Just to get it out of the way, no I'm not quitting dA, I've just been looking through my entire page earlier and doing a bit of thinking.
A friend asked for my profile name so he could show someone my work, and since I don't spend as much time on dA as I used to in High School, I was immediately afraid of what a stranger would think of my embarrassing extreme weeb-phase favorites and art from years ago.
I googled "can I hide my favorites on deviantart" because I didn't want to delete them all necessarily, just hide them. It's funny to go through them once in a while and be hurled through the memories. Not all of them are really embarrassing, they just don't reflect my interests, style, or humor now. I wouldn't want someone to happen across them, assume I favorited them all recently, and judge me accordingly.
I settled for just removing the "favorites" widget from the front page. No biggie.
I looked through my old art, seeing where I started and where I am now. I may think I am plateauing once in a while, but I am just getting better in more subtle ways. The art I made a year ago may not be very different from now, but it's certainly different from the art I made nearly ten years ago. And it will be different from the art I make ten years from now.
I looked through my old embarrassing journals, observed how my typing humor changed over time as well. Recalled some more old memories, and old followers that have long been inactive.
In the time I've been on deviantart, I have started High School, graduated High School, started college, graduated college, and now I am moving out for the first time and starting my first job in my industry.
Some of you might have been with me since the beginning. Some people only just started watching me grow. Some people will just discover me years from now.
Starting in October, I will be spending a year in Montreal for an opportunity as a 3D Animator at a major blockbuster film production studio. I'd say that's as good as a start for my career as it could possibly be.
I know it would have never happened if not for a lot of circumstances that worked out in my favor. I grew up in a comfortably middle class home where I was able to go to a good high school with a good art program, so I could get in to a good art school with family who supported me and my choices every step of the way. But it wasn't without its challenges, growing up with Aspergers syndrome I had to do a lot (a LOT) of introspective work to overcome a lot of personal struggles I had (and still have), art school was no joke and I had to work my ass off to keep up with my classmates. All that hard work paid off, I'm not the best animator right now but I have a drive to get better, and my efforts have apparently not gone unnoticed.
Who knows where I will be in the future, but it is looking bright, and I am so excited to get started.