It will seem ridiculous to readers of this blog that I have concluded after five years in Second Life that I finally see myself as an adventurer. Of course I am because an adventurer goes on adventures and this blog is full of stories about me out there on the edge, no? Well, yes, it is. In fact, haven’t I been gradually been shifting the direction of this blog from Yordie Sands, “Second Life Socialite” to more of that of an explorer and adventurer? So, how could I have only concluded that I’m an adventurer a few days ago?
|I get around to a lot of fundraisers,
so I think I could think of myself as,
Second Life Socialite.
I was reworking my Empire Avenue profile “a few days ago” and I was trying to simplify who I am. I finally ended up with this: “I’m a Second Life adventurer, blogger, photographer, socialite and occasional romantic (*blushes*).” And you are saying, yes, that’s it. But if you notice my blog I’ve also said from day one: “I’m an avatar from Second Life where I star as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life.” And yes, that’s true and you probably say, so what?
|I’ve been doing a lot of exploring,
so aren’t I an an explorer?
Well, my revelation is about how I see myself. In all of my past I explored and went on adventures but I also thought of SL as a place for romance, which it is, of course. And I tended to see myself through the lens of a girl who wants to be involved in romance. My romances (often to my great embarrassment) have been a lot of what this blog has been about. But when I discovered the joy of the Blake Sea, that’s when a shift in my point of view began.
|I’ve been hanging with Antares a lot lately,
shooting down stuff in his Apache,
so does that make me a warrior?
In my mind, an adventurer is something special. When I think of adventurers, I think of all the women adventure heroes, like Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider! I know a lot of people like to make fun of Angelina because they find her disingenuous, but I like her and respect what she tries to do. In fact, I love the Lara Croft’s whole thing! When I think of real adventuring, I’d like to be like Lara except not so much of when she gets knocked senseless, she’s the one who made adventuring fun for me.
|Where is Lara Croft when you need her?|
So, even though I’ve been moving in this direction for almost a year now, I now see a new direction. I have no idea where it will take me. I mean, how could I have imagined that a guy in a helicopter would track me down then join me in a wild ride through Sailors Cove. Adventuring is about going places and just let things happen. Sure, you can go places where you know things will happen, like up in that war zone on the Blake Sea, but you can go on adventures with nothing more in mind than finding some place new. Anyway, I think I’ve turned this blog in that direction but I didn’t realize until a couple days ago that I was no longer who I thought I was in the past. I am an adventurer, an Adventurer! I might even get some business cards: