Out and about in the real world and I run across some Halloween decorations that amused me. In the store today, I found hound and cat skeletons.
In all my relocation and trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing on this rock of ours (news flash: I still have no farking clue), I apparently missed my 3 year blogiversary with WordPress (by about 2.5 months). Heh! Preoccupied much?
This originally started out as a place where I could geek out about WoW and riding motorcycles. On the heart front, it’s seen me go from happily married to the woman of my dreams to accepting that her heart has moved on (though I hadn’t really posted a lot on that subject). On the home front, it’s seen me living in FL, then *poof*, gone and mysteriously in Oregon and already looking for a new place to live. On the motorcycle front, it’s seen me and the bike through all kinds of fun and not-so-fun times and (though I haven’t posted the details) driving across the entire US from FL to OR. On the WoW front, it’s seen me wasting time chasing ridiculous achievements, destroying a guild that I once considered family, server transferring my toons to a more active server cluster and guild (almost a parallel to my cross-country relocation), become a raider (and eventually an assistant raid-lead), and then slide back into the background of the green text. I didn’t think this would become a living entity of sorts. It’s been a source of new friendships and another place to connect with existing friends.
So here we are. Three years in. Here’s to at least 3 more.
Since leaving central FL on 2017/05/13, I’ve effectively stopped playing WoW. I’ve logged in on occasion to handle mail, auctions, kick off missions (until I ran out of resources), occasionally try the Mimiron’s Head and Ashes of Al’ar runs on a toon or three, and claim the pets/mounts that I’ve collected via the WoW shop. However, I have not really played. I’ve missed 7.2, class mounts, and Tomb of Sargeras (yes I can still enjoy the content, but it’s old news). Patch 7.3 is out now, and I’m about to be relocating again.
I’ve been logging into the game here and there, mostly on my main (still my druid Aes). I poke my head into guild chat from time to time. I look at how far behind I am with leveling my artifacts (resto and feral) and get a bit discouraged. I look at my primary professions and see that I’m gated behind group content to push those forward and get a bit discouraged.
Still, for a toon that’s only done most of EN (N) once, EN (LFR) a little over twice-ish, and ToV (LFR) once, I’ve been able to push him to an iLevel of 867. It pleases me. I’m also still a decent healer in LFR (granted saying you’re decent in LFR means you aren’t trying to intentionally wipe the raid, it still feels good to know I’m not completely rusty).
It’s been quiet on my blog lately. It’s going to continue to be quiet here for a while.
Legion has landed and I’m underwhelmed. I’ve leveled my druid to 110. I’ve focused my artifact power towards my healing artifact. I’ve accumulated the other 3 artifacts.
The zones are pretty. The quest hubs (mostly) don’t have you going all over Hel’s creation to move on. The bonus objectives aren’t tedious. The leveling process is right on par with the leveling process from WoD.
However, I’m not enjoying it. I’m not thrilled with how the artifact locks you into a particular play style then penalizes you if you want to play something different. I’m not thrilled with how professions are gated behind quests. I’m salty that flight is going to be (more than likely) a year and a half out. The class hall campaign feels very slapped together (no real cohesion to anything other than “do this…now, do this other thing…now pat your head and rub your belly…put your left hand in…pull your left hand out…do the garrison hokie pokie…”).
A large portion of my apathy for Legion is due to my personal life up-ending. So it’s very difficult to find enjoyment in a game for which I have a larger list of negatives than positives. I’m going to be taking a break. Or maybe this is where I decide that I need to just hang up my WoW hat. I don’t know right now.
This is a bit of sage advice that has made its rounds a time or two or twenty around all the social media platforms.
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
There’s a bit that is missing in this story. People are multi-dimensional. Not everyone fits neatly into one of these little cubby holes. It’s possible for people to be in your life for a reason, followed by a season after a change, followed by a lifetime after yet another change. Sometimes it’s a season, then a reason, then gone. Don’t take any of these for granted. They can change. You can change. If you stop paying attention, the gradual change will eventually hit you like a train. Anytime there is a change, the person is no longer the same person to you (nor you to them). Cherish every moment you have with every friend and loved one you have.
Nothing is forever.
There’s a trend I’m noticing among folks that I follow. People are checking out for the summer. Today alone, I’ve seen 3 folks effectively say “WoD has reached its conclusion. See you in Legion.”
There’s no point to this entry. I’m not posting about the end of WoW. It just hit me that folks that I’m associated with at some level have stepped out for a spell.