Edit: Hi everyone! Super big thanks to Friendly for linking to me. This website is pretty much discontinued and I now write over at my new website for the time being, with a special D&D project in the works... Thank you!
I've been involved with D&D for a long time, at least for as much history as I've got, since many people have played longer than I've been alive. For the past few years, I've DMed. Playing didn't really strike me. I was much more interested in already knowing how the world would play out and having that sense of security versus having to react to such unknown. Coincidentally, I made the switch from playing to DMing around the time I started to dabble in theatre arts.
It's been two years now. I'm acting in productions, I'm learning to improvise, and I can build characters quickly. I was starting to wonder what playing was like again when I began teaching others how to build acting characters quickly, how to establish relationships, and how to stick to goals. I looked back at my PHB and decided that it was time for me to play again, or at least to give it a try.
I showed up to my table with an idea and an order of fries (do recommend, they're delicious with honey mustard): A three-foot-tall dragonborn monk. After some laughter, I was encouraged to go on with it and joined a party with a furbolg, a bone-collecting dwarf, and a few others in a motley crew off to go dungeon-diving. At last, I was Sparky, and the world was her Uber.
I'm excited to keep playing. I'm learning quite a bit about DMing from going back to play from such a long break. Seeing how I approach NPCs and challenges gives me much more insight as to how my players might see my characters and locations.
I'll update you guys when there's more!