I'm so thankful I found Harry Potter. And fandom. And all you wonderful people on my flist. I think my RL friends think I'm a bit crazy (the cooler ones love me even more for it), and you know what? I just feel sorry for them. I wouldn't give this up for the world. And truly, you all--the ones I've gotten to know and the ones I'm still getting to know--are such a huge part of it.
Go read hesychasm's essay. And have a box of tissues nearby.
Bonus feature: The URL for the essay has 87 in it!