Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.
Wally “Famous” Amos
After almost two years in Second Life (SL) I’ve been thinking about why I’m still here lately. Actually, a few people inworld have been asking me why. Not to mention Significant Other, who has been very supportive of my efforts but asks why and where do I go from here. (Be warned, I talk a lot about myself in this story.)
My original reasons for traveling and blogging about SL were because I wanted to share with a larger audience my wanderings about the grid. Why was I even on the grid in the first place? Well, traveling about in Real Life (RL) is not an option for me as it once was. (Significant Other expects me home on a regular basis and quite rightly insists on a forwarding address those few times that I do get about these days.) Also, I’d read the blog of Bunky Snowbear who had tried to walk across the SL grid before giving up. I thought to myself, “Why not?”
That was then and this is now which causes me to rethink why I’m here. (Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those hand wringing spiels where I announce I’m leaving SL. I’m here to stay. I’m only revisiting my reasons.)
As I’ve blogged before, I’ve learned a lot since coming inworld and a lot’s been happening. Like making friends, folks like Perryn Peterson, Spec Belfire, and kimba are just four of many whom I’ve made. I can’t forget Janey Bracken and Hibiscus Hastings from my CNN iReports days. (Several remain nameless to protect their privacy. I seem to have gained a certain notoriety. But, they still like to hang out with me!) These are people whom I look for when I’m inworld and participate in events as part of communities. Or, just chat and check in our respective SL’s.
Communities are another reason that brings me back inworld. These are the groups of individuals who have come together inworld to socialize, create, and have a good time overall. These communities come and go. Sometimes, individuals just stop coming inworld and they’re missed. There is that human urge to know what happened and why. We can’t leave the story unfinished. Sometimes, SL friends have RL issues and we talk. We want to reach out and help as best we can. The barrier between SL and RL begins to blur.
Then there’s what’s at the end of the road. But, there never is a final destination in SL. Curiosity is one of the impulses bringing me back. (Significant Other likes to remind me that curiosity kills the cat.) SL is not complete and never will be. The only thing that SL can do is end and that unfortunately depends on the corporate whims of Linden Lab.
Finally, what happens next in SL keeps bringing me back inworld. Who will be the new people I will meet? Some who may not even be in SL yet. What new places will I discover? Again, maybe they haven’t even been built yet. What new experiences could I have? And trust me, I haven’t even scratched the surface here yet.
Like I wrote earlier, I’m staying inworld. How long do I stay I don’t know. But, in my RL, I tend to go the distance on projects that I start. I plan to do the same here. The unanswered question is when do I go into the Greater Metaverse and see what’s going on out there which was my original goal.
So, why am I still in SL? Let’s just say I’m enjoying myself with my friends and looking forward to new friends, new journeys, and new experiences. I love the uncertainty of not knowing what’s around the turn in the road.
As always, I’m grateful to all for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives.