It's rumored that tomorrow in World of Warcraft the "shattering" will happen. Basically major areas of the world are going to change. Some will be destroyed, some will be given new life. Until tonight, that idea didn't really bother me. The game keeping new and interesting is the point, right? You get bored if it just stays the same. But tonight I realized that I've spent about 6 years in this world, and I'm realizing that I have nostalgia. That I'm mourning the towns and the people and the land marks that only exist in fiction. Now, I'm not unfamiliar with this feeling, since people can get awfully attached to their TV shows, books and other fandoms, but... I don't know, it almost hurts more than a main character dying off. It's like my childhood teddy bear set ablaze. (I never actually had a childhood teddy bear, but that sort of feeling.)
So now I'm going and visiting those places that I know will be destroy. Saying goodbye to artificial landscapes inside the computers. Kind of like a fair well episode of a TV show where one of the character tritely turns off the lights on the most common of the TV sets.
I think that I'm realizing that 6 years is just a long time to be living in a virtual world. It's amazing just how much fiction is part of being human and how much we can be immersed.