Fresh Eyes by Buckley36


Frontiers have always captured the curiosity of travelers and explorers. Centuries removed from Marco Polo there is now a new frontier to explore which is limited only by imagination. If Columbus were alive today, he would probably experience pure ecstasy at the sights and sounds that inhabit this frontier called Second Life®.

With a passion for creativity I began a journey into this place to experience the human condition through electronic means. What if there were no limits to what we can do? What if we can express ourselves in our truest forms?

For some, SL proves to be a great escape or break from the real structured world of our circumstances. For me, it is a mixture of keeping my mind off of a lost relationship and a desire to to focus on creativity. Plus, I majored in journalism because I always enjoy meeting new people and that everyone’s story is unique.


Also, I don’t fit in with the population where I live in real life. In SL, I meet others who share the same interests and ideas, all without buying a passport or leaving the comfort of my humble abode.

Impressed with atmosphere of the places I visit, SL proves to be a welcoming world where, for the most part, people aren’t judged. I have seen a tremendous amount of inspiring creativity. From the horror movie Sims to the giant spider avatars. From houses in the sky to spaceship avatars it appears not even the sky is the limit.

And so it is that my journey begins after registering and picking a generic avatar. I won’t get into the mundane details of appearing on an island and running around like a mad man trying to figure out what I was doing. Or unknowingly teleporting myself to God knows where. But somewhere between confusion and fascination I met people who would become my friends in the first few days in-world. They took pity on me and helped me learn a few ropes.

I learned the intricacies of “adding” but not “wearing” things, which I still don’t quite understand. I learned that everyone really isn’t grey (thank you DSL). I learned how far a linden will go. I learned that I have a lot more rhythm here than in the real world. The most important thing I learned was that just like real life, SL is what you make it. Whether it is being a zombie or a warrior from a medieval land, there are almost endless variations of what you can do or become.


Did I find everything I am looking for in SL? I have a new outlet for my love of writing and music. I meet people I will never bump into in real life who reside many time zones away such as the U.K. and the Philippines. I remain amazed by the randomness of it all—a trait of the real world as well.

When we enter SL, we leave a world beyond our control and enter into a world of our own choosing. It gives us a freedom we can’t otherwise have. In my humble opinion, SL has helped to usher in a new Renaissance of experience.

Even as I write this I am only 16 days old in SL time. It was by chance I met the publisher for Sim Street Journal and so here my words sit in cyberspace. Anything waits around the corner in this land of virtual existence? —Buckley36

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