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17 minutes ago, ClearedtoLand said:

As I said, I choose the word therapeutic very carefully, but also very deliberately, and for that, you have my sincere gratitude. When some day I take up flight simulation again, I will be right back as a PMDG customer. Until then, I wish you all the best, you have been of greater help and in more way than you probably ever imagined.

Comfort can be found in some very different places. Glad that you were able to find yours. Some people don't at all.

Best of luck. We'll keep the engines turning for when you get back.

P.S. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen Carl write so few words. You clearly made an impression on him somehow.

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What an extraordinary reflection. Thank you so much for sharing that.  It can't have been easy.

I've never had a trauma remotely equivalent to yours.  But you've made me realize that my way of coping with my comparatively minor ones is quite similar, in ways that I hadn't fully understood before your post.

Thanks for giving me (and I suspect others) a whole new level of appreciation - for flight simulation, yes.  But not only that.

And yes - godspeed!

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That is a story unlike any I have ever heard or expected to hear in a forum like this.  I'm saddened by your loss and cannot imagine the pain you must have felt.  Thank you for taking the time to share it and I hope that you are able to find peace.

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Best of luck and don't forget....   Just above those dark clouds, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.....⛅

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I was going to ask you to consider your words, as I have half-jokingly asked one of the different software houses to delay the release of their sim product until after I'm back from my winter holiday, only to be met a couple of days later... with a delay announcement.

But... I feel like a slang term for a male reproductive organ now.

I can atest to therapeutic qualities in simulation from a first hand perspective (which is a story I haven't drunk enough whisky for today), so all I want to add now, is godspeed, and I do wish upon you a future gift of healthy and beautiful progeny.

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Wow, I am really touched by the kind and thoughtful responses from everyone. I am grateful that I could have shared a little bit of Nina's memory with you, and I appreciate the warm words of support and encouragement from all of you. Thank you.

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WOW! Francois.. THAT is the most moving, not to mention deeply personal story I've read on AVSIM for some time. ..Thank you for sharing. I use the sim as an escape, but certainly not from that devastation.

All the best in the future. Clear Skies & Tailwinds.

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Take care--simulators will always be around and improved when you venture back.  I know what you mean by the sound immersion on PMDG planes bringing back what you experienced as a passenger and hitting it home for you.  Flight sim is my creative outlet and I LOVE and have LOVED everything about commercial aircraft since I was 3...never changed; they form part of my heart and soul and make me, me...and make me happy! :blush:

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Totally not what I was expecting from a "When will we get X aircraft!" thread.

But I get where you are coming from, there is something to be said for escaping for a few hours into a world where the difficulties of our lives can be paused for even but a small moment.. and I hear you on the sound aspect - my partner has no issues falling asleep to the lull from a pair of GE90's crossing the Pacific or some RB211's doing an Atlantic run...

Francois, my thoughts are with you and your family and wish you well and hope to see you back in the community soon.

Wes

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I am glad Flight Sim helped you when you had need of it.  I cannot imagine your loss and never want to go through that. 

On the other hand Flight Simming can be more than an escape for you.  It is still there for when you feel you may want to again experience the wonders of Flight,  Come back soon,

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