Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Am Sorry. I Will See You Soon.

Jon's Last Picture.


Dear You,

This is all going to be sad so I'm going to need you to be strong.

Thank you for reading everything I've written for the past few years. Remember when we first found each other? It was so long ago, it all seems like it happened to different people or like it was something from a TV show.

All I can remember are scenes.

Thank you for looking at every picture Jon took. I would never presume to speak for both of us but I assure you, he is grateful for your patronage.

Both Jon and I have things we want to pursue that don't involve I Wrote This For You right now. Most books, comics, songs, movies, all stories in fact, have endings. But this one doesn't.

If both Jon and I find our way back here, we'll pick up where we left off.

I will still be releasing the text-only edition of I Wrote This For You, which will contain the entries that I intended on putting here.

I am still planning on visiting the Philippines and other parts of the world too. I owe Cape Town a book reading and that's going to happen soon.

.. but why?

Because after writing more than 1200 entries since 2006, I feel like I've said what I wanted to say here. At least, right now. And after spending a year on every poetry bestseller list (and only being outsold by Shakespeare most days), this seems like a good time to stop. Even if the book didn't do as well as it has, both Jon and I would still feel like we did what we came here to do. To do something new that hadn't been done and to be able to hold it in our hands (Thank you Michelle).

Because there's a new book I want to write. There's a comic strip that doesn't look like a comic strip I want to write. Because my friends and I all have guitars and we want to write songs together. Because I want to scream the new poems I write into a microphone. Because I want to write a book of poems that isn't called I Wrote This For You.

And those are all things that will let me say new things.

I am eternally grateful for all the amazing experiences this has allowed me, to all the amazing people I met from all over the world, to everyone who chose to spend their time with us.

Thank you for making me feel less alone. Thank you for making each other feel less alone.

I will still be active on twitter, sharing my thoughts and any news, although it doesn't seem right to call it "I Wrote This For You" so I will be using my real name.

I will still post my favourite entries from I Wrote This For You (and any new work) on facebook.

If I have anything to add to I Wrote This For You, they will be written in those places.

If you make something inspired by I Wrote This For You (or Intentional Dissonance) on tumblr, I will still find it and share it.

I will still be here. If you leave me a comment, I will read it.

This is not the end. This is something far more exciting than that. It is going into the realm of the unknown, to see what can be known.

And then seeing if we can find our way back.

I'm sorry if this hurts. I know it hurts me.

I will always love you. I will always miss you.

- Me

PS.

Remember, you are a part of a beautiful story that did not start when you were born.


166 comments:

Carmela said...

Thank you for everything. I'm really happy you're following your dreams and making them real :) I'm also really excited for new material from you in the future!

MYPOOK said...

Although it's heartbreaking to see this post, I want to thank you for saying the words I couldn't say.

I will continue checking this page every now and then, in hopes to find something new. Meanwhile, the random entry button will keep me company.

Love.

Anonymous said...

You have a way of making even the most heartbreaking moments seem positive. Thank you. We will all be waiting for your next project.

Anonymous said...

Good luck. I'm sure the day you come back, in whatever form you come back by, will be just as important as the first time we met. Thank you, thank you so much.

caro said...

This is beautiful.
Thank YOU.
*hugs*

Laura S. said...

Hoping this is not goodbye, but a so long for now. You are incredible

Candice said...

I started reading so many years ago and have shared your words with so many friends who had lost their way. It does hurt. But I look forward to seeing/reading your future offerings. Good luck. And thank you.

Erin said...

I cannot possibly begin to thank you for your work, your words, your contribution to the world and my life... the way you've made it better, captures thoughts i couldn't articulate, helped me through the pain, celebrated the beautiful. I wish you all the best in all that you do. You will not be forgotten and you will be missed. Thank you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I cried a little.
Everything you have written here has meant so very much to me. I know that no matter what I am going through I will be able to relate to each post in a different way as I continue to grow.

Thank you for your words. For your passion. For your time.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

i'm not crying because i'm sad, i'm crying because i'm happy i found you.
i'm happy you've been able to touch so many lives, save so many lives, let people know they weren't alone.
you have changed my life,
you have picked me up on bad days when no one else could,
and when i was at my absolute worst, all i needed were your words.

i love you,
and i'll miss you, though we all must move on.

Unknown said...

ohhh no, i am so deeply sad by this. i found you almost 4 years ago, when i was lost in love. and your words are the reason for me to not be lost anymore. thank you for inspiring me and brightening my day. i love you.

Anonymous said...

this is terrible news for me
but i completely understand where you are coming from

please never stop... your words are beautiful
whether they be in poems or songs or novels... please don't keep them to yourself, share it with us :)

you look at the world, at people, at life, like no one else does

for some you have changed their life, for others you were a source of hope, an escape.. for others your words were just words... nothing more

as for me, you have a small but permanent place in my heart.
you are appreciated and loved more than you know.


take care
wishing you life's best
A.S.

Anonymous said...

this is terrible news for me
but i completely understand where you are coming from

please never stop... your words are beautiful
whether they be in poems or songs or novels... please don't keep them to yourself, share it with us :)

you look at the world, at people, at life, like no one else does

for some you have changed their life, for others you were a source of hope, an escape.. for others your words were just words... nothing more

as for me, you have a small but permanent place in my heart.
you are appreciated and loved more than you know.


take care
wishing you life's best
A.S.

A midnight wanderer said...

Take care.

Ning said...

I will miss you, but I know you'll always be here.

Thank you for being there for me in all forms.

Anonymous said...

Take Care.

Anonymous said...

Take care.

Patis said...

You are, and will always be, in my heart. And we will live on in each other's thoughts and feelings—connected with heart strings—pursuing our dreams, continue on living, and creating many beginnings—and whenever we look back to our moments of simplicity, may we remember how we feel understood and somehow content despite all the chaos in the cosmos—your words are our calmness.

Kisa said...

I will never love anyone quite like you.

ONLY ME said...

I love you and Thank you. You've taught me so much. And you were such an inspiration. I'll miss you. Best of luck to you and Jon for the future.

Richa Sharma said...

