So, here we are, less than a week away from The Patch.
And I still have things left to do.
I am leaving them undone, and I shall explain why.
Here’s the thing. Every one of us plays this game for different reasons. Some play it for the hardcore, bleeding edge raiding, are into running the numbers, simcraft, being the best they can be at raiding. Some play it for Player versus Player, running the numbers on that, getting the macros, the gear, the teammates, the compositions just right. Some play it to get ALL the things, and play the collection game; lists galore, spawn times and locations mapped out to the minute. Some play it for Internet Fame, with different angles to achieve this depending on the above. Some play it for the social aspect, to keep in touch with family and friends, chatting away whilst they accomplish their in-game goals. Some do a mix of the above, dabbling in everything, and not really being able to or wanting to take the time to perfect everything, but to just be the best they can at it and be happy with that.
Oh, sorry, that last description was me ^.^
I hate defining myself, applying terms and words that are open to interpretation. I’ve had words applied to me throughout my gaming experience that I won’t share, not that any of them are particularly bad, but I just choose to not revisit them. When you’ve been playing a game consistently for a long time, you can look back at past actions and wonder what the hell you were thinking, and also see A LOT of personal growth and development. I’ve made mistakes, bad mistakes, lost a lot of friends due to my own actions, but at the time I thought I was doing the right thing for me, and didn’t see the repercussions of my actions and words.
The point? Yeah I’m getting there, hold your horses.
I have seen a lot of negativity both in-game and on social media, calling out people who didn’t get things ‘done’ this expansion for one reason or another. I know I unsubbed for a good chunk of time, and the rest of the time I was caught up in other things and didn’t feel like applying the time to WoW. A week or so ago I felt like I had set myself up for disaster, so to speak, by not planning my time properly and getting the things done that I needed to. I thought I had all the time in the world, when really time was slipping away faster than ever, as it tends to towards the end of a journey.
Throughout every expansion, there is something I didn’t get done. Something left unfinished, that was removed from the game, or changed, and guess what? I’m okay. I am still playing the game, still enjoying it. Sure I will miss not having gotten my legendary cloak on my main, or not completing the green fire quest while it was relevant. I didn’t ever do a full gold CM run and get a transmog set of gear or a cool mount. I never raided SoO at all with a raid group, only with LFR.
Guess what? It’s okay to leave things unfinished. It is okay to realize that things change, that sometimes you don’t always get what you want. I’m trying to put a positive spin on my life currently, and I’m letting that bleed over into my online life as well. I’m trying to turn negatives into positives, so I’m looking at this as the start of a new adventure, new goals to achieve, new lists to scribble down and cross off progressively. The thing I love the most about this game, the thing that keeps drawing me back, is it’s constantly changing and evolving, and it just feels like home.
Change is scary, ’tis true, but like most other humans I both abhor and adore change.
Throughout all of Mists, I’ve felt behind. It’s not that I didn’t want to get into the story, or get into the raiding, or what have you, but I’ve felt like I’m scrambling behind. Every other expansion I’ve known the ins and outs of almost everything. I’ve had all the boss fights down, every enchant and gem cut and stat priority for my main down to a science. I had my farming routes down, my dailies down… But this expansion I just felt like I was flailing along the entire time. So I’m ready to start anew. Learn new boss fights. Maybe raid some, with an actual group of friends instead of LFR. Learn all about Garrisons (so freaking excited for this feature), LEVEL MY MAIN AGAIN!! There is so much that I’m looking forward to!
To steal a line from a friend (you know who you are ^.^), it’s time to draw a line and move on.
See you in Azeroth!