Wizard101 Put My Life Back Together
During the holidays, we’re running a contest through our “12 Days of the Spiral“. The question is – what has Wizard101 or Pirate101 meant to you and/or your family in the past year? Here is our eleventh winner! Read how Wizard101 helped helped this young Wizard cope with her parent’s divorce.
Wizard101 has meant everything to me this past year. It’s been the toughest and the best year of my life. In February, my parents separated. I loved them both and I’d never foreseen this, but it happened and it broke my heart. Moreover, I was doing poorly at school. In grade 9, I was the only dyslexic girl in my classes. I went to a small, private school, so I could never really blend in with the crowd. I could hear students snickering behind my back about the way I stumbled over words when I read. It really hurt, and after the divorce, I would cry almost every night. Sometimes I just didn’t know if I could keep going anymore.
A few months later, a friend told me about Wizard101. I said I’d check it out, thinking it was just another ordinary game. However, as soon as I was in the Commons, listening to the happy music and hubbub around me, I felt just a little less sad. This was my own, new world that I had just discovered.
The following weeks, I could feel myself healing. I showed my mom and brother the beautiful scenery and spells, and my mother lit up, seeing me smiling the way I was. My brother, however, immediately asked to make an account and started playing. In a short time, Wizard101 had created a bond between us. Until then, we had each gone our separate ways, but this amazing game was our first common interest. Soon, we became closer than ever, talking and laughing together about our spells and quests. For the first time in ages, I was confident in myself. I was happier, and every day was an adventure. Crying myself to sleep had become history. I woke up confidently every morning, knowing I’d do my best at school. I also knew that I could go back to that beautiful world anytime I wanted. Of course, whenever something great happened on Wizard101, I could share it with my truest friend, my brother.
Wizard101 changed my life for the better. I think I’d be in a very different place right now if I hadn’t discovered it in time. I can’t express how thankful I am for you, KingsIsle, because what you’ve made isn’t just a game; it was a miracle for me. Thank you, KingsIsle, from the bottom of my heart!