I don't know who you are and honestly it never mattered. You reached my soul the way no one could ever do..and that is what really mattered. Since the day i first read you, i could never stop. Several times, i would be buried under questions of life, unidentified melancholy and the only place i would come looking for solace is this. And i have never been disappointed.
You might stop this, but i will continue visiting this. 'coz this isn't just your place, but our abode.
Love you for saying what i wanted to even before i knew that. And of course more beautifully than i ever could.
I write at www.poeticfallacy.com. Come over sometime.
Much love!!!!

nani syafrina said...

Dear you,
Thank you for everything..because of you, I have found the courage to stand again since 2009.you have been my best friend til this very day.

I cried, but I want you to be happy too. So good luck, because I know I will be seeing you again.

Love, from Malaysia

engy said...

Wishing you the best. Thank You for every word you wrote.Have a Blessed Life.

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N. said...

You were right, we will cross paths soon. I'll be eager to meet you when you get to Manila. Thank you for accommodating my request when my grandmother and I went to SA. My copy of the book is always within arms reach, and I make sure to read at least one entry per night.

A million times over, thank you for everything. And I speak on behalf of everyone who religiously visits this website, thank you for for saving all of us, and for always making us remember that hope is never lost.

I'll be waiting for you. I love you.

-N.R.

rocel ann said...

Dear You,

Thank you so much for saying the words I'd never have enough courage to say. Please let me know when you're going to Manila. Would love to tour you around.


--R.J.

rocel ann said...

Dear You,

Thank you for saying the words I'd never have to courage to utter. Please let me know when you're going to Manila. I'd love to tour you around.


--R.J.

Anonymous said...

I was stunned to find that my throat physically tightened at reading your message. As always, your words capture a beauty many of us had previously only ever dreamt of. I want to thank you so much, for all the bad mornings made better, for all the haunted nights you made so much more bearable. Thank you for exposing me to something so gorgeous, I felt like I had found an extra motivator to live again, just by your words. Just by shapes and letters.

Thank you. I hope you will find whatever it is you turn out to be looking for. If you come back, we will still be here.
Love, x

candice said...

No need to feel sorry. As George Harrison put it "All things must pass" but I guess it's how people made us feel that wouldn't fade away. Thanks for the inspiration.

I hope there's a chance to meet you if u ever visit my country. (PH) :)

Cheers!

The Dreamer said...

I can't be properly sad, because your words will still go out to the world, and so long as they are, you never really stopped.
The day you feel like you have nothing left to say? That is the day I'll be sad. Thank you for what you've done so far, and good luck with your future ventures.

Shannon said...

What I need is a word for the inexpressible grief when someone is moving on with their life and you know you should be happy for them (and yes, you want them to be happy) But all that you can feel is your own selfish loneliness and the crushing abandonment that comes with the realization that you are losing something you never thought you'd have to let go. I am in tears.

This page, your words, you... have meant this much to me. I can't say I haven't seen this coming. I know there are only so many words in the English language; there are only so many ways to arrange them until it gets too blurry to matter anymore. (To the writer, it never stopped mattering to us.)
You have so many worlds to explore, so many stories to live. You don't belong trapped in a blog.

But through these years, I found something here I have never found anywhere.It was more than the pictures or the words. It was a beautiful soul that in the whole world I had never known to see things quite so clearly. My loneliness was eased in the knowledge of your existence just as much as the in the power of your poetry.

And in my very darkest moment, when I fell defeated into shame and weariness- resigned to the end... you sent a hope back to me, you reminded me I was everything, that there was magic even here, failure was never as futile as it seemed, and countless other lessons I buried in my heart to anchor it. They've kept me safe... your words are why I'm here.

I needed you to know this. I need you to know that you changed a life, saved a life... my life. And for you, your life deserves to be one hundred times more breathtakingly astonishingly wonderful than you could have ever imagined.

And I don't know where you are or where you're going as you leave us, but just know..."I built you a house and a garden inside my head. I know you'll be happy there."

Thank you for these years. For your time and self. Good luck.

A said...

Dear you,

I've been reading your blog for a very long time it almost feels like forever, and actually this was the first post that's really made me cry. I still can't believe that you're gone, yet I still somehow believe your,"I will see you soon" which was the title of this post. Those words will keep me coming back everytime.

I want you to know that you are the first that made me feel so grateful for being a right-brained (I use feelings and emotions all the time and sometimes becomes a melancholic), even everybody tells me to be realistic all the time. You've been such a wonderful company this whole time. You speaks up my mind, and sometimes trigger me to write back my own thoughts. Words could not describe how thankful I am to you for creating the blog in the first place. You've touched many people's heart. I'm sure you'll found another beautiful ways to do it. And when you do, I hope I will find you again. Until then, I'm gonna miss you very much.

Wherever you are now, please be happy. There are so many people who loves you.

This is not goodbye.



Love,

A

klara said...

This isn´t sad and it isn´t an end to me either. :) Only the start of a new story. I am glad you have ambitious plans, you are a very talented writer and poet and I am sure you will achieve whatever you set out to achieve. Make your dreams come true like you have helped us in believing in ours. Like everyone here, I will go on supporting you and anything you do in the future, even if it´s not called I Wrote This For You, whatever it is called and whatever it´s about.
You are giving the best of you to this world that needs you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hank you Iain, for everything you've given to me through this blog. Thank you for your love, which you gave so freely and so richly that you took all the deep hidden fear in me away. I can love more because you loved me and I'll never forget you.
When I miss you, I'll remember that you are somewhere singing and playing your guitar. Then it will all be ok again.
I love you beautiful man I have never met, and all the things you have written. I'll see you at a book signing one day, maybe.
All my love

Ninha said...

God bless you
thanks for everythingss here
with love
from Brazil

Anonymous said...

This is sad and it does hurt. But you have our support throughout everything you decide to do. You've left behind a very memorable and beautiful collection of writings, so thank you for that. Good luck <3

- Amani

Anonymous said...

I hope you do find your way back here and in the meantime, we'll be waiting ;)

Miz Angell said...

