Tonight, after 150 days and 21 hours of playtime spread out over almost 3 1/2 years, I finally finally hit level 75 White Mage on Pikko. I realize that many people ding 75 every day and that another one shouldn't be all that big of a deal, but those that have known me the longest can appreciate what an accomplishment this is for me. My party tonight:
I first started my white mage with my husband and a bunch of real life friends in November 2003. We leveled up together slowly but surely, changing around different people in our static and having fun while leveling. My various statics included people such as Pokko, Mariachi, Manduinn, Syx, Opeth, Xellos, and Ekimus. I believe all but one are long departed from Vana'diel.
In 2004, when I gave birth to my daughter, my husband quit and I went on a long break. I think I was level 64 or 65 and exping took a lot more effort. I joined an HNMLS named VisVires and that took up quite a bit of time, especially since it was more fun to just fish and chat than to exp. People started to joke about my slow leveling on a regular basis. That time of my life in Vana'diel eventually came to an end and I found myself expecting another little taru. I started to think that I'd never see level 70, much less level 75.
In 2006, I was approached by someone on the Garuda server board after I posted looking for a linkshell. His name was Thayos and he invited me to his linkshell Imperial. They were more than welcoming to me and of course, this is where I made friends with my awesomest of the awesome CoP static including Thayos, Dragel, Jetamio, Gravatusmiasma, and Zarovich. I also need to send out thanks to Gluvan, who acted as my "bodyguard" in Gustav and helped to get me my second testimony.
Tonight it was with the help of Thayos again that I attained level 75. I'm so glad I met you, Thay. You're truly one of the most kind-hearted, helpful, and decent players I've ever met in my seven years of playing MMOs. My thanks to all the friends I've made along the way who supported me. I know this is starting to sound silly, like I'm dying or retiring or something, but I really never did think I'd ever get to this point and I'm just really really happy. Wheeee!!