Here we are, the long dark winter of the Wrath of the Litch King is winding down. With great rumbles in the distance a Cataclysm is coming. The world as we know it is about to be wiped away, in its place is a great unknown. We are at a tipping point, a transition, waiting with bated breath for the storm we can sense coming.
This lull between expansions brings to mind the story of the grasshopper and the ant.
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
long, building his house and laying up supplies for
the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come
winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper
has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold
Like the ants in the story some folks are starting to stockpile money and materials like the Cataclysm is the long cold winter they need to prepare for. They grind materials, they do dailies or play the auction house to stockpile gold. They have bank alts full of stack upon stack of crafting materials for the next phase of the game. in short they are prepared.
Then like the grasshopper there are those more worried about having fun now. Stockpiling things by accident at best. spending more time on doing whatever seems fun at the time than worrying about what will happen when the long dark night of leveling in a new area comes to pass. They simply trust that whatever they need will be found along the way.
In a way I am both a Grasshopper and an Ant. I might have spent a little bit of time and money stockpiling a few odds and ends, but I am done with that now. My guild bank runneth over one might say. I spent my time as an Ant and now I am ready as I can be for what is coming.
Now, as we all get ready to ride the roller coaster of the pre-expansion patch and Cataclysm world event I am going to be a grasshopper. I will keep goofing around and having fun, leveling my alts and going wherever the winds carry me. When the time comes I will have had the best of both worlds.
The preparedness of the Ant and the “all in on a pair of duces” fun of the Grasshopper.
How about you?
Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?
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