Monday, April 9, 2007

Second (Life) Thoughts

Tonight I'm going to attend the 3rd After a Fashion shopping event in Second Life. I'm so stoked! Since I'm still figuring out the world, and bumping into things wherever I walk, it's hugely beneficial to me to have a guided tour to some of the fun (and prude-safe) areas. I don't know if I'll actually drop any Lindens, but just as in real/first life, it's just fun to hang out with chicks and see what the cool kids are into.

Since I got into SL I've noticed that it's a lot like real/first life. Sure, my SL avatar is several pounds thinner and much more fit than I am, and she's got cool pink hair in a massive up-do that I could never pull off in actuality -- I mean, being able to create an avatar that represents a visual you of your own imagining, rather than the skin you're stuck with in real life, has got to be one of the main attractions, right? Well, it is for me, anyway.

But behind that cool, good-looking avatar is, well, me. Still me, still shy, still feeling like the dorkiest dweeb at the party, always the wallflower hanging at the edges of the gathering, unsure of when/how to join in, constantly amazed that these cool, fun, smart people actually want to hang with me.

I guess some things just don't change, no matter what you look like.


my name is kate said...

You know, I feel the same way. A lot of the time in SL I am still a wallflower or I take on a role like "geek-girl". Which I why I don't quite get the whole SL as 3-D chat room. I love it for getting together with people I already know, but I don't tend to meet a lot of new people there.

I'm so glad you're joining us on these excursions! Shoe shopping is definitely the next item on the list!

Bargainista said...

I think a lot of us feel the same way and that's what's been so great about having a group of friends in real life who get together in Second Life. It also exemplifies how social media brings people together because they share a common interest.

We can keep up with each other online and always find something interesting to talk about when we meet face-to-face.