Posted on 06-06-13 08:19 pm
I graduated today.
I started WPH back in my freshman year, in October 2009. A lot has changed since then. WPH has grown, as have I. I've learned so much over the last four years, and I'm eternally grateful to everyone who helped, supported, or hurt me along the way. Mistakes and triumphs alike have led me to where I am today. Looking back, I can't say I would do anything different, as the lessons I've learned have been invaluable.
I'm out of high school now. Wow. A few years ago, I never thought I'd step foot in a school. Now I'm top of my class, walking across the stage. Everyone I know, every decision I made, everything I learned, happened in the last four years. WPH was there. I made it, and it grew, bringing joy and hardships with it. There are, in fact, several parallels between WPH and my high school career.
But for the sake of brevity, I'll leave it at this. I never knew WPH would make it this far, would get this influential. And had I taken a different course a few months ago, WPH could be far huger today than it was then. But I hate to say, I'm not the WP hacking kid I used to be. I love WPH, but I'm growing up, and I think it's best to let myself pursue other paths and see where they take me.
I know many will be angry, and many will be happy. For that reason, I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who led me to where I am today. You all are awesome, every one of you. As for WPH, I don't know what will happen. I'll still be here, fixing things here and there, maybe releasing something in the future. But for the most part, it's time to say goodbye, goodbye to Windows Phone, goodbye to Microsoft. I wish you two the best.
I'm starting college in the fall. I'll probably start my next four year experiment there, a dream I've always longed to explore. This is very hard for me, and extremely bittersweet, but it's something I feel must be done. I could have just left, but I thought everyone deserved a proper goodbye. An ironic goodbye, actually; I'm not going anywhere, nor is WPH. But my focus is shifting to a new niche, one incompatible with the old.
If you care about me or find me interesting as a person, I'm still on Twitter, and will be discussing my new journey there, as well as my personal site. As for me and Windows Phone? We broke up, never had any children.
tl;dr It's time to move on and explore other dreams.