I had a post a few days ago, where I was talking about some of the achievements or small goals that I had wanted to do, but never tried, because I was afraid of the time or effort involved.
A reader named Errol left a comment that made a lot of sense to me.
He made the point that there were several things he really wanted, that he did put the effort into. The Baron mount from Stratholme, for example.
Day after day, week after week, for months, trying to get that mount.
He put the effort in, you can’t say he hasn’t tried. For years, he’s worked for it, and never seen it drop. He hasn’t been afraid of commitment.
At the same time, it is a mount he could potentially get as a lucky drop in a Satchel for tanking or healing a pug.
But he doesn’t want that. He doesn’t mind about others doing it that way, cheating themselves by taking a shortcut, but he wants to earn it his way, playing it the way it was made. It’s all about earning it the right way. For Errol, it’s gone beyond the mount, and now it’s all about earning something that will represent the dedication and the effort he put into it whenever he sees it in his spellbook.
This is the flip side of what my post was about.
I showed how I talked myself out of trying something, imagined a level of effort something would take and just talked myself out of ever even trying.
The lesson for me was, maybe it will be as hard as I think or have heard, but maybe it won’t. Maybe I’ll get lucky. Maybe I’ll even find I LIKE what other people consider to be a mind numbing bore chore.
What Errol points out to us is that sometimes the random nature of drops means that maybe once you try, the grind will be far, far, FAR worse than you ever imagined.
Sometimes, you are that 9,999,999 try person that never gives up, but still doesn’t see the drop, the person that blows the bell curve like warm glass and stretches it like a taffy pull.
For me, at a time like that, if I find that it really was just as bad as I thought, or even worse… it goes on the far back burner. I won’t forget about it, but I tried for a bitm, confirmed my first impression, and now I’ll take a break and let luck have a little rest.
Like that Sewer Rat. I keep coming back to that little bastard, fish for a few days, and go back to something else.
Someday. *shakes fist* Someday!
The heart of my post, what I was really trying to say, was having all those goals can be just like having a cake mix and all the fixin’s in your cupboard.
You know that they’ll taste delicious if you make the mix, bake the cake, and cover it with frosting and little flakes of coconut.
But if you leave that box in the pantry and stare at it, that cake ain’t gonna make itself, and you’ll never wipe frosting off your chin.
You want it? Go bake it! Just go coco-nuts!