When I started raiding, I did so because I was curious about new content and the challenge of working with a larger group. I was ready to spread my branches beyond heroics and try a new challenge. My pally and I never worried back then about how to juggle multiple raids – at the time we were just happy to get invited to any raid at all.
Flash forward to the present where we raid four nights a week as well as during the day on Sundays so that our across-the-pond raiders will actually be awake during boss fights. We are also leveling some alts with family members (my little alt is a healer, of course!) who are almost at 60, all with the idea of adding yet another raid night to our already full schedule.
And while I love raiding and working with the people in our various groups, sometimes I just want to chill out in WoW. Sometimes I log on when nothing is scheduled and, instead of being superproductive and earning gold for our next progression wipe-a-thon or finishing out that achievement I’m sooo close to, I fish for 45 minutes. I have an hour-long whisper-chat with another raid member or guildie in a sunny patch of Dalaran. I fly over Northrend aimlessly admiring the scenery. I log on with my DK alt and pick flowers while 30 Rock plays in the background.
And, truth be told, I don’t miss the gold I’m not earning, the dailies I’m not completing or the achievements un-achieved. Because sometimes it’s delicious to be lazy in WoW, to just enjoy hanging out with no agenda and no goal.
Just like in real life, sometimes it’s nice to be able to answer the query, “What are you doing?” with the happy words “Absolutely nothing.”