Second Life Second Chances
Coming to Second Life, was a combination of curiosity meets possibility. A friend brought me here to hang out and do things we could not otherwise do in real life. Real life can sometimes leave but moments for a person to enjoy themselves. Sometimes the money alone can prevent a dream from becoming reality.
Hello Readers, and welcome to a second chance at life, called Second Life. Second Life is where you can be anything, do anything, and achieve anything that may or may not be accessible in real life. The Possibilities are endless. I came to S.L. by way of a friend who I wished to do things with in real life, yet finding the time and traveling long distance were problematic as we struggled to find a new way to spend time together that did not involve just another chat. A somewhat tangible way that allowed for a visual involvement. I felt like Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" in a way. I sit down at my desk, my coffee in hand and walk into a world I have now come to call my home away from home.
As is the case in all things new, I wandered around lost for a while, not sure where to begin, Piece by piece things began to reveal themselves to me. What viewer, how to walk, run, and fly. Baby steps to a young one such as myself, being only a few months old, where it is second nature to a veteran. I have learned those who are shy in real life have found a bold new voice in this world and live to express it in so many ways. A single dance in here speaks volumes as you no longer need the skill to be able to actually dance. With a click or two suddenly you are Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, all the while your fingers find the rhythm and you are immersed in conversation and making a friend. Some dances never end as you jump through time and space wandering about exploring. I found myself thinking back to when I was a child and smiled as the memory of two tin cups and a ball of twine and how it grew up too.
Second Life is more than a second chance, it is revisiting yesteryear with the confidence that allows us to brush ourselves off and wipe away cobwebs we did not know were there. In here I can skydive and swim, where as in my real life I cannot. I have met designers and creators who have inspired me and in a world where no one is denied a dream for lack of money, time, or even creativity. The impossible becomes possible with a single thought.
My first day I was taught to fish. Grab a free pole and toss a line in the water. Fish Hunt has become one of the many things I truly enjoy in this world. I can choose one of the many varied destinations sit back and reel in one of a variety of fish. The nearby chat provides me with all the information I need to know as I progress in this hobby I pursue. When I am done, with the click of a button i can find myself in Business Park turning in my catch for cash called Lindens. I have learned to pay my rent, and find I can snag a great deal on the Market Place for something that I wish to enhance my appearance and or experience. I always say, "I am just in it for the shoes". Truth is, there is so much more than shoes. The other day I came across a hud for holding hands. A hud is one of many things you will come to learn in this world. There are so many that can help you in so many ways. This particular one allows you and another to act in unison. You just rezz the item in a place allowable and you can go anywhere together doing a variety of actions provided through scripts embedded as you would if they were standing there next to you.
Second life really is a second chance at life you can pause, rewind, and find success with persistence. Earlier I mentioned skydiving. My first attempt at skydiving was a failure. I did not understand you needed to attach the parachute and as I watched myself falling I thought I would need to begin again. When my avatar landed with a thud I was ready to create another and yet she stood back up and brushed herself off and I found myself going back up to the platform by way of teleport and jumped again, not a graceful landing as I ended up on someone's rooftop but better.
My adventures in here have just begun, and with a little time and patience, I will learn to not repeat mistakes and perhaps show up to a dance with all my limbs intact. All the while meeting and speaking with a wide variety of wonderful people from around the world all while comfortably sitting at my desk coffee in hand.
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