Depending on what source you use to find the description of the meaning of the expression "Grin and Bear It" it can be different, but still the same in concept. From "to endure something unpleasant in good humor." to "to accept something bad without complaining" but my favorite way of explaining it, and the one I believe to be most accurate is "to accept an unpleasant or difficult situation because there is nothing you can do to improve it.".
Many people that are switching mains, leveling up alts, just getting to the point of working on it, or playing catch up because it has never mattered to them until now are working on the legendary quest line now and playing catch up, quite frankly, sucks.
Someone said, in general on the timeless island yesterday, when they were assembling for ordos groups that anyone that does not have the legendary on at least 3 characters by now isn't trying. Okay, perhaps he is right. I only have one because I have only tried to get it on one, until recently when I started to play catch up. I've been trying the last three weeks. So there is some truth in his words.
Four weeks ago I decided to start working on a couple of my characters that were at various stages of the legendary quest line. Here is my progress. The only one that has done the forth week (this week) is my priest.
In three weeks my warlock went from needing 8 wisdom and 7 power to needing 2 wisdom and 1 power. That is three weeks of doing every boss that can drop them. That is a dreadful drop rate. I did manage to get the four piece tier set on it, even if I could not get sigils to drop for the life of me. Such is luck right? I most likely will not run my lock this week as I have begun to lose interest in getting it for him. But I might. If I want to push on with him, I must grin and bear it because while it might be an unpleasant situation with the bad drop rates there is nothing I can do to improve it.
In three weeks my mage has went from collecting valor for the valor part of the quest to collecting valor for the valor part of the quest. He is not done with that part because I have not pushed as hard as I could have honestly pushed as I am not capping valor or even close to capping on him. So it will not take me 3 weeks to get 3000 valor, it will take me a lot longer. Of course there is no one to blame there but myself as I am not making the effort for it really. At least it is no longer 7000 valor needed right?
In the three weeks, and now 4th, my priest has went from needing 6 secrets to needing 2. In the three weeks I did every single boss there is to do that can drop them, that means 20 bosses a week. So 60 bosses already. I've done 9 so far this week, so that puts me at 69 bosses that can drop it and only 4 secrets. And people wonder why people give up on getting it? The only reason I still press on with my priest is that it is a healer and I get somewhat instant queue most of the time. Also, being I vastly over gear ToT now it is kind of fun pulling 90K DPS while doing 120K HPS and getting right in. It makes for easier runs. I will continue the push with my priest even if I am dreading the bad drop rates because there is little to no wait time involved in getting into the runs. This is a HUGE key to why I think the priest (both my 90 priests) are the ones I will get the cloak on next. No wait time, that is what is killing me from getting the stuff I need, not only the drop rates, but the massive time investment needed to not get those drops each week.
In the three weeks my rogue has went from needing 8 secrets to needing 8 runestones. This is the opposite of the other stories, as my rogue has some amazing luck with drops. It took me maybe a total of 30 boss kills to get my 20 secrets and I've basically done nothing with him so far in terms of runestones, one flex run and one LFR run for a total of 7 bosses and I got 4 runestones. Most people I talk to seem to say this is their experience with it. Everything almost a 50% drop rate or better. This is the only character that seems to be at that point.
Four weeks ago someone queued with me on my priest, so I could get them into an LFR faster, that had just gotten to the secrets phase while my priest was already sitting at 14. They picked up their legendary yesterday, I am still collecting secrets. /cry
Sometimes it is really hard to just "grin and bear it". I am having some problems with that.
My tanks, all of them with the exception of my monk are still sitting on the sigil phase as I refuse with every essence of my being to tank the LFR. I wish there were a way to play catch up with them faster than the occasional flex run. If I ever want to get the legendary on one of my tanks I will either need to learn to DPS with them or I will need to grin and bear it and tank an LFR. As I refuse to grin and bear it because tanking the LFR is not my idea of fun in any way, shape or form, they will not be moving forward any time soon. So I made a conscious decision to not do it. I can not complain about that. It is my decision.
