I am four bars away from 80.
I have been this way for about a week now, and, to be honest, I am not in a rush, for a few reasons.
One reason is that our keyboard has been acting up again, and I found myself with a stuck left arrow key, trying to heal my daily in UP, spinning out of control any time I didn’t have several fingers pressed on strategic keys to minimize my dizzying movement. I figured that I wouldn’t be able to go into another daily, and that perhaps I would be stuck for a while until I could get a technology fix and resume questing and dailies for that last bit of experience. Thankfully a little dusting under the key with a toothpick seems to have, at least temporarily, fixed that situation, so I am free to move forward into the ranks of the gear-focused, end-content playing 80’s.
Another reason I’ve been waiting, is that our guild leader has been on a month or so long hiatus due to work, and one of our main guild members (in a guild with about 4-5 active players, they are all SUPER important) has been busy with outside affairs, so I’m kind of waiting to see if I can get everyone on at the same time to be with me when I hit this milestone in my WoW career. I don’t know if the guildies will read this post, but if you do, please know that I can’t express my appreciation for all that you do, and for you just being there. You are all very special people, to have stuck by me for so long, so painfully long, and I ❤ you all for it.
The other reason I’ve been holding off is that, well, I just don’t want to give up this moment.
There is, at least for me, something so special about this first time through, because it has been so new and intense and so unique, AND, it will NEVER be the same way again. The visual experiences, the friends, the backstories and other stories, the special conversations about people’s lives and their experiences in the game, the incredible crazy/intelligent/stupid/random trade chat, the humorous item names, the tongue-in-cheek quest descriptions, the deaths (many), the lore, the searches online for how to find the quest item needed or work through a particularly difficult questline, heck, LEARNING how to search online for quest-related information, learning the basics of healing, and now feeling like I am delving deeper into healing and becoming perhaps, someday, a real healer; yes, I will certainly have these experiences again on another character, but they will all be a second time around, so maybe not quite as new or special feeling.
Sure, there are plenty of new experiences to be had. Gearing up, dungeons I haven’t done yet, classes I haven’t played, raiding too, of course. And I SO look forward to the future, don’t get me wrong. Chase Christian wrote an incredibly inspiring post on Wow.com about how to be a great (vs. just good) holy pally, and I was filled with excitement about his ideas, ready to go out and become the absolute best holy pally I can be.
To be honest, I can’t think of a single topic that I’ve learned more about in recent years, so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise to me that it is so momentous. I know that most people are probably like “meh, it’s just a game,” but somehow I can’t look at it that way.
So, I will, in a day or so, with my trusty guildies, go forging ahead into the brave new world of 80, never to need another experience point again, accumulating gold like a baronness, and casting my holy powers out in all directions to keep my comrades alive.
But, for just a little bit, I will sit here, and think about how special it is to be just about to turn 80 on your very first character in WoW. And, just between you and I, I might even be a little teary-eyed about it…..