Stepping Down by Katastros

Posted by Darkwind 24 December 2013 in Uncategorized

If you were on last night you probably witnessed me stepping down as guild leader of Darkwind. It was a hard decision and something I’ve been dwelling on for quite some time. As I said last night I would be writing this today to help explain how this all came to be.

Almost 5 years ago (just a few months shy) I started Darkwind as a guild for everyone, a home for the lost, but I had no idea how well it would succeed . Over the past half-decade Darkwind has grown tremendously, and we have evolved into something more than a guild. Darkwind is a family, we are a close-knit group of people that have created life-long friendships, unforgettable experiences and even marriages. I am proud to say that none of that probably would have happened if I did not create this guild, but I can also humbly say that we would not still be here today and celebrating continued success and growth if it was not for the hard-working officers and amazing guild members we have (and have had.)
Over the past few months I have been struggling with figuring out a lot of things in my own life, and that has caused me to have to pull away slightly. Without going into too much, I have made it hard for myself to connect and participate in Darkwind and WoW the way I feel I should be. As guild leader I put a lot of pressure on myself, more than I should have, and it caused me to distance myself even more. In the end I knew that my absence, at least in my mind, was not the best for the guild. Darkwind needs and deserves a guild leader that can be around more than I have been. 
I know that Stabby can be that leader and meet the demands of Darkwind. He has been an officer for several years and has played a major part in the success of the guild. Between him and the other officers I have full faith in them to do well, as they have done in the past when I could not be around.
I cannot stress how hard it was to step down, but it was the right thing to do right now. Darkwind was and will always be my baby, my project, this thing I started 5 years ago with no clue what I was doing. I’m not leaving the guild, I’m not cancelling my account, I’m just stepping down from being the top rank. I am still going to remain an Elder of Darkwind and serve as Stabby’s #2, Deputy Guild Leader. I’m hoping to find more time soon to be present and active again because I do miss playing with my friends and guildmates. And one day eventually I may even take back leadership of Darkwind if it is the right thing to do, but only time will tell.
Thank you to all of you who have worked so hard to make Darkwind what it is, and for your understanding and patience through this transition. If anyone wants to talk about any of this, I will always make time to talk (via PM, Facebook, in-game or whatever.)
Oh, and Merry Christmas!
-Katastros
P.S. Happy Winter Veil!