So as some of you have seen on my Twitter or Facebook…I canceled my WoW Subscription on Tuesday. To be honest, it’s not official that I am quitting WoW. I don’t think I can ever quit WoW for good. It has been a HUGE part of my life. I met my best friends, and my husband through WoW. Here recently, my three-year-old son has been taking an interest in the game. Or at least jumping off the elevators in Orgrimmar, and plummeting my toons to their certain death. Can I completely quit and be rid of WoW for the rest of my life? No, sorry. I don’t think it’ll ever happen (unless Blizzard stops the servers entirely).
Frankly, I don’t think I can quit WoW. Especially after raiding Firelands with my guild later that night, and last night. Before I get into it, I want to clarify something. I don’t like calling “playing WoW” my addiction. I really don’t. I try to play about 3 hours at night every day. That is a total of 21 hours a week, possibly 25 hours if I include the days that I raid (which is twice a week). Notice that I say try. I don’t play every day. I have other priorities that overcome WoW. School and my son are a good example. The only reason why I’m calling it an addiction, is because of the mental hold it has on me. I’ve had a lot of fun talking with my guildies. I have fun doing Raids and running Heroics with them. But between classes, homework, my son, Housework, etc; How can playtime with WoW fit into my schedule?
That question has been stressing me out for the past couple of weeks. Sure, “WoW isn’t a priority. Get over it” may come to mind. I do agree it’s just a game and I should get over it. However, WoW is the main form of Entertainment I have. It’s the one place where I can take a break from other things that are stressing me outside of the game. I enjoy my time playing WoW, and actually taking a break. So when did it become more of a stressful job, where the workload never ends, and not a game where I can relax?
Probably because I haven’t been organized in Real Life, to find the time to play. Have you guys ever watch the movie, Chaos Theory? That’s how my life is right now. I wake up a couple minutes later than I had planned, every thing gets out of whack! I just need to take a step back, and figure out a good schedule (and stick to it!); to where I actually ease my mind, and play WoW. For some people, a schedule would just add more stress. If some thing from the schedule goes out of whack, they are lost. Something a bit similar to Rotations in-game. Have you ever dueled someone that seems to be following a routine? Like a Rogue going stealth then sapping you? Then once the routine is out of whack, (and you pop them out of stealth), the rogue is just staying there pressing buttons frantically because he doesn’t know what he’s doing? Not saying all rogues are like that, but I’ve had my share. Or “my cooldowns were down. Do over.”
So I need to figure out a schedule, and one that’s not set in stone. As a mother, any thing can go wrong at any moment, and get my schedule out of whack. Real Life is always the priority over a game. But in order to handle the insanity of real life, a mother has to have a break from it all. Just like every one needs something to get out of the rut. I’ve actually thought about getting up at 6:30am, and talking a walk. Sometimes at school, I drag my heels going to the library, so I can enjoy outside. Especially since the squirrels at my college are really cute and friendly. No wonder why I’ve been having a particular companion out so much (other than the obvious jokes).