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It was four years ago tonight that I first came out blinking into the virtual light of a Second Life day. I used a tree branch in the newbie rezzing area as my changing room and spent hours and hours trying to learn my way around and especially to find something to do and someone to do it with.

Photo taken at Sinful Temptations Boutique (it's a cake you can pop out of)
Photo taken on a cake you can pop out of at Sinful Temptations Boutique

I'm in a very different place in my life now than I was then. I'm always busy, but these days I have some very specific priorities that demand more attention than the things I was playing around with in 2006. Together with my family, there's also my First Life partner, who makes me profoundly interested in spending more time in what my friend Soph used to call the "atomic world" (which is to say, the one made up of actual matter).

I think this was on my very first day, or close to it. No wings yet, even! That's Chastity Sin hovering over the water.

It surprised me recently, when I looked at some posts from the very beginning of this blog (started less than two weeks after I joined Second Life) to realize that my theory of what Second Life was good for then was pretty much exactly what it still is today: I think Second Life mainly serves us by filling in the things we're not getting from our First Lives. Freedom to do as we please, wealth, youth, beauty, even friends are easier to come by in Second Life than they are in First. Relationships are much simpler (but perhaps no less likely to blow up! Even though none of my own ever did), escapes are much cleaner, and everything is much closer in Second Life. Even now, I'm drawn back to Second Life from time to time just because it's so much easier to find a place to have fun and talk to interesting people. True, it's much harder than it *needs* to be to do that, and sometimes you can go all evening without finding a single interesting person to talk to, but in First Life interesting people can't be teleported to, and you can't skip from one event to another and browse people's profiles just by clicking on them. I wish you could!

My first "home," a tree branch in a public area. When I changed here, *usually* I didn't get anyone popping in unexpectedly.

And yet I'm clearly on a general trend of drifting away from Second Life. Who knows if I'll even be around for my fifth rez day? Most of the people I knew from long ago when I started are gone now. It's fairly common for me to be in a room full of people and find that I'm the "oldest" one there. While Second Life is still so difficult and limited--more of a world-sized chat room you can build in than a different way of doing practical things like First Life shopping or having business meetings--maybe it's doomed to be nothing more than a chapter, or a few chapters, in each of our lives.

But I'm not gone yet, so who knows? I've thought of myself as being on the way out the door for quite a while already. Maybe I'll even be successful in getting Finch in, although why we would spend much time in Second Life when we can be together in First I don't know.

Who else is here of old timers? How are you feeling about your Second Life? And in case I missed yours ... Happy Rez Day!

^^^\ Kate /^^^


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Sep. 15th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Awww, Kate. Happy Rez day!

I'm giggling at your system hair. =)

I'll be four years November 8th. (My partner and I have been together for almost four years, too. Zoinks!)

I think there are definite stages of an SL avie's life, at least for those of us who stick with it. I definitely spend less time there these days. But there are folks that I'm very close to and are part of my life that I need to see a few times a week. And I hate to say it, but sometimes my second life is much more exciting than my first one. Hmmm....
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Just hit four last month, myself. I do know what you mean about the tendency to drift away over time, but I would hate to leave it all behind completely.

As I said in my own entry about my fourth rezday, Four is an interesting age to be in a world that is itself only seven. The time the grid existed without me is now exceeded by the time the grid has existed with me in it.

The grid changes, but, then, so does the atomic world. Hangouts wind up closing, new places spring up, some friendships drift apart and new ones get formed. We've been in long enough to be nostalgic about things. It should be interesting to see what the years to come will bring.
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'd love to get back but its been so long now. What hurt me is that for me to really enjoy the time and the relationships, I needed to be there every night or every other night, and I just couldn't do it. I do miss some of the people, you definitely being one of them.

Lynn Mimistrobell
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Lynn! Hi, Sweetie! I know what you mean...sometimes Second Life feels a bit all-or-nothing to me. I hope you're having a wonderful time in whatever life you're in at the moment!

^^^\ Kate /^^^
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Happy rez day! I had to go look to find my date which was April 24, 2006.

As for Second Life I have gone in and out of it but nothing in the online world beats it for celebrating creativity. Many times I just like to relax on a beautiful magical island, other times I will be more active and go to a role-play sim for some social interaction. Spending time away from real life is not a problem since my "personal space" time in the evenings is not spent watching TV but doing some sort of online activity or computer gaming.

Right now I am getting back into role-play as a dragon and I am finding roleplay around dragons and related fantasy creatures is not making use of the full potential of Second Life so I have a long term challenge to keep me creatively occupied.

So Second life provides a chance to be creative socially and artistically in ways that are not possible in real life and I don't see that itch to be creative going away any time soon.
Sep. 27th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Belated happy rezday!
No profound observations. :)
Sep. 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Belated happy rezday!
Thanks, Dale! :) Looks like you have a fourth birthday coming up soon, too...making any special plans?

^^^\ Kate /^^^
Sep. 30th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birth Day, Kate!
Slightly belated :)
Sep. 30th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birth Day, Kate!
Thank you. :)

^^^\ Kate /^^^
Oct. 16th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Interesting that I've been having similar thoughts just lately - and just hitting four myself. I think for me it's been a matter of finding "what I want" - and that turns out to be a not-too-large aerial, woodsy garden, and just a few lovely people to snuggle up with in it. A refuge garden of affection, with lots of flowers, a cat or two. There's less and less reason for me to venture out. I still think though that SL, or some other VR equivalent, is going to go absolutely vast and huge. It's such an immature technology - we're driving the Model T's. Nice to see you post, Kate! Tell Finch I'll take you both sailing. (Eveline)
Oct. 16th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Rezdays...
Hi honey! :) Glad to see you, even if only in text. I hope your garden is still just as enchanting as it's been every time I've visited.

Happy Rezday, for whenever the time is right!

^^^\ Kate /^^^
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