what helps make the GGG happen.
Heck, you get excited about the next GGG right after the last one is finished.
If you leave BPL silent of your voice we will all be poorer for it.
BPL will be poorer for it and if they don't appreciate you for what you contribute, the heck with them!
You have told me that over the years the GGG and BPL has given a lot to you. It has brought you out of your shell and made you be more socialable when you really are not.
It has made you better and your presence has enriched all of us who know you online and in person.
Maybe BPL should not be your LIFE, but is can be your FAMILY.
Family cares about each other, even when they disagree and fight. They may not be able to see eye to eye, but family does stick together.
Personal, I am terrible relations with my own biological family, but my family is the one of my making and BPL is part of that constructed family.
So please reconsider....take the time you need, if you want to, give yourself some space, but I hope that your reasons for your leaving are the right ones for YOU and not because of some misguided posting on BPL.
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