The Online Guild Where I Found My True Home
The story of my life is not the nicest one in the world. I was born in a small rural community 25 years ago, in a family of hard working farmers. Both my mom and dad were from the same region and both came up in families that worked the land and raised crops. When they got married, their relatives pooled their money and bought them a small farm just on a periphery of a town where less than a thousand people lived.
I was born on that farm just a year later and my parents were overjoyed. My father worked in our fields night and day, so an arrival of a new child was an exuberating occasion. The first years of my life went by without much happening, aside from the fact that we were a happy family. Unfortunately, this is the part where the story stops being a tale about family happiness. When I was only three years old, my father had an accident in the field involving a heavy machine that took his life.
The family was devastated, especially my mother who was left with a young boy. However, the tragedy does not end there. In less than two years, my mother, who was in poor health, scrambled to a severe heart attack. I was all alone and I did not even begin to attend school. My grandfather and grandmother took me in and began to raise me as best as they could. I started going to school but I felt I did not belong anywhere. I was always sad and I felt that my young life had no meaning. But, one day, I came back and my grandparents had a present for me: a brand new computer.
As soon as I turned it on, I was completely in love with it. In the next couple of years, I became immersed in the digital domain, spending hours and hours playing games or being online. I was so enchanted with the whole thing that I even started online lessons to learn to code. During my time in middle school and high school, I became an excellent programmer and coder. I was so good that I got invited into one of the best digital guilds that were dedicated to coding in the entire world. Here, my skills soared as I constantly learned new and more powerful methods of writing code.
I entered community college and finished it as one of the best coders in my class. I said goodbye to my loving grandparents and moved to a big city. There, I immediately got a job as a lead engineer in a company that made video games. My task was to make improvements to the game’s basic engine, or the code that was running the whole thing. It was an enjoyable job that involved some coding, but plenty of thinking.
As a part of my daily routine, I played and tested the game I was working on, a huge online multiplayer which had a number of guilds in it, similar to mine coding one. But here, people interacted and socialized, which is how I met Delilah. She was one of the players of the game, and we soon became very open to each other. She confided in me that her mother has recently received her breast cancer diagnosis. This resonated strongly with my life and experience. One day, we agreed to meet, but she was terrified that I would not like the way she looked.
When I finally laid my eyes upon her in a small coffee shop, I knew I met the woman of my life. She was slightly overweight, which provided her with so much insecurity and self-guilt that she made me like her even more. She was even considering weight loss surgery and even had a great sense of humor about it, which I laugh as well. Together, we decided to start a program that would help both of us attain a more healthy body.
With the aid of a weight watchers organization and their program that taught us how to lose weight fast, we soon started jogging and eating healthier. In a matter of months, we both looked fabulous and less than a year later, Delilah and I were married. Her mother, who conquered her illness in the meantime, was at the wedding to support us.
Today, I still work as a programmer and spend plenty of time coding and online, but the most important person in my life is right here beside me. I am grateful that I entered every digital guild in my life because all of them allowed me to reach this place.