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Xinika the Omnispawna
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Still Growing, Still Blooming

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Ten years ago if you spoke of learning online, people would look at you with a crossed eyebrow. That's not so much the case today, although in some cultures (which I won't speak about directly), people still tend to be a bit on the fence about it. But how untrue is it that one could simply just brush away everything they've experienced online? I fail to see how because something is in a different medium, that it means nothing. Of course, physical needs do apply, but are we not engaging this world anyway?

Our minds have the ability to choose how we feel. Who's to say nothing can come about from something?

Even if one says that this means nothing, that person is still here - still engaged.
Better that person never connected to this medium at all.

Life is all about learning. Even if we think we're stuck in a ditch, or a sense of aimlessness seems to creep about, regardless of whatever situation we're in: We're still growing. It's interesting to see that experience from multiple vantage points. Here in the online world, some of us tend to think that we can jump into escapism. Maybe that's the case for a few, and it seemingly works well, but at the end of the day, we all walk away learning something new. Whether it's about something, someone or ourselves.

A year ago when I started Watchmen, there was no set goal for it other than being a hardcore PvP guild. Like trees, growing and blooming in their different seasons, that goal also changed. I didn't enforce a dictatorship upon the guild because the stronger part of me had no desire to do so. For me, I wanted to see what would become of it if I had the voice to lead, but the respect to see others blossom. It's like watching a seed turn into a beautiful flower. Now of course that can come with its thorns. There have been cases where if things were more orderly, then perhaps certain feats could be accomplished. However, I find that logic to be beaten into the ground. I didn't want robots to go out and do my will. I wanted people to freely choose what they do.

To say I have not learned anything here in this gaming world would be a blatant lie. I'm not just talking about ranked strategies or becoming the best at some class. This goes deeper than that. I have watched people from the balcony, saw what they were and see what they've become. Today, I still watch that beauty unfolding with people I always knew would come around. In many ways, the online world has bolstered my experience in dealing with the physical world. I try my best to treat people the way I'd treat them outside these games, unless they give me reason not tobleh. I don't hide myself. I'm me.

Losses, wins, laughter, sadness, anger, aggression, joy - all these qualities I've shared in the physical world, I've shared in the virtual world. So to why do some classify this as nothing? This is true beauty at its finest. We're engaged with each other here. We share our emotions. So why hide it? It can affect us. Although I am of the opinion that every experience is a net positive despite how hard some of them may seem, some tend to think of them negatively.

Understandably so. Some situations here may be absolutely horrendous, but at the end of the day, we could either take these experiences to bolster and strengthen us, or we can walk away sobbing with our heads down in defeat. So what will you? For me, I'll take this beautiful time I've spent (and still spending) with the people I love as something precious. Something unforgettable. A true testament that growth can be established with people in the farthest reaching corners.

I appreciate everyone here at Watchmen. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Macewinwar in particular for inspiring me to write this article. In many ways, he has been like an older brother I never had.smile

 



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:D

I like this one!

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Brohug <3

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My favorite so far, and not just because I'm in it. 

 

I think this sentiment is the main reason things have gone so much better this time around (POT5 etc.) - no longer is everything about being extreme tryhards and raging at losses, enormous shittalking following wins, and just the general drama that seemed to follow us everywhere. Everyone seems to be here because they want to be, because it's fun, because there's good competition, because we enjoy each others' company. You guys even did freaking PVE together. I mean, PVE. You killed monsters and shit. They didn't even try to cap nodes. 

 

We might not always run the 100% best comp. We might not always win. We might even get pissed at times. But at the end of the day, there will have been a lot of laughing, learning, and fun. Kind of reminds me of that famous Jimmy V quote: 

 

“To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day."

 

I don't know anybody in Watchmen outside of our online interactions through games, but I get at least 2 of those pretty much every day just sitting in Vent with you guys. Sometimes 3, if I laugh so hard that it makes me cry. And I do know what Shin means about being like an older brother - that's exactly how I feel in return, like she's a younger sister (which I never had) who I give advice to and feel protective of. Nick sometimes seems like a buddy from down the street who says the funniest and craziest shit, but I can still bounce ideas around with. Zab's like that guy at work who rages at the copy machine until he realizes he forgot to plug it in. I could go on and on. 

Great post, keep 'em coming!



-- Edited by Mace on Saturday 3rd of August 2013 08:01:23 PM

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