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Old 02-20-2019, 01:45 PM
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It's been a while since I've visited this forum, so I figured I'd come back and see what's different. I meant to much earlier, since the last time I'd looked around here was 2017 or so, but I guess I kept putting it off until a rainy day

I wasn't very active here back in the day, but I remember being both very young and immature, so.. in case you happen to remember me at all, hello! Bearville Insider and Webkinz Insider were both like a second home to me, so I definitely have plenty of fond memories of them.

For any still-active members here, how much would you say you have changed since this site's heyday? Do you still miss Bearville as much as you did when it first closed? What franchises/series are you a fan of nowadays? What are your hobbies? What's your favorite song, book, game, or movie? How much have you changed as a person?

I've missed this site quite a bit, but I have a feeling I might try to contribute to the overall activity on the site if I can
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:42 PM
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...a lot
I cultivated my interests in numerous subjects (like music, TV, movies, etc) and they have remained the same since (because of how young I am, I usually wouldn't stay interested in certain things for very long—like how when I joined this site I loved miley cyrus but i stopped liking her maybe a year later).

Of course I miss Bearville dearly, but I "got over it" so to speak before the shutdown even happened. I just realized it was time to move on. Whenever I think about it, I think about the things I regret not doing (joining earlier, not decorating my Cub Condo more, and not obtaining more rare items).
I've been a big fan of Animal Crossing since 2010 or 2011. I also like the Sims 2 and 3. I used to be more into video games in general, but I've since gained more interest in other things. I don't have any specific hobbies—I just do what I can each day.

I also regret not being more active on the forum in 2011 and 2012. I easily could've made 50,000+ posts and traded enough to become a Sage Bear, tbh. But now I'm almost to the point where I could apply to become a moderator, which is alarming. It's too bad that there aren't any admins around.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:14 PM
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Funny story but I used to be transphobic when I was on Bearville, but didn’t realize that until I was much older, when some of my friends came out to me as trans.

There was one character I met when I was 10 who was a male avatar but had a “girl” hairstyle and dressed in pink, feminine clothing (i.e. dresses), and I remember making fun of her, saying things like, “You’re a guy so dress like one!” And I soon met her friend who got mad at me and said, “She wants to be a girl so let her be one! I’m going to report you” or something along the line, and I guess I never really understood that at the time?

But then when a friend told me she was trans years later, I thought to myself about the male and female avatars we see on games on Bearville and started questioning my earlier views of gender.

I don’t think of gender the way I do now, but looking back at how I acted makes me realize that it did take me a while for me to become inclusive, that I had been taught to see things in a discriminative way with gender roles in society.

So I guess I’m more accepting now. IDK if my story made sense; I hope it did.

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Old 03-04-2019, 02:36 PM
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Interesting question. And the answers to "how I've chanced in the time since BI was active" and "how I changed in the time since Bearville actually shut down" are very different.

When BI/Bearville were really big I was like, 10 years old, so obviously I've changed a lot since then. I'm a much less confident person unfortunately (I had guts and a lot of self worth when I was a kid) but I also have a much better grasp on what's important to me and what I stand for. My passion has also changed from writing stories to music (although I do love writing music!)

When Bearville actually closed I was sixteen so I had already done the majority of my changing I guess. Since then I guess I've become more open-minded (not that I was close-minded or judgemental then, I just know more now), and I have a better understanding of my mental health (and am finally doing something about it!)
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Old 03-04-2019, 10:00 PM
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bearville, to me, was a safe environment that family could gather at as well as enjoy independently.

my family lost a member in summer of 2014 that i had last spent time with explaining bearville and going to babw.
no environment has managed to bring us together as well since.
i have tried a couple of gaming systems with game show games, but never took hold.
i tried a new one today, Club Penguin Online. enjoyed the prehistoric party for myself, but others not showing interest that are still here, and those away have too much going on all the time. 2 days out of town together still amounts to less interaction than one set of daily tasks on bv. (3 or 4 cars between us from daily tasks.)
enjoy those you love while they are around...

news today of family friend losing young father this month. devastating videos on internet from news sources within 3 hours...cried a lot today.

definite sense of loss. watched/read little about krakow in wwII enemy war engagement and those trying to say each of America's major parties are headed in the same way.
screaming at those ready to talk does not make you or them better ready to hear.
Maxine had a great place to meet and discuss -now focus is completely gone. reading her social media post/re-post not encouraging at all.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:00 PM
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Okay, so when I logged in for the first time since 2012 and saw this thread I felt like I needed to reply to it

(Long story short, the Jonas Brothers reunion reminded me of listening to radio disney and playing on babv all day every day so I came here on a nostalgia kick)

I was on this site mostly during my middle school years and I'm in college now, so of course I've completely changed. Looking at my old threads and stuff, I noticed I wasn't true to myself at all back then and I don't really know why tbh. I made up nearly all the stories about my life I told on here. Maybe because I didn't know who I was yet? Or maybe because I wanted to impress my online friends? Whatever it was, I'm happy I had this place to express myself even if who I was seemed to change every two days.

