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109. How to… smile through it.

When I’m in a weird mood, I end up redoing my avatar from top to toe… usually because it makes me feel like I have control of something when real life is reeling its ugly head and kicking me in the face with a pair of the pointiest designer heels on the market. Admittedly, I feel like that a lot lately, and I’m not really sure what to make of it… and so, Nova got a makeover. New head, new shape, new body, new skin, new clothes (mainly because new!body is Signature’s Alice and it’s somewhat difficult to find clothing for even though it’s fabulous) – and you know what? I feel a little better.

I do. Because I have control over that one thing. I might not be able to do anything about what is going on in the world right now. I might not be able to drive, get out of the house. I’m not even able to enjoy any privacy right now… but with the click of a button, I can control that one thing, and it makes me feel better to have the illusion that there is something-however small-in my universe that actually still makes even a little bit of sense… even if I was cursing while I figured out BOM and had to deal with having two sets of eyeballs until I realized what I was doing wrong.

But that’s what SL is for. It’s Second Life. It’s that thing we log on to when we need to ignore the real world a little bit, or when we want to talk to the friends that we wouldn’t have made if it didn’t exist, or if we’ve had a bad day and we simply need to take a few deep breaths and do something silly or fun or mindless for a little bit.

I’m just to the point where I’m so tired sometimes, guys. I feel sometimes like I’m just going through the motions every day to get to the next day where I repeat the same process and somehow get absolutely nowhere. I know we’ve all been there, and I guess the one thing I can say about that is that I am glad I have such wonderful people in my life who make me smile every single day and remind me that life won’t always suck.

We all need people like that in our lives. To lean on, to laugh with. We all need that. Some of the people I am closest with right now, some of the ones that know me best I met in Second Life. So, if you find yourself feeling like crap, go and do something. Even if you can’t do something in RL, pop into SL for a little bit. Check out a new creator, or a new sim. Make some new friends. Remind yourself to smile, not because you have to but because you deserve to. These things are priceless. Priceless.

Credits:

[Shape]mine
[Head][LeLUTKA]Nova
[Body][Signature]Alice v. 2.1
[Skin][[ session ]]Astrid (tone 2)
[Lips][Izzie’s]Lipgloss (LeLutka Evo. HD)
[Hair][Stealthic]Cascade (blondes)
[Dress][LYBRA]Mila (Romantic)

[Pose][Foxcity]Melancholy 2

[Tune][Sia – Chandelier]

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