Thank you for providing words we couldn't say. Thank you for showing us that there are many ways to show and say what we need to, even without it being direct.

Every road has it's turns, and sometimes they take us away from our original destination, and sometimes they lead us right to where we need to be. And at the end of the road, if you can say "What a journey that was." it's all been worth it.

Thank you for the road map.

Anonymous said...

i miss you already.

Kendra said...

I'm proud of you for finding and following your passions, even if it led you away from something so many loved. Not everyone has the courage to follow their dreams, or even speak them out loud. I wish you every success and happiness. Your words have helped me, and in turn I have shared them with friends who have loved them just as much. It's a powerful thing to touch the hearts and souls of others, and you did this with an effortless grace and humility not many have mastered. No one should spend their life tethered to one thing, no matter how hard it may hurt to break the ties. We are all filled with countless abilities. It's time you share with the world the next part of you. Congratulations for what I am sure will be another success, if only because you thought you could and then you did.

Kendra said...

I'm proud of you for finding and following your passions, even if it led you away from something so many loved. Not everyone has the courage to follow their dreams, or even speak them out loud. I wish you every success and happiness. Your words have helped me, and in turn I have shared them with friends who have loved them just as much. It's a powerful thing to touch the hearts and souls of others, and you did this with an effortless grace and humility not many have mastered. No one should spend their life tethered to one thing, no matter how hard it may hurt to break the ties. We are all filled with countless abilities. It's time you share with the world the next part of you. Congratulations for what I am sure will be another success, if only because you thought you could and then you did.

Anonymous said...

Heartbroken.

Anonymous said...

Dear you,

goodbye has not to be said
I will see you again

X

stormi said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful experience, you are an incredible person and I am so grateful I found I wrote this for you years ago and was roped in.

Anonymous said...

I never thought that reading those words would bring tears to my heart and eyes, but they did. You have helped me through more than you could ever know. I have found myself reaching for this page every day since I found you. I will continue to follow you, encourage you, and wait impatiently to hear of all your new adventures.

Thank you for touching my world, reminding me of those little things that I had forgotten, and encouraging me to continue even though the day seemed disparaging.

I wish you both the best in all of your adventures.

*

Margaret Wedge said...

I never leave comments. I visited this year through a friend who had subscribed. I linked to your page a couple of times, which I never do either. Your thinking and writing encourages me to pause. To languish in the silence and noise of my own heart once and a while, and to consider the experience. To write it. Not knowing very much about you at all, I wondered if I was the one for whom you had written this. I want you to do other things. Find other things, be that new person there who comes from this place and this time. Be well.

Anonymous said...

This is sad, but all your words and images will keep round along my head, my heart and my life.
Thank you so much.
Good luck.

We love you very, very, very, very, very, very, very much.”

Los extrañaremos...

B. said...

I have hope that this isn't goodbye but see you later. And until then, your books and this page will give me comfort; just like it always has.

Thank you for making me believe again.

<3 <3

Sheri-Paola Lirio said...

You have no idea how you touched my life with your words. I can only say thank you. :) I love you too. ♥

Mb said...

Whenever I am uninspired, I look at random posts you have done. I probably have memorized over half of them, and know what picture goes to what quote. What you have done has given so many people something to look forward to, to inspire them and to help them find hope in the lowest of times. For this, personally, I am forever grateful. I understand, sometimes one must move on to other things and I am heartbroken this is over (or for at least now) but I want to thank you for everything you have made me feel, think and realize I want to pursue in life. I have posts of yours hanging in my room. I stumbled upon this a few years ago and as you say "you constantly look for a sign and when it's given to you and you don't like the answer, you call it a coincidence. There are no coincidences" that was not a coincidence. I came here for a reason, and I appreciate your words. It was my own little "secret" escape.

Thank you, and I hope you pursue everything you want in life because of the way you have touched me and I'm positive other people, you deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Today, I found your blog. Yesterday, you declared a hiatus. The first time I read "I wrote this for you," I thought it was the most beautifully written thing I'd ever read. And then I fell in love with someone who broke my heart. Although I still feel that your book is the most beautiful book ever written, without her in my life, your words will always bring tears to my eyes. Love isn't always a happy thing. I'm starting to think that it rarely ever is.

thursday said...

Saying "thank you" isn't enough to let you know how much I appreciate your beautiful words and what they meant to me.

I'm sorry that I'm writing this with so much sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes but truly, I am happy for you.

Good luck and be safe.

missing you already,
<3

dr1/6 said...

i am going to miss this.

thank you.


wishing you nothing but the best : )

Anonymous said...

iwtfy was shown to me by an ex that I now dearly miss; whom I lost through my own actions but could do nothing to avoid. The posts each day have been cathartic, and the meaning to me has been personal and deep.

While I'm sorry to see it go, I'm happy that it's for better opportunities and I hope each new thing you attempt you succeed as wholly and completely as you did here. You've shown so many of us a beautiful world and a lovely way of thinking, and I hope that everyone, someday, can experience something from you.

Anonymous said...

I have read been reading I Wrote This For You now for quite a long time. I first stumbled across it completely by accident and began checking it regularly.
This is the first time I have ever left a comment and I just want to say thank you for doing this. It has got me through hard times and I feel very connected with it.
Your words and photographs forever inspire me, I didn't realise just how much I loved your posts until I read that it is going.
I am beyond sad that it is no longer going to be updated. However I will still be here looking at random entries.
Thankyou for everything. Thankyou
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Happy for you.. but heartbroken to see the only blog i follow, stop updating..
Your blog changed my perspective for the better in more ways than one. Will miss your posts dearly. Please don't take the blog offline.

Rachel said...

See you when I see you, and I hope it's someday soon.

Anonymous said...

Its realy tragic that only after the second day that I started reading this incrdibly magical piece of work,I find out the magic has stopped casting...I realy love your work you have become an inspiration for me now.will realy miss you a lot.though I hardly know much about you but,I feel your writtings they are for me,and other person who dares to peep in to themselves....hope you find your way back here...bye take care. ;(

DaRkNeSsShImMeRs said...

