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It’s a bit gloomy today here in good ol’ Gotham, but feels like it’s the right amount of rainy to flesh out a blog post. I like coming up with posts that I’ve been wanting to speak about. Today though I dove into the Blaugust Anook community and one of the writing prompts struck a chord for me to discuss.
What was the last activity that you did that pushed you out of your comfort zone? How did it turn out?
I feel as if in many respects, XIV is the MMO that gave me a second chance. Past experiences in MMOs really gave me some reservations, fears and phobias of trying difficult tasks (for me). The three that really gave me some shaky confidence was dungeons, raiding and healing. It set such anxiety for me, I pretty much exclusively played PvP in a tanky DPS role (a.k.a Frost DK) because I couldn’t even humor the idea of stepping out of my shell. There were some other factors that played a role in this, but I’ve put that resentment to the side. The past is in the past and deserves to be left there. XIV even in its beta stages left me in such awe that I was determined to not let my fears get the best of me.
Within my new FC (now my permanent GoV family) they were super encouraging in really trying out all the classes, explaining things to me in a concise and constructive manner and really pushed me to “Git Gud” without the negativity. They gave me valuable resources of where to read up on the classes I was trying out, helped me out with crafted starter gear so I wasn’t too squishy in dungeons, and above all else? They made the experience fun. When it came time for me to finally face my first dungeon, Sastasha? I was a nervous wreck. With an FC mate taking the tanking duties, two random players on DPS and me healing as a Conjurer (yes I conquered my fear of healing, but that’s another post for another day! ^_^) we ran through Sastasha. Of course there were close wipes, there were definite wipes, bubbling crates were missed, and of course I had momentary heals in stance dances. The group was REALLY understanding though; they were understanding of my nervousness, explained things thoroughly, and I even got commendations that first go round.
Sastasha isn’t a hard dungeon by any means (especially now) but I’ll forever remember that dungeon and the experience as a whole. It’s what gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and it’s a constant reminder that I can try anything at least once. Now almost two years later I’ve raided up to T5 (I’ll get you Twintania when I can get time online), have completed the MSQ up to Sohm Al, and am a level 53 WHM. It’s not a huge achievement, but for me? I’m thankful for pushing past my boundaries.