So, The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end. Even thought the show isn't as good as it used to be, I've loved it from the very first moment. I've loved t from the very first sentence ("For over a century, I have lived in secret; hiding in the shadows, alone in the world.") I was immediately hooked. I've discovered the show back in February 2010 (more than 7 years ago) during my short-lived obsession with the Twilight saga. But I knew from the very first scene that this was different, something much more detailed and interesting to watch. I remember how I used to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the show live. Sometimes I was so excited that I wasn't able to sleep before or after the episode because I was thinking so much about it. I've even gotten my mother and brother into the show, even though they've given up on the show in the middle of the fifth season, which was actually a good stopping point.

The soundtrack was a vital part of the show. Thank you for introducing me to Florence, Ed Sheeran, Sigur Rós, Damien Rice, Tom Odell, The Neighborhood, The Fray, Digital Daggers, RAIGN and many, many others. Thank you for over 160 awesome songs. Thank you for showing me that there's still good music.

The Vampire Diaries has also led me to the TVD Wiki and a whole community obsessed with the show. Pretty soon I was promoted to a bureaucrat. That community will always have a place in my heart. I'll never forget all the theories with my online and friends in real life. I don't think I've ever been obsessed with something like that since Harry Potter. The premiere of the eight film in 2011 marked the end of my childhood, so I guess that the end of The Vampire Diaries would mark the end of my (extended) teenage years. The Vampire Diaries was the first show I've started following on a weekly basis. It was there during the eight grade, four years of high school and three years of college. It was there for me when it was tough. It was there when nobody else was. I'll never forget that. Even though the last three seasons weren't as good as the first three, this show will always have a special place in my heart. The ending feels like losing a friend. It will never return. Rewatching it will only bring back the memories but not the show itself. Thank you for the great characters. Thank you for teaching me that nobody is really good or evil. All of us have flaws, but we must learn to accept them in others as well as in ourselves. Thank you for interesting storylines. You've always managed to catch us off guard. Thank you for everything because it's been a hell of a ride and I was truly feeling epic.

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