The End of the Road

This post turned out to be a lot harder to write than I had imagined (which is why I’ve been putting it off for so long).

Way back in November I discovered a lump in my breast (which turned out to be fine) but it set a chain of thoughts in motion. I’m incapable of playing casually, I want to be the best in everything I do and that had always pushed me into spending too much time raiding, doing dailies (which are the devil’s work) and of course taking PvP far too seriously. Over the last six years, I’ve spent at least half of it raiding between four and six nights a week for a minimum of four hours, with the odd raid which went to 3 or 4 in the morning. Then you add in the time I spend reading other people’s blogs and of course writing posts for my own and suddenly it seemed that I spent more time playing WoW than doing anything else.

Add to that the fact that I wasn’t greatly enjoying myself with Cataclysm, the zones were too linear, not being able to save guildmates from gankers due to phasing was hugely annoying and I was disappointed with healing in a raid environment (still a spamfest, the only thing that changed was the name of the spell being spammed). My unspoken decision became obvious, it was time to say goodbye. I hung on for a bit, trying to convince myself that I was still having fun but it felt hollow even to me. So, I cancelled my account and said farewell to Azeroth.

from this

to this

to this

to this

Azeroth has inspired, fascinated and pushed me in ways I never imaged when I picked the box off the shelf almost six years ago. For that I’m truly grateful.

All in all, I’ve had a blast. From running around wide eyed as a brand new character to dispatching Old Gods and various other evil denizens, the ups have outweighed the bad. I just want to say thank you to everyone who commented and everyone who read my rantings whether it was regularly or just the once. For the last few months of my subscription I had more fun writing this, than I did playing WoW.

Goodbye, goodnight and good luck to all of you.


10 Responses

  1. Goodbye.
    Sorry to see you go.

    You were one of the first wow blogs that I started following and your screenshots have always been peerless.

    Look after yourself.

  2. I’m sorry to see you go, but I can definitely understand your reasons behind it.

    I think there comes a time when we just *know* that it’s time to let something go, be it a game or another hobby or something else entirely – and continuing beyond that really makes no sense.

    I do wish you the best with everything, and hope that you find the enjoyment you’re looking for.

  3. It really sounds like you’re doing the right thing for you – but I’ll miss reading your blog! Your posts have always been interesting and amusing. All the best with whatever comes next – and look after yourself!

  4. I am very glad to hear that you are OK.

    I am sad to see you go, but understand as well. I wish you lots of luck in your future journeys and adventures!

    Take care of yourself!

  5. Whoaaaah Harpy – that just gave me the creeps realizing I named my own blog post for the day the same as you did! but then, bloggers seem to be strangely connected like this at times, so I decided to leave it as it was and include a link to you instead. 🙂

    I was wondering what happened to you when you stopped posting a while ago, it’s good to hear that you’re doing well. still, it’s sad to see another great blogger and fellow priest leave the blogosphere – but I can understand your reasons too well. if it’s not fun anymore, it’s time to quit – life is too short to play out of obligation or sheer boredom.

    Good luck wherever the road might lead you after your wow adventures, and be safe.
    Syl =)

  6. Good luck in any of your future endeavors! I’ll miss your writing and screenshots 🙂

  7. I am really glad that you are ok, but it’s not a bad thing to focus on other pursuits.

  8. Good luck in your adventures elsewhere. I’ll miss your views and lovely shots of Azeroth! Best of luck to you! *hugs*

  9. Thanks for sharing your journeys around Azeroth with us 🙂 Best of luck in whatever you get up to next!

  10. Sorry to hear that 😦 see ya in the next level 🙂

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