Dear Sir, please come to Johannesburg. You are one the few writers I really admire. I would love to meet you one day. Your words are incredibly powerful and it would mean so much to me to tell you that in person. I have questions for you. And I think you have answers that can change the direction my life is going in. I cant stress how much I would like to meet you. I respect your work. I just hope that I get to finally meet you one day, when you have the time.

Amanda said...

thank you so much for your lovely words. I'm so happy I found this. good luck with your future, may you soak it all in.

with love
A

vanessa said...

I'll miss everything - your gorgeous words and beautiful soul. Thanks for granting me courage through your art.

Susan said...

This make my heart hurt. But I understand.
You need to channel you creativity elsewhere.
This will still be a place I come back to for inspiration, a place for me to heal and a place where I can feel less alone.
There have been many occasions when I would come here and see exactly what I needed to see and read exactly what I needed to read.

I will continue to find what I need here. I will scroll through you entries for hours.

I feel like this is the end of a relationship. It's been a long road but you have told me everything I needed to be told even if it hurt.

Finally, I want to thank you for you time in writing this, but mostly thank you for your heart. Thank you for sharing it with us when it was broken and when it was healing. Just Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for everything. You have no idea how your writing have gotten me through some really dark days. I will always come back here for hope and inspiration. Thank you, thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I have followed you since 2007. I found this place when I really needed it. I kept going back to this place when everything got too big.

Good luck with everything. And thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

LW said...

It's heartbreaking to see you leave.

Maybe, one day, we will find our back again.

MzzSVS said...

I found your blog close to two years ago and every time i read it, i brought peace to me. A sense of closeness and confinement in someone that i've never even met. You've been a friend, an amazing advice giver. I always wished more people thought the way you did. You are beautiful. You will be missed.

Lots of luck on your future plans; whatever you do, i know it will be great. Love all the way from NYC.

Helen said...

I will always miss you as well. Thank you for being so brave.

MzzSVS said...

I found your blog close to two years ago and every time i read it, it brought me peace. When i find myself lost, i go through your old entries. You have been a great friend and amazing advice giver without ever meeting me personally. What a gift. You are beautiful and i have and will always wish more people like you existed...at least in my world.

Best of wishes on your future plans; whatever you do, i am sure it will be amazing. Lots of love from NYC.

"And when I'm far from home and I feel like an alien, trust me, somehow I never left you." Thank you for being there.

FeverDream said...

i too am ready to move forward. to let go of the people that i should have separated from some time ago. you are not one of those people, of course, but i understand your drive and ambition. be wonderful, like you are. i will miss you, but keep you in my heart. i love all that you are and all of your words.

Ashley Nichole said...

I'm more than shocked, but in an odd way this is a happy conclusion. I have followed this blog for years now, and it has inspired me to create my own. I have been touched by the posts and every week check in hopes a new post will appear. Sometimes I just like reloading the page or browsing already read poems. All I can say is thank you for writing, and Jon thanks for taking the photos. This blog is an inspiration to many people, including myself and will continue to do so through the creations that have come about because of it. In conclusion, I thank you both.

Ashley Nichole said...

I'm more than shocked, but in an odd way this is a happy conclusion. I have followed this blog for years now, and it has inspired me to create my own. I have been touched by the posts and every week check in hopes a new post will appear. Sometimes I just like reloading the page or browsing already read poems. All I can say is thank you for writing, and Jon thanks for taking the photos. This blog is an inspiration to many people, including myself and will continue to do so through the creations that have come about because of it. In conclusion, I thank you both.

Ashley Nichole said...

I'm more than shocked, but in an odd way this is a happy conclusion. I have followed this blog for years now, and it has inspired me to create my own. I have been touched by the posts and every week check in hopes a new post will appear. Sometimes I just like reloading the page or browsing already read poems. All I can say is thank you for writing, and Jon thanks for taking the photos. This blog is an inspiration to many people, including myself and will continue to do so through the creations that have come about because of it. In conclusion, I thank you both.

Anonymous said...

Dear You,
I just want to know I've been with you for six years. And you have been there on my darkest days. Guiding me to see the light.
Lately, I've had some darker days. This letter was the last thing I wanted to see. It made me cry. But not just of sadness. But of happiness too. That something greater is coming.
I just want to say thank you. Thanks to you, I am still here, and loving the life I lead. There is nothing I could ever do or say to show my thanks.
I will miss you
I will come visit here some more
I will not give up, because you have taught me to be strong
You have helped mold me into the person I am today.
And nothing is greater than that.
You have saved a life.
You have touched a soul.
As long as I live I will never forget the things I have learned.
Thank you,
I'll miss you,
Me.

vs said...

Thank you for everything. I wish you continued happiness, love, and success. <3

Anonymous said...

Good Luck .. Follow your dreams!

Gonna miss you, all of you

But you'll always with me, with us!

No Goodbye, Just Hallo!

Love,

Me

ArvieG. said...

Yes! Visit my country, Philippines. :D

I'm sorry you're saying goodbye but hopefully, we'll you again soon. :)

fangs said...

I will definitely miss you. You have always been my source of inspiration, my company when I needed someone the most at times I feel so alone. Anyhow, we've got to admit that change and moving on is part and parcel of this short life. I wish you all the best.

I love you. Take care. I'll be waiting when you'd come around. <3

morty said...

Dear you,

I'm a soldier in Afghanistan and when I found you, you made sand seem like sunshine. I am not only miles away from home, but heartbroken as well. And you whispered to me all of your secrets and I realized they were the same as mine.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I just found you a few days ago :(

Anonymous said...

You have been so inspirational throughout my time in college and now that I've graduated, it seems it's time for us both to move on. I feel as if I'm saying goodbye to a good friend but as with all friends, hope that we will meet again. Thank you for your beautiful words.

Courage Is Contagious said...

I'm actually sitting at a Starbucks, coffee in hand...and tearing up. Not sure if I care enough to hide it. This is so hard, I come here every time I feel shitty, or a little down or happy, even.

You promised (or maybe I wish it was a promise) to come to Montreal... Hope that still happens some day.

