I have a confession to make: I’m not really keen on the whole cultural New Year’s Resolutions thing. I think waiting until New Year’s Day to try and change things that need changing is silly, and I know that resolutions made on the first of January will usually have been guiltily forgotten by the next week! But on the other hand, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with looking at the year ahead, retrospecting on the year behind, and trying to improve the former with regard to the latter. That’s scientific, that is.
The more I use the Dungeon Finder, the more I’m encountering total and utter silence stretching from the nervous “hi” or two at the beginning to the relieved “thx bye”s at the end. Between these dim and sputtering torches of actual gen-you-ine humanity lies a grim and dank expanse of pure awkwardness and fear: nobody dares to break this silence for fear of what these mysterious unknowns they are grouped with might do! And I think this fear can be justified, given how much nastiness, inconsiderateness, and petty bullying I come across in WoW situations – especially in the dungeon finder PUGs and on forums on which the game is discussed. It’s so unnecessary and recklessly harmful.
So, because that’s in my mind at the moment, here are some “resolutions” that I would like to stick to:
WoWRes #1: I want to try to be always appropriately sociable and talkative in PUGs, and will make the effort to engage in meaningful communication where it is beneficial to the group (especially when I’m the arbitrarily designated cat herder).
WoWRes #2: I want to always be considerate and friendly towards people I come into contact with, whether in-game or on the forums – or at very least, polite and civil in my disagreements with them. I’ll take PUGers “as-is” and won’t try to change them to fit my ideals.
WoWRes #3: I will never let a desire for expediency of character furtherment take precedence over the really important and worthwhile aspects of the game-space – fun and friendship.
Of course, the challenge for “resolutions” like those is in keeping them when you really don’t feel like it – when you’re tired and just want to get your emblems of frost for the day, or when someone writes obnoxious invective in response to your forum post that was trying to be helpful.
RLRes #1: I want to start writing fiction again. It’s fun and can really tighten up one’s use of the language.
RLRes #2: I want to give more time to music. It’s in danger of becoming simply a soundtrack to other things I do instead of something I simply appreciate for itself.
RLRes #3: I will remember, with every cup of tea that I drink, what a special privilege it is to be able to regularly and easily partake in such a magnificently normal and humble pleasure.
I won’t “tag” anyone to do this (and several bloggers that I read have already done similar things anyway), but if you like the idea then go ahead! What kind of “resolutions” do you have, or should you have, for the coming months?