With college looming on the horizon (HILLTOPPERS BABY! WKU!), I've found myself contemplating the past almost as much as I've been contemplating the future. I've had the tearful goodbyes with the teachers whose classes I'll never take again and the students whose goofy antics I'll only have a month or so left to see. I've laid awake every night, just thinking about the man I've become. I wonder if that man will stay the same during college. Oddly enough, while a lot of my thoughts are the girls I've never talked to, or the great times I've had with my friends, one surprising thing my mind comes back to is collecting-and if I can keep doing it. Now, let's be realistic-I highly doubt I can keep collecting in college. Between school work, a social life, and hopefully a job, I doubt I can find the time OR the space. I'll also have to budget my money carefully-toys are great, but eating is better. Finally, it'll be awkward explaining this to my roommate, or whatever girls I bring back to my room. Which brings me to another part-I am a VERY insecure kid. Maybe everyone is insecure at my age, and they're just really good at hiding it, but damn it, I care way too much about my outward image. Only a SMALL group of my friends know I collect TF's, because I've always been afraid of being labelled as a "geek" and socially shunned. With any luck, that'll change as my age increases and my Give-A-Fuck decreases, but for now, it'll stay my dirty little secret. So, with college, I plan on taking a break from collecting. My question to you guys is-have you ever taken a break from collecting? Did your interest die down over time? Did you get collecting blue balls, where you were so happy when you finally bought a new toy? If you've ever experienced this, please let me know. I'll close with this-all of you guys kick major ass. I've been through a lot during high school-mainly this last year-but the one thing that was always there for me was Transformers. When I was getting my ass kicked and being teased in Freshman year, I could always go home and watch one of Peaugh's or Baltmatrix's reviews. When I went through a Sophomore year so boring I hardly remember it, I could always drum up excitement by popping in ROTF. And my Junior year might have been so great because I was so happy that I finally got to see my heroes onscreen again in DOTM. Even in my Senior year, when I was questioning the man I wanted to be and doing things Freshman me would never do, even when I was wondering if these new friends I made actually liked me, I always could come home to an accepting and kick-ass community here on the boards. I could never make it to Botcon (fingers crossed that I show up soon though!), but me and my dad were able to make it to every Slagacon-which incidentally, happened for only four years, which was every year I was in high school. My face lit up with joy every time I went to one-I didn't have to put on a front like in school just to get by socially. I could always be myself, and discuss my passion with people who loved it as much, and sometimes more, than I do. You guys are so much better than any feigning high school clique I won't even remember come next December. No matter how many times you irk me, I'm glad to be a part of one of the most accepting fanbases ever. If there was a brofist emoticon, this is where I'd put it. And I'd tell you to bump it.