So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish World of Warcraft
Jose Gonzalez Jul 12 Updated on Nov 06, 2018
About 5 minutes ago, I finally uninstalled World of Warcraft.
10 minutes ago I said goodbye to my guild I stumbled on my last crazy adventure of leveling up a Orc Warrior to the current level cap (lv 110).
Right now, I'm writing this article with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.
Sweet because I'm finally done playing World of Warcraft as posted in my 7 day challenge series.
Bitter because I found a bunch of nice people in a virtual world that I didn't want to leave. Much like you guys are here at Dev.to.
But my decision has been made and there is no turning back.
Let's take a brief look at what has happened.
...on Dragon Ball Z!!
Nah, I won't recap the entire journey.
Short Adventure Summary
First of all, it was insane!
I was playing 3-4hrs on weekdays and 8hrs+ on weekdays. It was aggressively stupid.
Why? - I can hear you ask.
Because I was focus (read: obsessed) with reaching level cap as soon as possible.
First week. 🙂
I was enjoying myself in the game. I wasn't obsessing to reach level cap. I had a plan what areas to level up and what dungeons to do.
The second week. 😓
This is where I started to push harder than I should. I was getting tired both physically and mentally.
But I think I reached level 60 by this point. It was getting crazy.
If it hadn't been for that guild I mentioned earlier, I definitely would've called it quits then.
Third week 😨
This was the turning point. There was little enjoyment here and got to obsess pretty bad. It felt like the good ol' days of my obsession. I was really tired, annoyed and anxious...I was a wreck.
This is where the guild came in and helped me power level. I didn't ask but they were help other guild members. I went in for the ride. This is when I built rapport with some of the guild members.
They helped me reach level 98. Good enough to play content from the Legion expansion.
But things weren't going well...
Fourth week 🤧😵
I crashed. My body finally gave out. I exhausted myself beyond belief. In other words, I burnout.
Burnout from a game? - You may be thinking.
Yes, but also burnout from my work place.
It is said that an addiction is an escape mechanism. And I was escaping work related issues.
"You have been burning the candle from both ends.", said my doctor when I went to see her, "you must rest!".
And I did.
My body forced me to. I had to take sick days off from work. I reached a point of no return.
Fifth week. 🤕
Eventually, I'd catch up on some rest and reach level cap: lv. 110 without really trying. To be honest, I didn't even noticed when I reached lv. 110 with my Orc Warrior.
I wish I could tell you I stopped playing right there and then. But I didn't.
The habit (read: addiction) was too strong. I ended up making another character with much less obsession but still dedicating too much time to the game.
This is when I made my decision to really quit the game.
First Step of Many!
I decided this a little over two weeks ago from the time of writing this article.
I have not played WoW for almost a week and half. I'm doing great.
With the exception of logging in today to say goodbye to my guild, I have not played at all.
Anyone dealing with an addiction knows how critical the first days are.
I'm not out the woods yet. I have a long way to go.
One day at the time
Continue to get plenty of rest. 😴
Here are some immediate improvements:
🔥 My eyes don't burn
😁 I'm not as cranky as I used to be.
🧘♂️ I have a clear mind and present in the moment.
⚡ Next week, I'll be giving another lightning talk at my local user group!
💖 I have more content coming down for you!
I will have more challenges, more crazy adventures and wild stories to share.
All in all to help you be a better developer and more importantly a better person.
Thank you for reading and till next time!
What would your journey say? 😊