Babv was such a fun and wonderful place to me... I remember early on I would log into three accounts on three different tabs and I would dress them in matching outfits and have them dance on the theater stage and pretended they were popstars giving a concert. I loved the clothes and all the hairstyles and decorating my cub condo and beach house. I always had a story in my head of what CaliGoalieBear was up to each day.

I grew up and matured a lot over the years, but I've always stayed a kid at heart. I still play webkinz and collect them along with build a bears and other kinds of stuffed animals. If babv was still running, I would definitely still be playing it.

I still have my first build a bear: Hoppie the curly bunny. She's 16 years old now! I still have all of my build a bears, actually. I've never gotten rid of one. The build a bear store closest to where I live (and where I made most of my bears over the years) closed down, so most new members to my bab family are adopted from thrift stores to come live with us. The newest family members that I got to actually make myself in a babw store are Ellie the eevee and Peanut Butter the rainbow friends cat!

I'm a much more loving and accepting person these days. I still love music, and my favorite bands are Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Twenty One Pilots, and Waterparks. I have four adorable cats that I love so so so much and I have 5 amazing best friends ♥

Other games I like to play now are Splatoon 2, Stardew Valley, Mario Kart 8, Sims 4, Animal Crossing, Nintendogs, Fantasy Life, and Pokemon games!

I'm majoring in history - I think I want to be a teacher when I finish college.

I'm sorry that I've practically written an essay here, but I guess I got a bit carried away reminiscing my babv days. ♥

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Old 03-05-2019, 05:31 PM
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Well, since in about an hour I'm going to take a HUGE leap, now's as good a time as any to answer the question.

I have changed. A lot. When Bearville closed, life just... went on. I was hurting, of course, but life kept going.

About a year later, I was getting fed up with how deeply I felt about everything. So I did some poking around, and realized I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert (INFP, specifically). I became entranced; I needed to know more about myself as a person. I needed to know who I was.

Several months later, I kept feeling really anxious. At first I thought it was because I'm a HSP, but... I started looking up symptoms of anxiety. My mom also noticed my anxiety ad decided t talk with my doctor about it.

He said it was "just normal teenage girl anxiety". It's been nearly two and a half years and I'm still salty - more on that later.

In the following months, my parents grew busy with projects they had to work on; one of these was a party for my brother. All the attention went to him; I began to feel left behind when I needed my parents the most. But I chalked it up to "just normal teenage girl anxiety" and that since it was normal, I had to deal with my problems on my own. Because of course! Who cares that I had a panic attack during one of the most important events in my brother's life!

...said I'm still salty. just now realizing that I'm getting close to becoming Emma Swan

Also, I was struggling so much, I fell behind in school (helped by the fact that the World History curriculum was the worst thing ever). So my parents, of course, took away internet, phone, tablet, typical parenting stuff... which would've beengreat if the main problem wasn't you guys are neglecting me and I'm also absorbing your stress please help me!

Yeah, during that era, I became pretty jealous of my brother. Why can he make all these important decisions in his life, when I can't because of my "normal teenage girl anxiety"? Why should he get all the attention, when I'm left in the river with no clue how to swim?

spoiler alert: I am now my brother's age and am still unable to make these important decisions. thanks, normal teenage girl anxiety.

A few months after that, my parents became a bit more understanding of my issues. I was still unable to open up, because I had no support for so long. Heck, I'm still struggling with opening up to them. I finally broke a couple weeks ago - like, over a year after they started being more understanding.

I'm going to the doctor soon to finally get me diagnosed with something. Hopefully anxiety, which I've suspected for two years.

So yeah. Since Bearville closed, I hit rock bottom and I'm trying to climb back to the top. Let's hope I can actually get myself out of that hole...

EDIT: I'm about to go onto medication, so... yup, my life turned upside down since Bearville closed.

Probably worth mentioning that if Bearville was still open, I'd probably be using it as a coping mechanism.

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Old 03-05-2019, 05:53 PM
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View Post Originally Posted by CambriaSpeedRacer
Well, since in about an hour I'm going to take a HUGE leap, now's as good a time as any to answer the question.

I have changed. A lot. When Bearville closed, life just... went on. I was hurting, of course, but life kept going.

About a year later, I was getting fed up with how deeply I felt about everything. So I did some poking around, and realized I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert (INFP, specifically). I became entranced; I needed to know more about myself as a person. I needed to know who I was.

Several months later, I kept feeling really anxious. At first I thought it was because I'm a HSP, but... I started looking up symptoms of anxiety. My mom also noticed my anxiety ad decided t talk with my doctor about it.

