Early Retirement: A Fond Farewell

Early Retirement: A Fond Farewell

I’ve always known that I would have to bid farewell to World of Warcraft someday.

2014 is a year of new opportunities and responsibilities for me, and as we enter another week into this year, I find myself filling out page after page of my planner with a list of to-do’s, which include upcoming classes and a slew of projects. I also have a few road trips lined up for when the weather becomes more agreeable. Am I excited? You bet your ubiquitous legendary cloak that I am!

My sub ends next month but given what I have on my plate, I won’t be able to make the most of the remaining 30 days. I am turning over my WoW account to my husband, whom I gave permission to use my level 90s to farm mats for his low-level alts as well as run them through instances. That said, I had to clear my Real ID friends list for his own privacy. To those I was not able to message about it, please accept my apologies. On the rare occasion I will play my own character should dual-boxing prove too challenging for him, I will look you up and say hello.

How do I feel about retiring this soon? To be honest, I am both sad and glad. Sad that I am leaving a virtual world that gave me lovely friends, wonderful memories, plenty of laughter and heart-stopping excitement and best of all, the love of my life whom I married last year.

On the flip side, I am glad that it’s over. Glad that I no longer have to structure my real life hours to accommodate duties and responsibilities in a pixelized world. Glad that I don’t have to deal with people raging over the smallest mistakes, wasting my time when they don’t show up, AFK-ing when they just want to be carried, splitting hairs over numbers in the meters, cruelly cutting others down to size and judging my worthiness to play based on three seemingly sacred digits. What was once so enjoyable in my innocent days in Wrath has turned into a stress-fest and the equivalent of the corporate rat race that I once got sucked into until I got fed up pulling knives out of my back on a daily basis.

I will maintain this website for as long as I can for posterity. I might also publish a few fly-on-the-wall posts every now and then. And dang it, I have yet to finish Part Three of “What I Don’t Want to See in the Warcraft Movie”. I’ll get around to doing that eventually.

To those who are staying in Azeroth to continue their journey to Warlords of Draenor, I wish you well. And remember to step out of the house every now and then for some sunshine. It won’t kill ya, I promise.

Best regards,
Signature-DK
January 7, 2014

/switches off PC

/steps out of the house

/marvels at clear blue sky

/cue cool music by The Peddlers

22 thoughts on “Early Retirement: A Fond Farewell

  1. Sad times. Your blog is a great read.

    What about all the unfinished business?? Did you ever get the Ashes of Alar or the other Warglaive?

    1. Hi Steve!

      Looks like my husband is going to be doing those mount and legendary runs for me out of sentimental reasons…and in the hopes of convincing me to return in time for WoD. LOL. He’s got a soft spot for my DK as that was the toon I was on when he met me for the first time. He can’t bring himself to say goodbye to it.

      I’ll still be posting, albeit sporadically, on this blog. As long as he keeps both our WoW accounts subbed, I know I won’t be able to resist taking a peek at what’s trending in Trade Chat. πŸ™‚ #guiltypleasure

      Enjoy your adventures in Azeroth!

      Best,
      J

    1. I’ve killed him on LFR and Flex. That’s enough for battle-weary moi. I had my chance to kill him on normal two months ago but one clusterf*ck after another just killed all my drive and motivation, and then Real Life came calling.

      I think I had a pretty good run in WoW. My achievement points are nothing to sneeze at. Still proud of what I accomplished in the nearly 4 years I played WoW.

  2. Damn!
    I am sad that you are quitting but only for selfish reasons, I think you blog has been the best WoW read for ages.
    I wish you all the best with all the fun things you have planned and hope all goes well.
    As the blog, I’ll not remove it from my favourites list just in case you pop the odd post on sometime.
    Thanks for all the joy you have brought us
    0/

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Xenu! I’m glad my blog gave you some form of entertainment. It was both amusing and therapeutic for me to share my adventures and misadventures in WoW!

  3. Well damn. I didn’t even get to say goodbye. But then again I have only been on 4 times in the last 3 months myself. After 4 years I finally found myself spending what little time I am home with my family instead of my wow family. I am so happy you finally found true happiness outside of Azeroth too. Keep in touch buddy! You will be missed!

    1. Eric, I missed you! Well, thank God I have you on Facebook. Don’t be a stranger, send me a PM every now and then to let me know how you’re doing.

      The universe gave me a new lease of life and I intend to make the most of it.

      Family comes first! Hope we could all meet up someday so I can meet your lovely girls.

      Hugs,
      J

  4. A very well written and witty blog that I enjoyed reading for many months. I hope you will continue to provide commentary — fly on the wall as you described it when you have the time.

  5. Saw in the armory that your dk is still active but I’m guessing it’s your husband playing it. Surely you must miss playing her?

    1. Oh I log on her every now and then but I no longer participate in the daily grind and headaches. Hubby’s been mining and enchanting on her. The perks of having a farming toon with maxed out professions!

    1. Not very soon, I’m afraid. I’m just too busy with classes, homework and too lazy to do anything else.

      Wait, I take back what I said about being lazy. To paraphrase Grumpy Cat, it’s not laziness, it’s what’s called “selective participation”.

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