If you had told me a year ago that I would be raiding current tier progression, I would have looked at you and laughed. If you had told me a year ago that I would be the officer in a guild 900 strong I would have shook my head and told you no way. If you had told me that I would have tanked current raids, led three groups successfully to their Herald of the Titans achievement, or fallen in love with the monk class I simply would not have believed you. And yet here we are, a year later. And all those things are true.
A year ago, I was a part of a small but cheery little guild. While it was full of wonderful people that I truly enjoyed playing with, it just was not a good fit for the way I played the game. A year ago I was an average pug healer. Occasionally I would have some really good plays but I wasn’t much special. I wanted to raid more than the pugs I could get into, but I didn’t think there was a guild out there who would want me with my unpredictable schedule. A year ago I was terrified of tanking. I couldn’t even lead a dungeon at max level, let alone tank any raids. A year ago, I restricted myself to what I had at that time. I rarely went far beyond my comfort zones and I hesitated before most opportunities.
What was that thing Garrosh said in the cinematic?
Today I am a proud officer in <Of The Queue>. I have successfully lead a number of events. I have tanked all of Highmaul, most of Blackrock Foundry, and a bit of Hellfire Citadel. I have become a much better healer, capable of using my cooldowns and abilities in a raid environment. I am in a raid group that is 7/13 in Hellfire Citadel and progressing rapidly. And I now rock a mistweaver and brewmaster monk as my second main.
So many times we stop short with what we have. We are so afraid of change and of failure that we don’t move forward. What we have is good enough, no need to desire more. But the world out there is boundless in it’s opportunities. Even if we fall, we can always get back up again.
Have I had my fair share of failed ventures? Absolutely. I worked so very hard on things that completely fall through. I’ve said “Good enough” instead of finding ‘best’. I’ve let fear keep me from trying new things.
But I’m making the conscious effort to stop. I want to experience all that the world has to offer (both in game and out). Instead of saying no, I want to say yes to new experiences. Because the world moves and world changes. Times change.
I have found my niche in the game where I am happy. I log in and say hello to all the people and I feel like I belong. I’ve pushed beyond my ‘good enough’ and into my ‘great’. I’ve found friends to support me and taken opportunities that I never would have dreamed of getting. And most of all, I’ve accepted that it can change. Everything can change. I won’t be stuck in the past, grasping at the almosts.
So this is my message to you today. A bit sappy, I willingly admit. But genuine. Seek out what makes you happiest. Times change; let yourself change with them. Find your ‘great’.