The SL Slump…

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Lifeless cliches, emptily flashy style, plastic characters and armpit of blehness? Yah, I’m feeling it, and I’m not the only one according to the comments on my last post. I wonder what actually causes it in most others. I think I know why I have mine… One being the lack of what I “want” in SL, and also what I now “have” in RL with Hawks.

There was a time where I was consumed with SL, sometimes spending anywhere from 6-12+ hours a day inworld. Omg! Why? Who does that? Ignoring RL and losing myself in the virtual dream world. Even after I got a job (back when I lived in Hawaii), I would still spend as much time in between shifts, days off, etc in SL. Myg had wrote a very great post along the similar lines and like I said in my comment there, it wasn’t obvious then as to why I spent so much time online, but it is very much so now – I was unhappy, on Prozac for awhile (though I still disagree about being depressed – I believe I was just in a bad sitch), and found it much easier to pretend I really wasn’t there if I was in SL.

Now I find myself logging in to just stand around like furniture (just ask Aka). I usually plop at our virtual home and sit in IM with people I’ve tried to keep in touch with. I just can’t seem to find that SL spark I use to have there. I’m bored. Everything that was there for me is now here in my real life… Hawks, entertainment, exploration, shopping (have you been to Target.com?) haha.

Hawks & I may live in two different places but see each other often enough, though I love being in his arms in SL, RL is so much warmer. My wonderful boys & the crazy people I work with provide enough entertainment and there are like a zillion different venues in my new town. Speaking of my new town, I love exploring downtown with the awesome window displays, hidden history & fabulous eateries. I’m beyond RL content, that SL is starting to feel like a faded dream that provided me training wheels til I was ready to ride on my own on the outside.

As for everyone else, I can’t answer as to why some of you are suffering from SL blehness… I’d love to hear your theories though. It seems like this happens every year (sometimes more than once a year) around the same time. Mayhaps it has to do with RL seasons? SL overkill? Lack of finding things to entertain you inworld? Slipping interests in stuff you use to like? You tell me, I’d love to know.

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