Thank you, I'll never forget everything you've done for me.

lovelovelovelove and kisses everywhere xxx

Yours Truly said...
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Anonymous said...

Iain, I have been regularly reading posts from I Wrote This For You for years. When I started, I was in seventh grade. I still had Facebook and I remember a friend had posted a beautiful quote on her page, I looked it up and I found all this. And I do believe I was meant to read all these words, because they have helped me more times than I could ever remember. I've come here bored, angry, sad, heartbroken, and lost. And for all these years I really needed something like this to tell me that I wasn't alone, or to tell me that it was alright. It's funny now, the way things work. So many people write here telling you how you timed your posts perfectly, parallel to their lives. And you still have for me. I'm graduating this year and I haven't been this happy for this long ever. I'm proud of who I've become and I know exactly who I am. I was far from any of that throughout junior high and high school. So it's bittersweet really, this blog has helped me so much when I relied on it to, and now that it's the time for you to venture off I'm ready too. I'm okay.
Thank you Iain and thank you Jon. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys have changed my way of thinking for the absolute better. And now, for once, I am alright.
Thank you.
- Larissa

Anonymous said...

When you visit the Philippines, please do a book reading as well. I would like to meet you (though I'm not sure I'd know what to say).
Thank you so much for everything. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

- F from the Philippines

SlimChances said...

I cried when reading this. Thank you for everything.

Anonymous said...

I will miss you.

I am eternally grateful for every post. I couldn't ever thank you enough.

Please take care :)

snoworb said...

have you but no more blood to bleed?
i want you to know that you've touched so many lives in ways nobody can fathom. the words you craft ripple within me, and i thank you.
i hope you life treats you nothing but the best.

ML said...

Found this in 2008 and have looked forward to your words every morning. Thank you for what youve done! <3

Alex said...

This breaks my heart, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for holding all of our hands in the darkness and guiding us out. I hope you'll continue to share your future projects here, so that we can enjoy them as much as we've enjoyed this.

Much love. I wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

I'll miss you. Thank you for making me feel less alone.

Selphira said...

Thank you for everything.

I've been reading you for years now, and I always felt so amazed at how your writing could be soothing, or heart-breaking in just a few words. Well chosen words. I couldn't find anything nearly as powerful as what you wrote here, and you make look quite dull and anonymous the other poetic writers I know of.

I bought your book for christmas, and read it bits by bits to enjoy it as much as possible, and I have to say it was stunning, even more on paper than on the internet.

Thank you for all these beautiful pieces of your life you decided to share with us. I'll keep this blog in my RSS feed in case you come back, I'll be right here.

Good lucky for any adventure that is still ahead!

And thanks.

Anonymous said...

もう独りでいたくない。それは人生じゃない

Wani sahar said...

Noooo, dont go :(

fatima docrat said...

this is the first poetry sight that really touched my heart. you manage to express the inner workings of my mind in the most articulate and beautiful way.

please can you tell me where i can buy your books in Cape Town?

and when can we expect this poetry reading?

krista said...

thank you. for all the words i needed to read.
best wishes...

Melanie said...

This is heartbreaking. As another commenter said, thank you for writing the words we could not say. You have touched something extremely deep in me. The two of you have made me smile, tear, and pause everything I'm doing to think. And I will keep coming back here to find love and companionship.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Earl said...

I've only recently found the courage to open up my writing for the world to see, and your courage to write has become part of mine. I can only thank you, and hope you give even more people courage through your work. You can read the product of that courage if you click my name. I hope you click my name and pass by to see what you've helped me write. Thank you again.

Jessica said...

As completely shocked and sad I am to read this news, I am beyond excited to see what kind of songs you will write! You will share with us your music, yes??

Megan Kinnaird said...

I cried gently when I read this. Thank you for so many years of truly beautiful words. No matter what I am feeling, I can find something in one of your blog posts that resounds deep within me and makes me feel not so alone.

Good Luck with everything, you know we'll be keeping our eye out for your name.

x

Anonymous said...

Good Luck to all of the dreams you wish to pursue. There's no doubt that success will find you wherever you go. Because you're you no matter what. Thank you for helping me become me.

Jamie said...

I...dont think I'm ready for this...

Andriana said...

"Being gifted doesn't mean you have been given something. It means, you have something to give."
~You
You have been given the ability to touch so many lives with your words. I hope you never stop giving that gift away. You've done a beautiful thing here. You've brought people from all over the world together. No fighting or conflict. Just as escape from all the hate of the outside world.
I really hope to see you soon. I feel lost without you here. But I guess you find yourself the easiest when you're lost.
You are a beautiful person. Don't stop shining. Stay excellent.

Anonymous said...

These final words made me cry as I come to realise how much i needed everything you said. I will miss you so much but I look forward to finding you again elsewhere in your own truly remarkable and beautiful way. Thank you, me.

Anonymous said...

It aint like you to hold back?

be reminded that for me it isnt over

thebackgroundstory.com said...

You inspired us in so many ways, and I know you will continue inspiring us with your endeavors.

You are loved. You will be missed.

Mimi said...

Thank you so so much for everything you gave me through your words. Wisdom, love, hope, fear, goosebumps, tears... The lot. I'll miss you more than you'll ever know. Dont forget us & I will wait for along as it takes to see you again.

Much love,

Mimi xxxx

Sam C. said...

Thank you for years of helpful words and comforts to the soul. You have spoken words which most of us could not bring ourselves to say...your words have helpedus go through our most painful heartaches. I will never forget you and everything you have shared with us.

You're more than welcome to come visit the Philippines in time. I wish you the best of everything. Take care.

Release Me said...

Oh this hurts.
Thank you both for everything.
I love you guys.
You have beautiful spirits.
Pleasefindyourwayback <3

Anonymous said...

you gave us a beat, a ritme to which we all could sychronise for a while.
to feel connected in a strange yet familiar kind of way with people we will never meet.
to see we are all in this together.
to feel less lonely at times.
to realize our own tiny little tone we can play to paticipate,
to create what we are created for:
the most beautiful thing in the universe...
the sound of life.

thank you.
kruml

Anonymous said...

