Great thread! I can relate to just about every perspective that's been shared here. I know that for myself I really struggled with a diminishing interest level late last summer, heading into the Fall. That "magic" that we all speak of, that usually surrounds that time of year, wasn't rearing its head like it ALWAYS had and I had a really hard time with it. It led to me stepping down as the site supervisor at WMP, in an effort to shake the behind the scenes role and try and rediscover my passion as strictly a collector. It certainly helped in the short term leading up to Halloween, but I found myself stepping away from the white mask world all together for about six months. I jumped head first into other hobbies and passions, and about two weeks ago I felt that "itch" again, and I found myself here, perusing the classifieds, then General Discussion, etc. A week went by and before I knew it I was back in the fold, even purchasing a new white mask. The break is exactly what I needed and I'm thankful that I didn't suffer a full blown case of burnout. Being a passionate member of any forum, as well as a collector, is a major investment for most. Factor in a role as a mod, etc. on top of that, and you double your investment. That can be both a good and a bad thing.
My advice to anyone on the brink of stepping away permanently is, take a brief hiatus before you sell one or all of your masks, and discover something new or revisit something old. Because there's certainly a level of excitement associated with returning to this hobby and playing catch up, or discovering that your favorite mask maker has released something new in your absence. Take comfort in knowing that the white mask universe you love so dearly has proven to be the proverbial "cockroach" of the hobby world.
It will always be here, awaiting your return. \M/
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