I'm not sure about awe. I'm stunned, yes, but I find it all a bit nauseating really. I'm not taking anything away from what many other RuneScapers would see as an achievement, and it is an achievement. Nor is it my place to judge his life or how much he plays the game. However, this is a guy who said five months ago that he hated the game, but because he was such a perfectionist, he felt he had to go on. I can't really know what that feels like, but compulsively doing something against your own free will... that must be a such a horrible place to be.
I just hope that of all the emotions he feels when he finally does get 5B, a sense of personal freedom and liberty is the one that will be most prominent.
I'm a huge Ravens fan. Last season, the Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led a last minute 80 yard game-winning touchdown drive to go to the Super Bowl, but the game-winning pass was dropped. Then, the field goal kicker missed a 32 yard field goal to go to overtime. I was so disgusted that I almost stopped watching football forever. I'd been waiting 11 years to go back to Super Bowl, but then two morons who weren't even part of the nucleus of the team screwed up all that hard work and heart of the rest of the team. But eventually in July, I realized that would be weak of me to give up on football. Well, now I'm pretty damn glad I never stopped watching football, because the Ravens just won the Super Bowl and Joe Flacco tied Joe Montana's playoff record.