A few months ago, a friend of mine who wished to remain anonymous wanted to share a few words with our community. Considering we’ve been going through a difficult time with fandom issues lately, I think it’s a good time to repost this. No comment needed, it speaks for itself.
““My submission for Carol/Caryl Appreciation week is to highlight Caroler/Carylers. The individuals behind the all the gifs, posts, fan fiction and art. I want to celebrate the greatest compilation and reflection of all that symbolically encompasses Carol/Caryl. ALL OF YOU OUT THERE.
Let me explain, first and foremost, I am a Caroler & fairly new to all of this fandom business. My personal journey here is based solely on pure objective observations as a wallflower of sorts. My exposure to the different venues of social media ie. Facebook, twitter, IG and Tumblr are currently more of an archeological exploration of discoveries. In other words, I have no frigging clue what I am navigating here; however I am learning, slowly, lol. Majority of my journey is positive, I follow a few on Tumblr, no I do not have any accounts, I read here and there. I make my rounds when I can, just relishing in this new world that allows for a peek not only into the insights on our favorite character(s), however I get a glimpse of the person behind the curtain, to a certain degree.
My point and some may disagree, however I wish to highlight all of the Carolers/Carylers as a means of gratitude for what you all have demonstrated for me, a “family”. Some of the words thrown out there this past week describing Carol like, “mother”, “Maternal” “Love” “caring” “Strength” “Courage” “protective” “strong” “Perseverance” “Friend” “Forgiving” “Supportive” “Transcendence”, are to name a few. I am highlighting that last word because it leads me into how I bear witness to how you all are dynamically, a “family” of sorts. Your interpretations of Carol/Caryl has transcended from virtuality into a reality; into personal lives whom although may not always get along, are always there for each other. This gift shared between all of you is so overwhelmingly powerful, because not only can an observer like myself lap up the energy, what is most prevalent and perceived, is your genuinenessfor each other. And, similar to family, there are times of struggle and perceptions are skewed.
However, just like Carol sacrificed so much, no matter how much she hurt or was hurt by others, and Daryl, although he was challenged by his own virtues of loyalty, devotion to family, at the end of the day, despite any impending implosion in their relationships, to others in the group and with each other, these moments of spiritual crisis always came full circle. Back to family. A bond stronger then the blood spilt, tears cried and hearts broken on the show. And, unfortunately, translated into RL as evidenced by some here whom experienced very personal affronts as a consequence to being a part of this fandom; your bond only strengthened. It did not falter. Just like Carol came back to the prison and as did Daryl, despite all odds, your vocation to each other withstands the test of time. Just like Carol/Caryl. To me, this is the essence of family. Sounds canon to me :D
Some will disagree with my post, fine, all is well. This is my contribution to Carol Appreciation week, I wish to turn the spotlight on all of you, Carolers/Carylers. Although I am reading your posts, enjoying your gifs, etc., it is all of your attributes, personalities, conversations, quips, in which I find comfort, solace, life, laughter, joy, shed some tears, and have literally said out loud and in astonishment at times, “WTF?”, keeps me engaged on your path. Hmmmm, quite reflective of Carol/Caryl, is it not? Carol/Caryl on and in the divine words of Sanjamac – I know the BEST is yet to come.””
*sniffles and wipes tears*