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10-01-2009 @ 8:30AM
There are two reasons I find WoW so compelling: the first is that as a disabled, housebound (much of the time) person I'm able to still enjoy an active social life, even if it's confined to the internet.The other reason is closely bound up in why I started playing in the first place and why I made my first main toon a rogue. The year I started playing I had found one of my best friends dead of a heroine overdose in my house. Yes I was the person who found him, I was the person who had to deal with the police and emergency personnel in his house, and until we located a long-lost aunt it looked as if I would be the person in charge of burying him. And in the middle of this I had to deal with my own grief and anger and the grief and confusion of my children, who loved him just as much as I did. He really was more like a son to me than just a friend.As a reaction I started to withdraw from my friends and rarely reached out to them. My youngest, savvy daughter introduced me to WoW as a way for her and me to keep in touch, because even though we lived in the same house I was so sad and overwhelmed I could barely manage even that bit of interaction.Well I made my first character a rogue because she could be angry where I could only express my anger through tears. She had a strong physical presence, compared to me confined to a wheelchair. She was tough in the ways that I was just a weepy marshmallow. And that year I spent playing her was the year I processed my grief and anger and learned to put it in its proper place.So WoW has been social life and very real therapy for me. As I've moved past my grief and settled back down into a fairly content life, I changed my main to a resto druid, somebody who better reflects my basically nurturing, caring self.
10-01-2009 @ 12:23PM
This woman speaks the truth. She's an awesome gal, and I surely miss playing with her in-game! Sorry for not stopping by Arygos more often! Hope you're having a blast!-Bash
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