I've been role-playing for the past few years (perhaps around 5-6 already), though I'm more preoccupied with academic and extra-curricular stuff in the university recently. Quite tiring, but I'm enjoying my major anyway because I enjoy studying languages (particularly English), its structures, and how different aspects of the society use it.
I role-play since I find it as another channel to direct my emotions (e.g. rants, happy things, etc), especially if I don't feel like writing blog posts or if I feel I'm not given an appropriate character in a stage drama.
Have a nice day! =)