Wow happy birthday DA, you're only two years younger than me which is crazy but freaking awesome! Okay now for my story:
I found DA by chance when I was 11 I think. I wanted to see more art work from an artist and liked and they happened to have a DeviantArt account. Eventually, I wanted to post my art too and maybe even talk to some of these and made an account when I was 12 (yes I was one of those) but then I abandoned that account for reasons .
A couple months later I made another account, this one and started joining Rp groups. I got the courage to go to the chat rooms and talk to people and through these characters I met some really awesome people. My family went through a lot in the years following and my irl friends could only help so much. They kept me sane during the day while my online friends kept me sane at night.
Because of DA, I never stopped drawing or trying to improve. There was always an rp event to draw, another artist who's level I wanted to reach, a story I wanted other people to see. It became almost therapeutic for me. My DA name became a second name for me and even though I've had my share of lost friends and drama, I wouldn't change anything about the past 4 years(this account is actually only 3 years old I believe)
I know now that I have a lot more adventures to come, and a lot of work to do, but I'm ready and I'm not alone anymore.
Happy 14th Birthday DA!