Ok so I'm not big on announcements but I just realised that I've pressed send on my 10,000 post well actually 10,002 once I've posted this one to be precise. I arrived here in December 2008 a mess. I was in my mid 20's, a virgin, never even been on a date with a guy. I'd always thought of myself as straight and then suddenly my world had turned upside down, I didn't know where to turn. I'd never even considered signing up to an Internet forum before and to this day I don't know what drove me to that day, but I'm extremely glad I did. I was so embarrassed about the situation I found myself in I just knew that I couldn't talk to my friends about it, at least this way nobody had to know. So I thought for old times sake and because I honestly think most of you don't believe I was ever a confused mess, here is my first post. https://forum.emptyclosets.com/index.php?threads/cant-make-sense.248568/ Technically not my actual first one because I wrote a welcome thread but there was pretty much nothing in it. I have to give a named thank you to @Mirko still going strong. Most of the people who helped me 9 years ago aren't on here anymore and there have been periods where I have been absent or less active but I will forever be in debt to EC and what it gave me, clarity in confusion, friends in loneliness and hope in despair. EC will always have such a special place in my heart even if there comes a time when I am no longer active. I only hope that by hanging around now I can help some others in a way of repaying the help I received. So this is a celebration thread, if anyone had told me on those first days when I was writing those threads that I would be here writing my 10,002 post, with a long term girlfriend, living in a house together I would have laughed and told them to get real. Remember you never know what you can achieve until you try.