The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson
Drat, I started the day out OK, even was halfway happy with it, but then I ran into my darling friend Rico Mar ( http://csltm.wordpress.com/ ) on Facebook. He showed us his winning picture for Champagne Sparkling Fashion circa November 2009. The thing is, Rico and Seddy are the only two people in Second Life who knew my first avatar (long ago deleted and before I became an accidental model). So it got me to thinking about virtual aging and I realized this month I have officially been in Second Life six years! 2008, the year I graduated from the University of Florida, Fidel Castro “retired” (do Communist Revolutionaries actually retire?), Kosovo told Serbia “um NO!”, the stock market hit the skids, Usain Bolt made a world record by flying the 100m dash, just to name a few. I reckon I’ve probably lost a lot of real world life by inhabiting a Second virtual one.
Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t regret it all that much. I experienced a lot of real life too, especially virtual real life. Heck, I am best friends with a dragon from the Netherlands, a Peep from down under, a Spirit from right about where I am, as well as so many other dear friends from all points of this vast world. Thats a pretty big feat for a lil cow who lives in a podunk drinking village with a fishing problem. Heck, I bet my reader’s know more about me and my relationships than my 3 states North sister can even fathom. You’ve seen me too scared to date, lose a date, try to love again, try to put on spanx, shiv with a spork, put the spork in the bottom of a drawer, lose a father, and a body part or too along the way. I pretty much grew up right before your eyes and I am forever grateful for the supportive, kind parents you have all been.
Take from? Yeah, I’ve grew up, some, I guess, since I had to. But, the thing is, in the same sentence Second Life, our world, has allowed me to be young again too. And thats what is important in life, throwing snowballs. I liken it to the saying “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”[Francis Bacon]. Because this, this feeling, is what I bring from my second life into the sometimes drudgery filled moments of my first life. So when you are feeling bogged down, quit looking inward for a moment, look out, smile, and realize life is pretty good. Hey, it’s the eve before Friday, that should count as an almost weekend right? I hope yours is wonderful!