"A Place You Experience… "

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.

Here we are hanging out, talking about and experiencing this Calas Galadhon.

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.

Bogart’s has changed over the years but is still one of my favorite nightclubs on the Grid. And dancing with Tak is one of my favorite experiences in SL.

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.

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About Yordie

I'm an avatar in Second Life where I star as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life. In the real world, I'm writing my debut sci-fi novel.
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