In all honesty, I had truly written off anything religion or God based at the point that we talked on your Facebook Live. You invited me to watch a show. That was the beginning of my path to find whatever the truth is for many things. Life, others, the whys, the hows. It has changed the way I will handle my children going forward. It changed my perspective on the value of life, mine and others. It made me uncomfortable. It pushed me to research. It urged me to be honest. It has shaped me. It led me to relive (in a good way) the past and things that made me think that if god was real, then I was broken or not worthy, and changed those thoughts. It helped define what a true friend should look like. It took me down the road to a community that genuinely cares for everyone in it, no matter your background or your traits. Since watching that first show, I am more comfortable in my skin. All of the guys from TART, the viewers, the Tik Tok community, the discord, have welcomed me with zero questions. Zero prejudice, none of the feelings I had when I was in the church. I always know that no matter the time of day, where I am, what’s going on, I truly have someone to reach out to, talk to, receive love and impart love to. It has helped me to be less insecure about me and who I am as a person. It has opened me up to trying things, taking chances, shooting for things to do what I would really love to do. Make people laugh, free them from the feelings and pain I’ve had and they are going through, make other people’s day better, help then also know that someone will be there for them as well. This next statement is 100% fact. If it wasn’t for you, Pasta, and TART, I wouldn’t be going after a dream of being a full time entertainer/comedian/content creator/inspiration to others, and potentially looking to do that as my way to make my living. Before watching the show and getting to know everyone involved, I had no real path to making that a possible reality. It sounds silly, but I would have never been on Tik Tok. I would have never shown what others have said for years. That my humor and ability to talk with people is my greatest attribute and that I should be doing it full time. I would never have even considered making my own show, my own persona, my platform to make a large scale difference using the best tools I have to do so. So for all of those things, I truly and humbly thank you. You know we’ve had a thread holding us together for two decades. And I honestly have the reason that we have been that way for this long. No matter if I’ve said it before or if I’ll ever really get the chance to show you again, you have changed my life forever. Even if I never get to the level I want, I have the opportunity to be myself and help others. And I will always love you, the TART guys, and the community that welcomed me in so easily and quickly. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
As a stay at home Dad with 4 small boys I don't have many friends, I rarely leave the house or get to have conversations with other adults other than my girlfriend when she's not at work. I love my life and am overall a happy person, but this does take its toll and causes me to have periods of intense depression and loneliness. After getting involved with the atheist community on TikTok and interacting with the members of The Atheist Round Table, I have hardly struggled with those things at all. I found a community full of really great people that I seem to fit in with nicely. Every day I wake up excited to see what everyone is doing and talking about, it gives me something to look forward to and gives each day meaning. I am very grateful to be a part of the community and can't wait to see what the future brings.
When I was asked to check out the TART YouTube channel, little did I know I was going to find a whole group of people that I am proud to call friends. Over the past months they have made me feel at home in the chat attached to the channel and I don't feel so alone in the world. My local Atheist groups are like exclusive clubs and make outsiders feel awkward when trying to get to know people. This is not the case with TART.
JMike may have left the show, but is still a friend I can talk to whenever, Oz thought I was a cradle atheist, but I won't hold that against him. Pasta, the man working things behind the scenes is surprisingly compassionate with people. BenG is the serious one, always prying into why a person believes what they believe, but gently. The Murderous one, even though he doesn't know how to treat a good pipe, is someone I hope to have coffee with some day. Last but not least, Just Jeff, he has made me a part of an even more extended group of comrades with Let's Talk Religion, dozens more people I would not have met if TART did not exist.
Not to forget, the scores of people who are in the chat for each show who have a warm camaraderie that is centered around the show. Even the other channel runners that pop in, it's become the highlight of the week to talk with them.
In a few words, I've found a home in TART. I may be the crazy uncle that isn't as skeptical as he could be, but the Tartians are helping me there. Much love to you folks, hope to see many more shows from you. And thanks for making me, even the tiniest bit a part of the TART family.