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My avatar is I suppose, a way for me to live fantasies or do things I couldn't necessarily do or feel comfortable doing in RL. I do a lot of things (such as stripping and escorting) in Second Life via my avatar that I would absolutely never do IRL. So my avatar allows me to dabble in those things and see what it is like. Basically my avatar is an extension of myself but also gives me the ability to try new things.

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Well, my avatar is a manifestation of another side of me.
SL let's me be free to explore things that otherwise would be impossible in RL.
People in RL frown upon those that like to dress sexy/*****ty (for example), or those that express different than the norm.
In SL, like the start of the video clip "Promises"  from Calvin Harris says, we are not only accepted but celebrated. And even though I don't need to be celebrated, it's nice when occasionally happens. And feels so good to be accepted.
It's my id. My desires that society wants me to repress.

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For me is the chance to use all the fancy, sexy, weird, futuristic, etc... clothes or stuff i can't RL because you know... RL, like a bionic arm .-. or floating wings, also a chance to be in and being a part of diferent places, adventures, worlds, etc... i don't think i can go to an post apocalypse place RL wearing fancy pants and a short top, i may die by radiation if that place actually did exists...
So yeah :D my avi is the part of me who can make all those dreams true. 

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Pixels. Nothing more but pixels. I guess I just relativize enough to not get too attached. After all its a game and if LL pulls the plug.. its all gone, so I don't get attached.

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My avatar is me... 😘

(below is my blathering about it all... read at your own risk) ;) 

yet, when I’m in SL I feel more like a childlike version of me,... more open, playful, full of wonder, curiosity and adventure.

I think I’m more fearless, because of the safety net that is always present in-world.... for example, if a guy comes on too strong, aggressive or abusive in an instant I’m outta there... can’t do that so easily in rl. I mean in sl we can fly, teleport to any environment like an a beach, a space station, a castle or an orgy...hehe and create real friendships and relationships. I think it allows us to open-up, uncover and live virtually, a version of our true selves. Like an alcoholic who becomes mean or the life of the party when under the influence, I believe these behaviors are people’s true deep desires and selves, released from the captivity of rl!  Likewise I find myself released in various ways in sl. I’m more caring, respectful, confident, sexy (*****ty), open and honest, because I have nothing to lose and everywhere and anywhere to lose it in. IMHO yes it’s a game and one we all bring a part of ourselves to whether or not we own up to it. 

We are all our avatars

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While i hesitate to drive down a steep mountain with my bicycle, my avatar is very curious and way more brave than me, literarilly jumping out of a plane, only equipped with an disfunctional umbrella, and while free falling, managing to find a superhero rescueing her.  Thats why i like her and all of you so much.

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10 hours ago, PekeNL said:

Pixels. Nothing more but pixels. I guess I just relativize enough to not get too attached. After all its a game and if LL pulls the plug.. its all gone, so I don't get attached.

Why did you even bother to put "NL" into your account name? If LL pulls the plug, no one will know where you have been from anymore.

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1 hour ago, Resi Pfeffer said:

Why did you even bother to put "NL" into your account name? If LL pulls the plug, no one will know where you have been from anymore.

Because Pek or Peke were taken names, and when I first joined, I was clueless about it. It doesn't matter in the long rung as you said, but it does help people realize I'm not in the SL timezone.

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My avatar represents some aspects of my personality, even has the same moral compass. When I'm online, I don't play Thorine, I am her. She's an alternate 'me' so to speak.

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My avatar does represent my digital self pretty well, personality wise and according to imagination - I am a furry and was before joined Second Life. My character evolved with me for over 20 years in total, 8 in SL - Not only that, but uses the clothing I do use everyday as well behind the screen, so also fits with appearance.

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What I would be if I could choose and had few constraints, plus a few minor changes to fit the platform. Appearance roughly what I'd pick. She gets to stay home with her daughter all day as a young married mom, and do stuff around the house. The family will get much bigger over time. We're different, but not - we like the same things, for the most part, but our lives turned out very differently. Honestly, she's more "mainstream" and what some would consider boring than I am. But I like it that way.

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The best way I can describe what my avatar is to me, is a vessel for putting abstract thought to clarification. She opens my mind and makes me think, lets me imagine, and then brings things to life. I feel like I'm more "me" in second life, than first life. I'm too distracted in first life to have deep thought, or really figgure out who I am. SL is good for that - but at this point it's more like my alter ego, because nothing really translates to cross over between the two places.

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Amanda can do things I can't like walk without pain.  She also is a lot more adventurous, doing things like pirate ship battles and general sailing.  She's who I could have been.

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