It changed quite a lot. Usually, I just played video games, speedrun them occasionally, go to school, and just get on with life. After I joined SRC, I joined the Minecraft Bedrock community. It took a while before I started making posts on my account, but when I did, I just didn't stop posting. My role became/is to help people in the Minecraft Bedrock (and other) forums. I usually act like a forum moderator, even though it's an unofficial title. Joining SRC gave me more friends to joke around with. It was a great change for me, as I don't have many friends in real life and feel like I don't fit in. It gave me a place that I felt comfortable in. It was some place to laugh and joke around with other people. That's how my life changed since I joined SRC. Also, happy birthday, @Comrade_S!
As for me, with the arrival of SRC, my life really moved in a completely different direction. To a greater extent, this was influenced by 1 game, I stumbled upon it completely by chance when I was passing random games. I still can't pass it, llmao. This game really seriously influenced me and made me rethink my life. On the site itself, I found interesting people with whom it is interesting and fun to communicate, a lot of different games in which you can both relax and concentrate, I improved my English language skills, etc.
@Komrade hehe, I also have a story about how I literally almost lost my life because of viewing the @starsmiley account
P S it's not like it's not related to her personally. rather, this is my own stupidity, but indeed viewing her account on src was the first step to rather terrible consequences.
Speedrunning actually has tiny impact on me, it make the game much more challenging which is exactly what i was looking for and on top on that it gave me the opportunity to be a respective player.
Well i'm not exactly sure how respectful you can be on 3rd place but still.
Lastly i even have a chance to share some ideas on strategies on the game (Yes i have one strat to improve my time but i'm still testing it)
It made me realize I could have a chance at the top, even if it isn't as big a hill to climb. It's great being able to say you were the best at something, even if the moment lasts but a few months. I now know how annoying it is trying to keep a title. There's little more than intrinsic value and the pursuit of small competition is more of a personal endeavor.
I was going to write a giant list of pros and cons, but I don't think anyone cares so I'll summarize.
Speedrunning fucked up my real world life so bad that I took the initiative to quit video games as a whole and become the best man possible, and now my life is amazing.
So overall speedrunning was a good thing, because without it I would have been mediocre, but now I am exceptional.