In the middle of the Halloween celebration, well, specifically Friday, October 22nd, I recognized that it had been six weeks since the night that Tak and I made our connection… or rather since the night I fell in love with him. /me smiles
Anyway, on that Friday night I really wanted to return to the place where it all started for us. Yes, we’d known each other for so long but until that night I never knew what a romantic guy Tak is. So, we returned to Calas Galadhon and the gazebo overlooking the seas and the distant mountains to re-experience the magic of that night.
A few nights later, we stole another evening and put on some formal clothes. It felt a little strange to be all decked out as a human in an evening gown and I was still suffering the effects of the dry winds, but was so wonderful to dance with my gorgeous man.
I’ve come to believe Second Life has a different meaning for each person experiencing it. The first material I read about SL was the book Second Life, The Official Guide, 2007. If you read the book today, it’s a bit dated but the Forward by Philip Linden contains some very moving words like “dream[s]” and “magical”, and a comment that is still very true today, “[This] World is a place you experience, but more importantly, it’s a place you create.” Philip seemed to focus on the building aspects of life here, but I think this World is also a place you share.
I’ve recorded my many of my thoughts and feelings (over 600 posts) as I’ve struggled to understand what my second life is about. There are things I haven’t shared and a few things I have shared I wish I hadn’t, but this exercise in journal writing has given me a perspective I don’t think would be as full if I hadn’t sorted things out here. I’ve been very lucky to have navigated my way through questionable choices and decisions. But I’m pleased to say that I am happy with the world I’ve created. And I’m certain that my second life wouldn’t have much significance to me if I didn’t have friends to share it with.