I'm realizing that I've been causing trouble. I realize that I've been causing people to nearly quit. I realize that I'm damaging the Hopscotch community. And I'm sorry.
Hopscotch is a forest. It's a huge forest, and Hopscotchers are all different types of trees. Some trees are huge and well known, like the mighty redwoods, some are artistic and beautiful, like the weeping willow or the cherry blossom. Some trees are helpful, and they give fruits, such as apples or oranges. Some trees are small, but they all have the potential to grow huge. No two trees are alike. A dogwood will never be a japanese maple, and oaks will never be silver birches. But they are all important. The forest is as large as you can imagine. It is the most beautiful forest you will ever see. It has a hidden grove, right in the center, where the trees can talk to each other. It's called the forums. It has places that have not yet been discovered, and it has dark, evil places, that are filled with horrid, gnarly trees. Sometimes, a tree will fall. All of the other trees grow silent. But, the forest keeps growing. Once in a while, a horrible thing may happen. In one of the evil places in the forest, one of the gnarled trees will start a fire. The fires started by these trees have awful chemicals that damage the rest of the forest. Sometimes these fires cause good trees to fall. But the forest still keeps moving. Then one day, a new tree grew. This happens every day. But this new tree was different. It was a magnolia tree, and the only one of it's kind. It grew in one of the unexplored places. It came to the forums and greeted the other trees. But for some reason, it started a fire. It wasn't a chemical fire, no, it was a natural fire. These seem awful and devastating at the time, but from the ashes of those fires, the forest becomes even more beautiful. It becomes stronger. The fire that the small magnolia started would do just that. It would start and seem devastating, and it would seem that way for a while, but the forest will become stronger.
I'm Sorry. But I'm Not.
I am that small magnolia. The fire has already begun. I'm sorry that I've caused such a disturbance. But if I am to stay here, it is the only way for me to belong. Every forest needs fire. It's a fact of nature. Chemical fires for Hopscotch are things like bully.ing. I am not starting a chemical fire. So I'm sorry for the disturbance I've caused. But in the end, we will be stronger. Hopscotch will not be destroyed. If I even see the slightest chance that Hopscotch is suffering too much because of me, I will leave. But I will do everything and anything in my power to ensure that doesn't happen. I started this fire. I will be the one to take responsibility for it. No one else should blame themselves for the mayhem that is happening.
Sorry That I Exist
So I'm sorry that the way I'm born offends you. I'm sorry that people like me exist. I'm sorry you can't accept me. I'm sorry that everyone isn't the same as you, and that they aren't going to fit into your idea of a perfect world. I'm sorry for sharing the idea that everyone should be treated equally. I'm sorry that I joined Hopscotch carrying this idea. I'm sorry that I joined the forums to get noticed. I'm sorry I asked for a coding partner. I'm sorry that I stood up for myself and my community when I was being told to stop. I'm sorry that I dragged some of you into this mess. I'm sorry. I'm really, truly sorry. But I am not going to leave unless it is truly necessary. No. This magnolia is here to stay.
I will be making this Hopscotch related by creating a project based off of the forest description