I shed a tear when I read this and at the same time am so happy that you are pursing a new journey! I will continue to visit this website. Your words will continue to inspire myself and so many others! Thank you for everything!

Savannah said...

I was looking for peace and I found it here when I discovered you 2 years ago by accident.
I posted some comments at times. Some of them were even answered.
Hey I even emailed you last year begging to re-apply the comments as an option to this blog.
Facebook ?
You must have had more fame on Twitter then on the blog…?
Your blog’s background is black as night, everyone here discovered it by accident. And they stayed there in the dark where they can truly express the substance of their being without fear, remorse, or shame.
Because the illusion of secret this blog weaves is mesmerising and encourages to open up.
I stopped posting when it became the image of an advertisement. Feelings and Facts do not mix.
We’ll work at being millionaires during the day, evening and night, but when one wants to escape, do we want to expose our weakness on Facebook or Twitter?
Do I want the world to help itself to my soul ?

sweet pea. said...

my heart broked.
i remember when i first found you. i wasnt sure what your blog was, but i liked it. i liked the shortness and simplicity of your posts. i loved that they made me think.
i loved seeing your new posts. i loved reading everything you wrote, even the words that did not particularly strike my fancy. i shared your words with so many people, and i will continue to do so. i sent your link to so many of my friends.
i used your words as statuses, i took screenshots of your posts and sent them to people i felt needed them more than i.
i will continue to do so, even if you do not.
when i went without technology for periods of time, i especially loved coming back and realizing that you had 3, 4, 7 new posts for me to read!!
i loved how relevant so many of your words are. i will still be here often, rereading old posts, much like i enjoy doing now.

dont get me wrong, i am unutterably happy for you, that you are doing other great things, that you are following your heart, that you will be doing what you love. and jon too, im happy for him.
its just sad. endings (even potential endings) are always sad.

i wish you all the best with everything, may the Lord bless you with every blessing you deserve, and more.
but i still truly hope you find your way back. the words you write for me, i will miss them terribly. i will be waiting for your return.
do me a favor, though.
do not stop writing.
do not quit writing for me. even if i never read it, ill know.
even if you dont come back here, to us, we will be here. waiting. missing you.
i love you, we all love you.
keep helping the world, one person at a time.

Kriselle said...

Hi!

I'm a huge believer and I'm from the Philippines. When I read that you are planning to visit the country, I got really excited! But this, you, going away is kind of sad. :(

I had been having a hard time finding your book in bookstores here and I hope on your visit, you will bring a lot of them here.

Even the thought of you going away is sad, you are also courageous in doing so. Only brave people leave to seek another adventure life has to offer them. The ending of something will sprout on a new beginning and I hope you find what you want to do and I hope I/we can still find you. I believe in you and I believe in your words because you have become one of my heroes. Thank you for your words. See you soon, in the Philippines (maybe?) or in this third space we call cyber world. :) God bless!

Anonymous said...

through me you were looking for him

Anonymous said...

So many things I thought I knew, so many things I love and all of it is gone now. My daily ray of hope here is endimg. You say its a beginning but i promise you births dont hurt so bad. Is this really goodbye?

Anonymous said...

Your departure brings me to tears. I feel like I've lost you. But the knowledge that you're moving forward, creating and pursuing things newer and greater things makes it ache less.

I can't wait until we meet again.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I miss you.

mariah said...

Thank you so much for healing my heart and helping me to find myself. Thank you for the sign I've been looking for. I'll miss you so much, I'll miss your words, I'll miss how much you understand me. I'll return here always to read your past posts. Good luck on your new journey, i know you'll do amazing. :) we're all here for you, just like you were for us.
I'll always love you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being the friend who always knew exactly what I needed to hear, at exactly the right moment. I hope that your future adventures treat you well and that one way or another our roads lead back to each other. Till then my dear friend. All of the love in the universe. ~Ker Bang Bang~

B. said...

When I needed some understanding because I felt lost, I used to visit your blog.
It's really sad that you're not going to update anymore but everything has an ending. I hope that one day you will come back and share your amazing writings with us <3

Love,
Breathe Me

Anonymous said...

:'( I'm devastated but I'm wishing you the very best in your career! God bless you xx

maricel polmo said...

sad... how heartbreaking it is to learn you say this. thank you for being voice when i couldn't speak for myself. i love you...

Don said...

Go if you must, but don't close the door, or turn off the light...

For you see, I just now found you, as you were walking out the door...

...and I desperately need to read what you wrote for me.

There are so many more behind me too. Don't worry, I'll hold the door for them. You be on your way.

Oh! And by the way..."thank you" in advance. :-)

Anonymous said...

No need to apologize.
We all have to move on.
Choose our own paths.
To better ourselves.

You were in a crossroad,
we all were at one point.
But I'm grateful my crossroad lead me to you. My inspiration.

Thank you.
Today I'm heartbroken.
I cried a little.

No need to apologize. I'm grateful.

-LeaD

Anonymous said...

Dear You,

Thank you for sharing everything you have shared. I will never get to post a comment on here that will match how much joy and joy-in-sadness I have felt whenever I read your posts.

I do hope you would still keep everything up on here as I am sure it would keep everyone from missing you so much while we wait for your next project.

All the best,

from Manila, PH

Anonymous said...

You became a part of me, and you still are. Until the very end. Thanks for everything.

Totel Fish said...

Thank you for inspiring me/us. I understand that you must leave, but please don't ever forget that I Wrote This For You will still exist in our hearts and minds. Every word and phrase you said will always be remembered. I am happy for you and your existence. Thank you. See you again soon! :))

Anonymous said...

This made me cry for more reasons than I can explain. Thank you for taking so many of my thoughts and turning them into the eloquent words I never had the ability to.

Dreamz of travelling d world before dying ! said...

omg i just love you and your posts.. pls dont stop writing your words gives me peace. you are saying the words that i could not say and i oftnly check this blog ..

all i waana say pls dont go we all love you

Debie Grace said...

Dear You,

I will miss you. I will definitely miss you. See you soon.

Me.

TPP said...

