So it’s been a year to the day since I finally laid Dylan to rest. Time to send a friendly wave to my old friends inside and outside the snowglobe. It’s been great getting to know you, and I am really grateful that some of you have kept in touch through other channels.
Most of all though, I am grateful for being out of there. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned during the past 12 months:
- There is a life after account cancellation.
- RL is actually quite a cool game. Sure, it takes some practice, but it is virtually lag-free and has killer graphics. Plus, you get to touch things and people instead of just your mouse. And don’t get me started on smells and tastes!
- An Epiphone is not a Gibson, but it is infinitely better than the best prim guitar in SL (even if that has the name Gibson on its head).
- Your relationships with people get better and better when you actually spend time with them instead of sitting in front of your computer almost all day (and pining to get back there the rest of the day).
- RL work pays better than SL work.
- Trudeau makes great sailboats, but you’ll never feel any wind or spray on your face sailing Blake Sea. (Sure, you don’t get any borked sim crossings sailing the Baltic either, but hilarious as they were, I think I can live with that loss.)
- The beauty of avatars fades once you get out of SL. The longer you’re gone, the more you realise how run-off-the-mill they all were. Real people look way better than avatars.
- You can read about 60 times more books when you’re out of SL than when you’re immersed in it. And don’t get me started on how many good movies you can watch.
- There are people out there who love you.
- Clarence the angel was right: It does make a difference whether you’re actually present in your own life or not.