before the command /f existed on mineplex, i was there- playing super paintball for hours everyday as i usually would... i feel like, if i understood just how important mineplex would be to me today, i would've taken longer to stop and appreciate the countless moments i have created throughout all of the mini-games that have surfaced the server over the many years. mineplex made up much of my teenage years, and by that i mean i would come home from middle school every day and instantly pull up mineplex to play with the many friends who i would then lose over the years that i have spent on the server. even though i no longer have contact with most of the people i've met throughout the years, i will always have the memories that take up a special place in my heart. i logged in about a week ago, and saw cake wars, peaking at '30 players.' i even checked in the mini-games, and saw that my all-time favorite game 'super paintball' had around 9 people playing. i was so heartbroken. over the 7 years i have been here, i never thought that mineplex would reach numbers as low as those which crossed my screen. it really does hurt to see such an important server to me, perform so poorly compared to when i would wake up on friday mornings and see the login page listing "25,000" players all on at the same time. i was in denial, especially when i go onto my 'servers' page and see this server at a whopping "1,000" or less listed on the entire server. i couldn't process how this could happen, how a server so important to me could come down to where it is performing at right now. so, before something similar to another close server happens to this one as well- i just wanted to thank all of you who are reading this. thank you for being active in this server still, and keeping the memories of my childhood alive. it doesn't matter if you just joined mineplex, if you're a community member who is barely active or very active, a staff member, or apart of a team throughout the server... it really does make me happy seeing how dedicated and how thriving the server can be, even with the little amount of people who still choose to play every single day. a part of me really wishes that this server will continue on until i no longer get to breathe on this earth but, sometimes; things comes to an end, and that's just something that i'll have to accept, even if it's hard to. so, for now, as long as this will last... i just wanted to come on here and tell the mineplex community that i have loved every single moment with all of you, and even if you don't know me personally or at all... this server and this community has made an impact on my life that i will never forget and will carry with me for the rest of my life. i just graduated high school a month ago, and here i am, back to where i always felt like my second home was- mineplex.