Saturday, April 11, 2009 Saturday, April 11, 2009

The last few weeks have been rather hectic. I’ve been quite busy spending many hours cataloging SL blogs, coordinating the blog inspection team, researching unemployment rates, calculating revenue rates, navigating various painful dramas, preparing for several grid hunts, building gift items and rebuilding something underground. It was a seemingly endless stream of work, tasks and trouble.

And then something wonderful happened.

By chance, a friend had purchased a rather unusual object: a gigantic champagne bottle, equipped with a full glass of said fluid. When rezzed, the glass included active bubbles and was truly larger than a bathtub. I admit that in real life, I rarely get a chance to take a bath in champagne, and even more rarely in a gigantic champagne glass.

This particular glass included a dance animation. Spurred on by my alleged friends, I reluctantly sat upon the glass and began to dance.

Immediately, I noticed something horribly wrong: the dances were not exactly my style. I just don’t do sultry dips and swoops in champagne. Fancy prances with knees high around the glass. Suggestive bendy-overs across the lip of the glass. Hrmph.

But I didn’t hit the “Stand Up” button, as I’d usually do in mere microseconds when faced with such a terribly embarrassing SL moment.

Instead, I giggled. A lot.

After a long while, I felt a smile on my face, and realized something had happened. Something wonderful.

I was having fun. Fun with the unreality of Second Life, doing things that are impossible in real life. Things that are silly even in the insane universe that is Second Life. The very things that caused me to explore, learn and be amazed by our nutty virtual world so very long ago.

Somehow I’d managed to find my “reset” button and push it.

The smile stayed.

And a truth was revealed: you gotta have fun. There may be work, trouble or obligations, but none of it is worthwhile unless you’re having fun. This is true not only for Second Life, but even more so in real life. When it stops being fun, it’s time to move on.

But not this time. I’m still here, working. With a smile.

P.S. If you'd like to try out the champagne yourself and see if you can find your own reset, drop by anytime.

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