Its been a hard week here. Its also been one of those weeks which proves that Second Life is not “just a game” and that it truly impacts many of us in our real lives. The people and the relationships we build here can impact our moods in real life just the same as any real life experience.
For many of us, we experienced that horrifying pain of loss earlier this week…and will be working through those emotions for quite some time. Its one of those times that reminds us of the important of family, friends and the deep and meaningful relationships many of us develop in Second Life.
There can also be incredibly positive moments that we all need to grab on to so we can carry those feelings into our daily lives.
Yesterday was a prime example of that.
As I mentioned, it was a long, hard and emotionally exhausting week on my end. It didn’t help that once again, I was at the office late. My patience was about fried and all I wanted to do was get home to the comfort of my sofa, sweatshirt blanket, oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants. I was just done. And suddenly, I received a message from someone on Facebook who, while on my friends list, I had never spoken to before.
I was literally just turning off the lights in my office when the message came through. I stopped to read the message before closing my office door. And then…then I had to go back into my office and just sit for moment as tears began to form in my eyes.
This person, a woman I had never spoken with me before, took the time to send me such an incredibly sweet message that I was brought to tears.
I won’t go into details as to what was in the message. I will just say this, she shared some of her life with me and how SL and others within SL have positively impacted her real life. She also took the time to offer me love and support on my own journey. And all of this…from someone I have never spoken with before. It took me some time to compose a response once the tears finally stopped. What she shared was so special and touching that…I just can’t put it into words.
So if anyone tells you Second Life is “just a game,” have them come talk to me.
This week I have seen relationships in Second Life cause so much pain and bring so much comfort. I have witnessed first hand how much the people we connect with in SL can impact our lives. I have seen the effects of true love, random acts of kindness and, sadly, the impacts of hateful bullying and painful loss.
As we all look out on the horizons and think about our futures, I hope we are all thinking about how we can be a positive force in others’ lives, both in RL and SL.
I know I am. ♥
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