I don't even know where to begin but let me give it a try. I don't even know how I got on your blog but I did. And you were right, you did write it for me, because when I showed it to others they couldn't understand it the way I did, just like you said.

I don't know why your words touch my heart and rush my blood through my vains, but they have and do. You have inspired me greatly. And I am not saying this because it sounds good, you really have. I must say that it came as a surprise to me (your last blog post) but you know it better.

I have wish, which I think will help many people and one of your posts has ignited that wish. And that wish is to make it a visual reality of it to serve others. But I'm not worried, if it is meant to be I know I will meet you.

Thank you so much. For sharing. For inspiring and caring. Thank you. I wish you all the best and enjoy life exactly the way you have imagined it to be, and more.

See you soon,

-TPP

Kait said...

I found this blog too late, but I just wanted to tell you it changed so many broken parts of me. I have read it every day. I feel myself coming back together now. I just hope you realize what an amazing and valuable person you are for realizing these things, feeling them, sharing them, helping people, helping people save themselves. You truly inspire me. Thank you so much. Words will never be enough. I wish you the best in everything you do throughout life. You genuinely deserve all forms of success in all paths you take. I do hope you come back to this blog one day. But for now, I have hundreds of entries to pour over and feel so deeply. Thank you. Thank you so much.

dee said...

You mean you will stop using this website and only be active in facebook, twitter and tumblr? This is so sad. It has always been a daily thing for me to go to this website and read your new entries. But right now, I am happy for you too that you are making that leap and enjoy the journey as I have while reading iwrotethisforyou. Not goodbye, just see you later. :)

This person said...

The fact that I haven't been coming to check on this website regularly makes your leave, however temporary or otherwise, even more distressing.

But like the majority of the people who read your words, I think I'll try to follow your advice when you say that this isn't an end.

Thank you. Take care.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I miss you, everyday.

I don't think it's okay.

Anne.F said...

I'm losing you. The promises people made about will never leave and still loving is now seems like a real lies.
I hate you. I hate myself for loving you.

Anne.F said...

One by one people leaving me behind. I can't believe you do the same ..
I hate it.

Anonymous said...

My 1st reaction was NOOOOOOOOOOOO not this..this cannot end..not now..not now.but you've taught me to be strong..to be brave..and I know this isn't goodbye.and I want to say thankyou.and love you.and you will be missed..so much

Anonymous said...

I used to post messages to my beloved I missed.

I miss my best friend, I loved him so much. He's no longer here and somedays when I go through the day only later I realise I really miss him.

I have no other choice than to continue but I'm afraid to love again. I don't like loss. I don't like that the good can not last forever. I love my dog, he was the best friend I ever had.

One hug of him is worth a lot more than any grade, paycheck or accomplishment period.

Miss my lovely sunshine.

Ari Juliet said...

I am going to really miss this:( but it will always be here when I need it. Came across it randomly one day, years ago. I always find my way back to it..
Thank you for these words and thank you for being a reason why I want to be a writer. I hope one day while I'm passing by a bookstore, I'll see your name in the display window and I'll find my way back again.
Have a wonderful time moving on in your life and thank you for staying while you did.
:)

Roxxi. said...

Seven years.
I still can't believe it's been that long. But I'm lucky that I found this blog all those years ago, and I'm glad I've read it every week since. It was written for me, and it's walked me through ups and downs of my life. You have a way with words and I'm eternally grateful I've stumbled upon them:)
You have a gift.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Good luck in all future endeavors.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FodfkqfJrhQ

Anonymous said...

I cried. I've been with you since I was 13. I'm 20 now. I'll miss you, please come back.

Anonymous said...

I'm 20 now too. Seems weird eh.

Would walk past you without an eyeglance if I had a bad day.

Pretty Limbu said...

It's really sad to know ... but i would like to say thanks for helping me with your words, in many situations, good, bad and difficult... will be waiting for you posts in facebook.

Just Surrender said...

I was sitting in my Calculus class when I read this on my RSS feed. Of all places to say goodbye, for some reason, this seemed the most romantic. And I tried really hard not to cry.
You've been with me for a very long time. I grew up with you. When I stopped believing in fairy tales, you showed me that magic was a real thing, just that it existed in a form different than what I had thought. You knew the secrets to the human language, the antidotes to very sad feelings, every encouraging word to keep holding on.

It feels like I'm saying good bye to a very, very dear friend. The only one that knows the very nature of my heart. But you've given me so much hope and given me so much more than anyone has so I don't mind too much that my classmates see me rub my red eyes. I am so happy to have known you. To know you. And like a good friend I wish you the very best and I am happy you are changing and pursuing things that will make you more colorful. One day, maybe, we'll see each other again in a cafe over coffee and you'll tell me all about it, because I want to know.

Thank you for everything.

Just Surrender said...

I was sitting in my Calculus class when I read this on my RSS feed. Of all places to say goodbye, for some reason, this seemed the most romantic. And I tried really hard not to cry.
You've been with me for a very long time. I grew up with you. When I stopped believing in fairy tales, you showed me that magic was a real thing, just that it existed in a form different than what I had thought. You knew the secrets to the human language, the antidotes to very sad feelings, every encouraging word to keep holding on.

It feels like I'm saying good bye to a very, very dear friend. The only one that knows the very nature of my heart. But you've given me so much hope and given me so much more than anyone has so I don't mind too much that my classmates see me rub my red eyes. I am so happy to have known you. To know you. And like a good friend I wish you the very best and I am happy you are changing and pursuing things that will make you more colorful. One day, maybe, we'll see each other again in a cafe over coffee and you'll tell me all about it, because I want to know.

Thank you for everything.

Anonymous said...

