You may be under the impression, as you peruse the content of these posts, that my virtual life is one long round of madness, hilarity and a whole host of activities undertaken at breakneck speed, with scarcely a pause for breath.
Certainly, there’s a fair bit of that happening on a pretty regular basis but, to be absolutely honest, i also seem to spend an inordinate amount of time doing, well, practically nothing at all.
Yes indeed, you’ll often find me simply sitting, often in a quiet location, far from the madding crowd, seemingly unoccupied and showing a distinct lack of mobility. These moments can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons – i may find myself entranced by the view, or lulled by the audio stream, whilst at other times, i’ll seek out a place to be quiet and still.
Why, you may ask, in a world so full of adventure, unexplored vistas and endless activity do i choose to simply sit and do nothing – surely this is a complete waste of time? If i wanted to relax or take things easy, why not run a bath in rl, curl up with a good book or indulge myself in a good movie… but, to log in to sl – an action that should surely predicate some sort of activity – seems rather obtuse.
Let’s not forget that sl is, for me, a form of escape – yes, there are times when life presses in, when anybody’s normal reaction is to to seek some form of release. A change of scenery; a break from routine; or a simple spot of pampering – looking after number one – all of these can be achieved perfectly adequately in many ways in the real world, but that, for me, is exactly the point… sometimes i need to sever that link with reality.
To some, sitting, doing nothing – watching oneself relax on the screen on front of you – can seem pure folly; but when i am there, i am not here. i forget that i’m sat in front of a screen, i forget the reality of the world around me and i drink in the world, the sights, the sounds and the magic of the virtual place with which i have surrounded myself. There are few things more relaxing, than relaxing without any awareness that you are.
And i know, i’m not the only one.
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy