Initial Thoughts: Where am i supposed to go? What am i doing? How do i do anything? How do I etc, etc. Gyah all this flailing about is making me fall behind.
One hour in: Yay fishing, i know how to do this ^^. Oh so that's where i have to go. Wow that's far. Oh well i suppose because of that limit no one will outlevel me too much.
Six hours in: I've mined, fished, Puglist'd, Conjurored and ran from limsa lomina to Ul'Dah. I've realised that i can't treat this like a normal mmo, e.g. must get stronger asap or get left behind. I can feel free to just wander around everywhere and get to know the place, and still feel like i'm not just wasting time.
Yeah I did the same thing at first 3 character wipes ago, I tried to power through stuff but by day 2 I knda came to the same conclusion as you and i just started exploring I dont really feel a need to be in the top 10% of levelers in this game for some reason, which is a change for me.