My "extra" 90s, priest, hunter DK, etc, get played so rarely, so they are way behind as well. However, my hunter and my priest are actually head of some of my main alts, if you will. That has more to do with the fact I enjoy playing those characters. Well, the hunter at more so of course. The priest gets played because of what I mentioned earlier. It is the easiest to get through the system as it gets instant queue and it kind of fun to play even in the random setting at lower gear levels.
I am at the point now where I feel like giving up again on getting my cloak on a second character. I am having issues with grinning and bearing it. I have characters are various stages, sigils, valor, secrets or runestones, but none of them really seem to be moving anywhere fast in terms of collecting the needed requirements to moving along with the quest. None of them, except for the rogue that is.
How long have I been saying that the rogue is the class I least enjoy playing? I can go back as far as my blog goes and point out the various number of times I have said those exact words. I can also point out that in cataclysm my rogue was my second character to 85. Can you even believe that? It was my second best geared character throughout most of cataclysm as well even if I never did get the daggers on it. This expansion, with as little as I play it, it seems to be having fantastic luck with quest drops, if not gear drops. It is still only sitting at 520 and still has horrible weapons. To show how horrible 520 is, my DK, which is my bank alt, yes bank alt, and only did the original LFRs and has done basically nothing since then is sitting at 517. Without even attempting to get any gear what so ever my DK is more geared than a character that actually has raided and has received quest drops and is three phases ahead of it in the quest line.
So I have to repeat the legendary mantra to myself over and over "just grin and bear it".
The thing for me is I am the type of person that I feel that it is my responsibility to do the best I can do at least in the solo sense when it comes to gearing up. That means I "should" have my legendary on at least 7 characters by now or, by my own standards, I've failed myself because I have not been able to just "grin and bear it". I've let things get to me. I keep giving up. I failed.
I let my mages failures in the PvP part get to me and allowed it to sit on the bench effectively taking 6 weeks to win 2 battlegrounds. I gave up on my DK after 8 weeks of no loot and no sigils and it never returned to LFR since. I refuse to tank the LFR on my druid, even if that is the tank I am best at by far and it would really benefit from having the cape. I've let my lock sit on the sidelines multiple times because I got frustrated with drop rates. I abandoned my shaman, even with her instant LFR queue because I did not feel comfortable playing with it even if I was doing well with it so she is still sitting at collecting sigils even if she is completely ToT geared from running that a million and one times. I never had that "grin and bear it" mentality to go back and get the things I actually needed from the previous tier.
I am having a big problem with the "grin and bear it" legendary process on alts and it is not like me. I completely understand the "unpleasant situation I can do nothing to improve" of it but I find myself giving up a lot faster than I normally would.
When all is said and done I will have the legendary on multiple characters because it will just happen, now that SoO drops everything from the first 8. So they will all catch up, in time, even with their horrible luck, even if I do not try and do not go back to the appropriate content for the drops.
But my question is, How do you just "grin and bear it" and deal with pushing toward getting it?
I just can't seem to do it. Long waits in queue, bad groups here and there, bad people seemingly everyone, horrible drop rates, and the feeling like you are climbing uphill without any mountain climbing gear. I know I should keep pushing on my alts because I feel my alts will never be fully ready for SoO even if they have a 550 item level because they are missing that one "easy" piece that everyone can get as long as they just "grin and bear it".
Like that one guy said, everyone should have it on multiple characters by now if they try and he is right. I should. I should have it on at least 7 or 8 by now, but I don't and I kind of feel like I flunked out of "grin and bear it" class because I don't.
If you are just getting to it now, or getting it on an alt, remember the legendary motto, Grin and Bear it. Maybe you will succeed where I failed because I couldn't just grin and bear it.
Good luck. It can't be any worse than mine.
Note: Someone mentioned that the reason I might not be getting the "guaranteed" drop off sha in LFR is because personal loot sometimes does not automatically put it in your bag. So check to see if there is loot after the fight and don't just drop group and be grumpy about getting nothing like me.