Goodbye, Nola. I truly wish things could have turned out differently.
It's not just you. Truthfully, I feel less at home on these forums than I used to. A new generation of Aetherlighters has arisen, and sometimes I feel like the little old lady who lives in a cottage at the outskirts of a thriving city. I still participate in the village happenings, but I'm not in the middle of the action anymore. That doesn't bother me very much, though. A mindset shift of the forums is inevitable; it's just a reflection of the new personalities who have joined us and risen to prominence. Everyone is constantly learning and growing, and I had to learn that we cannot hang onto a past snapshot of life. In retrospect, the forums would make a very good subject for a sociology project of some kind (barring all the negative connections to that line of study).
I'm very sorry that you did not receive a warmer welcome to the forums when you returned. I understand exactly what you must have felt. Coming back to a completely changed forum is disorienting and leaves you feeling a little out of place. The only thing I might recommend is that you introduce yourself to some of the new people here. Perhaps join in on a community role-play! If you aren't the kind of person to do that sort of thing, try reconnecting with someone you remember from the early days of the forums.
I hope the shift in the forum atmosphere will not prevent you from staying with us. The Aetherlight forums are still based around the same principles as before: Aetherlight and Christianity. We're all still brothers and sisters in Christ. Even if we have nothing else in common, we still have our faith.
@Sierepica_Fuzzywalker - thank you for that post.