Remember fighting outside your city and getting to level 8, 9, or 10+ and thinking that you were really good cuz you could kill a crab that was decent challenge? And that you could take all your crystals and beehive chips back to town and make a killing!
Remember when you ran through Konschtat Highlands, La Theine Plateau, or any other low level path seeing other newbies and saying "hey, if we join up we'll get 50xp for killing a VT, Awesome!"
Remember your first job when you went to the Dunes and say a lizard that could almost one shot you?
Remember getting into that party with someone that had a level 35 whm as his other job and thinking "Wow! this guy is like the best player on the game, I want to level whm and be like he is!" Then finding out that whm (or any other job wasn't really what it was cracked up to be)
Remember that first powerleveler and thinking you might hit 50 on your level 10 war by the end of the day
Remember getting stuck trying to get all three subjob items when you got them and dropped them earlier because you did'nt know what they were
Remember getting your subjob and thinking how awesome RDM/WAR would be
Remember finding out RDM/WAR couldn't find parties because no one thought they made sense
I cant wait to get FFXIV and discovering all the goofy things that get my through my newbie days. The dumb combinations of equipment I put together, the awesomeness of someone that knows maybe a few extra levels than me, the feeling of not knowing what the next corner will bring me, and the comradarie of the people I learn to know and build online friendships with. I know how much I enjoyed FFXI. And although I learned to really dislike the Dunes, I can never forget the memories of discovering that first interaction with other people and feeling like I had someone to learn the game with. I think that's what FFXI was about, and I'm sure FFXIV will give us those memories in the future as well.....now time to see what the new Dunes are!