He said it was "just normal teenage girl anxiety". It's been nearly two and a half years and I'm still salty - more on that later.

In the following months, my parents grew busy with projects they had to work on; one of these was a party for my brother. All the attention went to him; I began to feel left behind when I needed my parents the most. But I chalked it up to "just normal teenage girl anxiety" and that since it was normal, I had to deal with my problems on my own. Because of course! Who cares that I had a panic attack during one of the most important events in my brother's life!

...said I'm still salty. just now realizing that I'm getting close to becoming Emma Swan

Also, I was struggling so much, I fell behind in school (helped by the fact that the World History curriculum was the worst thing ever). So my parents, of course, took away internet, phone, tablet, typical parenting stuff... which would've beengreat if the main problem wasn't you guys are neglecting me and I'm also absorbing your stress please help me!

Yeah, during that era, I became pretty jealous of my brother. Why can he make all these important decisions in his life, when I can't because of my "normal teenage girl anxiety"? Why should he get all the attention, when I'm left in the river with no clue how to swim?

spoiler alert: I am now my brother's age and am still unable to make these important decisions. thanks, normal teenage girl anxiety.

A few months after that, my parents became a bit more understanding of my issues. I was still unable to open up, because I had no support for so long. Heck, I'm still struggling with opening up to them. I finally broke a couple weeks ago - like, over a year after they started being more understanding.

I'm going to the doctor soon to finally get me diagnosed with something. Hopefully anxiety, which I've suspected for two years.

So yeah. Since Bearville closed, I hit rock bottom and I'm trying to climb back to the top. Let's hope I can actually get myself out of that hole...
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found this today.

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different than the first one i saw.

not seeing any furry friends in the room besides Bearemy's avatar.

i am thinking that we could have a contest for the best
bring back bearville.com 2020 poster/campaign.
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View Post Originally Posted by CambriaSpeedRacer
Well, since in about an hour I'm going to take a HUGE leap, now's as good a time as any to answer the question.

I have changed. A lot. When Bearville closed, life just... went on. I was hurting, of course, but life kept going.

About a year later, I was getting fed up with how deeply I felt about everything. So I did some poking around, and realized I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert (INFP, specifically). I became entranced; I needed to know more about myself as a person. I needed to know who I was.

Several months later, I kept feeling really anxious. At first I thought it was because I'm a HSP, but... I started looking up symptoms of anxiety. My mom also noticed my anxiety ad decided t talk with my doctor about it.

He said it was "just normal teenage girl anxiety". It's been nearly two and a half years and I'm still salty - more on that later.

In the following months, my parents grew busy with projects they had to work on; one of these was a party for my brother. All the attention went to him; I began to feel left behind when I needed my parents the most. But I chalked it up to "just normal teenage girl anxiety" and that since it was normal, I had to deal with my problems on my own. Because of course! Who cares that I had a panic attack during one of the most important events in my brother's life!

...said I'm still salty. just now realizing that I'm getting close to becoming Emma Swan

Also, I was struggling so much, I fell behind in school (helped by the fact that the World History curriculum was the worst thing ever). So my parents, of course, took away internet, phone, tablet, typical parenting stuff... which would've beengreat if the main problem wasn't you guys are neglecting me and I'm also absorbing your stress please help me!

Yeah, during that era, I became pretty jealous of my brother. Why can he make all these important decisions in his life, when I can't because of my "normal teenage girl anxiety"? Why should he get all the attention, when I'm left in the river with no clue how to swim?

spoiler alert: I am now my brother's age and am still unable to make these important decisions. thanks, normal teenage girl anxiety.

A few months after that, my parents became a bit more understanding of my issues. I was still unable to open up, because I had no support for so long. Heck, I'm still struggling with opening up to them. I finally broke a couple weeks ago - like, over a year after they started being more understanding.

I'm going to the doctor soon to finally get me diagnosed with something. Hopefully anxiety, which I've suspected for two years.

So yeah. Since Bearville closed, I hit rock bottom and I'm trying to climb back to the top. Let's hope I can actually get myself out of that hole...

EDIT: I'm about to go onto medication, so... yup, my life turned upside down since Bearville closed.

Probably worth mentioning that if Bearville was still open, I'd probably be using it as a coping mechanism.
I'm really glad you were finally able to talk to your parents and I hope the medication helps. My mom used to be very not understanding about mental health as well, but eventually she started listening and in December 2018 I was able to start going to therapy for anxiety and depression (which my therapist and I realized this past week was greatly worsened from me getting in an emotionally abusive relationship a few months after Bearville closed...yay)

And I'm in third year university and still unable to make important decisions so you're not the only one. Here's to hopefully improving mental health from now on
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