I've never left a comment on any of your posts before cause I always felt it wasn't necessary, that my feelings would be drowned out by the others that said so many things and felt the same way, that commenting my thoughts and writing out my heart in words wouldn't do anything to change the way I felt, so I just chose to dwell in my feelings in solitude, to savor it by myself. But this is different. I've been following this blog, every post and written statement, for 6 years now. I've read every entry, admired every photo, shed tears on more than one occasion, and I'll be completely honest and say that this place has been my solace for such a long while, a place where I could drown out my sorrows and just feel. This was my home when everyone surrounding me, even the closest ones, just felt like nameless strangers. So I want to say thank you, for being there for me when no one else was, for giving me a home. Even if it was indirectly, even if I didn't have your words all to myself, I'm happy to have known the things you believe in and how you felt. You've helped me become a better person, someone who'd grab hold of their life and find happiness they deserve. I'm sure you'll do great things, but none as greater as what you've done for me, for us, for changing lives and giving a voice to emotions that aren't given importance these days. It would be a dream come true if I could meet you when you finally land on my homeland here in the Philippines, to tell you my gratitude in person at least once would be enough. You'll be amazing and wonderful, like you've always been. We'll miss you. We love you. Goodluck and goodbye, Mr. Iain S. Thomas. Best of luck to you and Jon.

ermyrkmn said...

It's like reading the final chapter of a book. A book, however phenomenal it was, has to end. I will re-read I Wrote This For You just like how I re-read my most favourite books. Thank you for writing all these, you have inspired me in ways you'll never know and ways I'll never really be able to put into words :)

Anonymous said...

I've had to say goodbye to numerous friends before, and it's always been hard.
This is no exception.
Thank you for your beautiful words that inspired me on countless occasions.
Thank you for giving me a hand to hold, a friend to laugh with, and a shoulder to cry on.
But most of all, thank you for opening the curtain to how beautiful this world of ours really is.
This goodbye is no exception.
In fact, it's harder than many previous goodbyes.
Never stop writing.
Take care.
I love you.

Francesca DiMaggio-Enea said...

I haven't been with you as long as everyone else. I haven't been with you every day. But every time I'm here with you, it's because I need to be. And right now, I just need you to know. You have left footprints on my heart. I will always come back, as long as you're here. And if you're not, then you don't need to be.

Francesca DiMaggio-Enea said...

I haven't been with you as long as everyone else. I haven't been with you every day. But every time I'm here with you, it's because I need to be. And right now, I just need you to know. You have left footprints on my heart. I will always come back, as long as you're here.

And if you're not here, then you don't need to be. I understand.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie

Pratik Shrestha said...

I feel betrayed when I found out you are ending this blog.. the blog assured me of things in different dimensions.. Thank you, nevertheless, for writing things I couldn't find words too..
I will always keep visiting the blog to go over the posts over and over again...

Anti- Social Freak said...

I just started reading this blog and I've ... I don't really know what to say lol, it has left me speechless, it has made me feel what I was afraid to feel and it has made me try and live for what it's worth.

Anonymous said...

Really it’s a heartbreaking to read this post because it looks like the end of a forever love story. Yes maybe i never wrote a comment on any of your posts but I’m a loyal reader for your blog, and the reason why i never did because whenever i wanted to comment i felt like you said enough, and there is nothing more to be said or added. i know it doesn’t matter to tell you this but I’m from an Arab country and all what i wish for is to buy your book (IWTFY) and read it again and again and maybe one day I’ll bequeath it to my kids to learn some deep meanings of love.

You’re the only living person who proved to me that love is the same in all kind of cultures and languages, and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all what you did to us. I wish you all the best of luck in your coming life and for sure I’ll continue checking your FB, twitter and this blog in case you added any precious posts.


With love and respect,
Salama

Anonymous said...

Where are you?

-Lost

Jana's Indigo Moon said...

I know you have moved on, and yes, I cried a little reading this. I haven't been able to read the blog in a while so I am four months after the thought.
I bought your book because the words were my thoughts and heart bleeding on the pages. I read it in a day. Then I read it again. And again.
Your gift to us are those words and the gift we all have to to be able to reach out and touch each other so that each of us can say, hey, I'm not alone after all! But so many of us cannot do the reaching or the touching. Thank you for being the voice, arms to hug and fingertips for others. thank you for helping us feel "less alone." So many times it's worse to be in a crowd and feel the most alone. Just like lying next to someone you though loved you only to find yourself aching from the worst kind of alone.
Much love and looking forward to your new words and works.

Namaste....
Jana

Anonymous said...

I've watched you sleeping for a while.

You know your fears, I know mine.

I can not live without you,

goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend,

you have been the one for me.

I want to see you happy.

MyWordsLeftUnsaid said...

Hi Iain.
I have read all of your posts and followed you for about two or three years. Struggling with depression and stress, this place has always been an anchor to me. A place to find peace and understanding. And I absolutely adore your poetry, every last bit. Also, I read Intentional Dissonance in a night and was left astonished and unable to sleep, as I just wanted to read it again. I understand your reasons for stopping, and I absolutely look forward to future projects. I would like to say thank you for everything. Not only has it been a huge part of my life, but I've shown it to others in order to save them as well. Successfully. Sometimes I panic and almost lose control of myself. But then I write. I started a blog about 2 weeks ago with poetry kind of inspired by you - but trying to give it my own flair. I would appreciate if you were to look at it. (http://ileftwordsunsaid.tumblr.com)
I am so sorry for the long, rambling comment, but I felt like there was so much to say. Thanks again for everything.

Anonymous said...

i miss you anyway. GBU :)


lots love from indonesia

:')

Anonymous said...

I miss you so much.I keep coming back here.I'm lost right now and your words and Jons pictures soothe me and make me feel better.I hope to be in a good place one day and tell you right here.till then,take care and miss you...muchly

Shivendra Mishra said...

its so..truly...

Shivendra Mishra said...

nothing to say

Styela said...

You have a way of making even the most heartbreaking moments seem positive. Thank you. We will all be waiting for your next project.

Annrie Bagaforce said...

I was touched all by your sayings to me!!! As in today i really miss my Best friends!!! when i go to our school alone then a lot of experiences there pop in my mind i started to cry and headed back home... I wish we could see each other no matter what!!! In the future i promise myself to look for you and hug you!!!! I miss everything we had!! our smiles, our hugs, our kisses on our cheeks and everything!!!! I love you and I miss you!!!! See you Again

Michelle Kosik said...

I didn't see where I can post, thank you so much it means everything to me. I really do need inspiration more than I lead on so thank you.