Back from the dead

Change is inevitable – like it, or loathe it, we have to learn to deal with it. For me, change is an instrinsic part of who I am and what I do: In the real world, my business is rooted in delivering organisational change and managing every aspect of it, and although many people shrink back in horror from having to deal with change, I love it and I know I’d struggle in an environment where things remained static for any length of time. I consider myself fortunate that I have a job where I really don’t know what each day will throw at me, no matter how well planned, but I also realise that’s anathema to many.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons I enjoy SL – things inworld are always shifting and changing, and can often be unpredictable. Which isn’t to say that, at times, those qualities can be somewhat annoying, as anyone who’s ever clicked on a landmark to their favourite store, only to find it’s suddenly become a field full of breedable horses, will attest to!

SL is notorious for much-loved things disappearing overnight, never to return again: My inventory is stuffed full of landmarks to locations where I’d once spend hours exploring, enjoying and hanging-out… Places that are now just fondly-remembered memories. Half of the people on my friends’ list have disappeared from SL, and sadly in some cases, from real life also; and my hard drive is choc-a-bloc with images captured of places, people, events and occurences that will never be experienced again. It’s just how it is in the virtual world – people move on, places disappear and the familiar becomes utterly unrecognisable. Those of us experienced with SL learn to accept it.

Some inworld changes however can be quite challenging, particularly those that subtly change the character of a place and leave one feeling disorientated and unsure about what the future may look like. When, for example, a Region that once buzzed with activity and served as a hub for a like-minded community is abandoned by its regulars, attracted elsewhere by the bright lights and allure of alternative locations – which can happen for any number of reasons – it can feel a very lonely and empty place for those who are left behind.

In such scenarios, one is naturally drawn to wondering how long it will be until that void is filled, and ask all those ‘what if…’ questions that rarely help, and for which any answer can only ever be supposition: “What if no-one ever visits again?”, “What if those who are left behind give up the cause?”, “What if this feeling of unease won’t ever go away?”… Well, what if things turned out OK anyway? I’d have to counter! It’s not that I’m an optimist – I’m actually a pragmatist in most circumstances – but I like to keep all options open, even if things seem a bit rubbish at the time.

And today – quite out of the blue – that particular philosophy was unexpectedly justified. A group notice popped up in the corner of my screen that caused my heart to flutter. You see, that particular group has been inactive for 9 years, ever since the sim it was connected to closed down when the owner left SL back in 2012. It was a place I used to spend hours at: A remarkable, intriguing and fascinatingly eclectic outpouring of imagination and creativity. When it closed, I was devastated, but these things happen, and you can’t cling on to the past in SL. Of course, I never left the group; I kept it for the memories and as a reminder of the great times I spent exploring there, which turned out – ultimately – to be a fortuitous move.

Omega Point – Then

And now, Sweetlemon Jewell has returned to SL, and they’ve brought back Omega Point with them! I couldn’t be happier, and although it’s changed and is very different from the place I used to spend my time at 9 years ago, it looks every bit as good as it was, and holds the promise of more exciting and happy times exploring and taking photos to come. It seems that even lost causes and vain hopes aren’t necessarily wasted when it comes to SL, and the unlikely and seemingly impossible may well not be quite the pipe dreams they may initially seem to be.

Everything in life has its own natural rhythm: A rising and falling, with peaks and troughs, good times and bad – it’s like breathing… Breathing out is as necessary as breathing in and you can’t have it any one way. So, even when change inworld seems to be for the worse, and the future is uncertain, I’m convinced it’s never permanent and some time, hopefully sooner, rather than later, we’ll be on the up again.

Although, I’d rather not have to wait 9 years for it to happen!

Omega Point – Now

s. x

Guess who’s b-back, back
Gue-gue-guess who’s back (hi, Mom!)

Eminem – I’m Back

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