The longer I stay away from Second Life the better I understand what I want out of SL. The SL10B birthday party didn’t exactly reignite my old passions, but it did help me refocus and even find some new interests. So, thank you to all those who put so much effort into the SL10B celebration!
A State of Change
SL10B reminded me that Second Life is in a constant state of change. That’s both delightful and dreadful. Technologies change, many items become obsolete. Regions are created then deleted. People come and go, or in the case of people like me, we can’t decide whether we’re coming or going. *heh*
People come to SL for a lot of different reasons. Some people seem content to do pretty much the same thing every time they come to SL. But Second Life lets you become anything you want to be. You can create your own world and move on when you are ready for something new. This seems to be where I am, again, ready to look down some new pathways.
The Japanese Garden
Generally, I believe it’s not worth the effort to try and recreate a situation from the past. Arguably, some things can only be experienced once. Nonetheless, my passion for Japanese style and particularly landscaping is something that continues to fulfill my sense of beauty and serenity. So I’m going against my own argument, creating a new Japanese themed area.
In addition to my inworld project, I’m going to rewrite the essay, “The Japanese Garden”, I prepared as part of my training to become maiko at Yoshiwara Okiya. In 2008, after doing my presentation at the Yoshiwara Pavilion, I gave out copies of the paper inworld. Anyway, I’ll add an updated essay to the “My Gardens” tab soon. Also, I’ll continue reconstructing the other elements of that page. That tab had been very popular on my old Blogger blog.
The planned additions to this blog don’t really have anything to do with my second life, but I believe the new Harvest Moon Café will let me try out some creative ideas and then begin reconnecting with other people inworld.
Stepping Forward, Slowly
My second life has changed drastically if you consider the avi I am today versus the avi I was only a year ago. For many years I had visited SL almost every day. I was engaged in all kinds of activities and even referred to myself as a Second Life Socialite! *heh*
But I needed to back off and focus on other things. It was hard to walk away after being so active, but I had to. And I had to redraw the line that separates my second life from my real life.
So I’m moving forward again, but slowly.