About a month ago I received an anonymous note card challenging me by saying something like: “If Linden Labs ever closed Second Life, what would you be left with?” It was written, of course, in the nastiest and most cynical way anyone would care to read. I didn’t think it had anything intelligent to say so I discarded it.
Today for some reason, I remembered this comment and I started to think about it. What will I be left with when SL closes? Beautiful memories and a great experience is the best answer I am able to come up with.
Is it worth it? Oh yes, it is!
I don’t know why people are so afraid of endings. Every cycle in the universe has a beginning, a transformation, and an ending. This is true of Second Life as well as real life. We are born, we evolve and grow, and we eventually die. So this question would be like saying: Oh poor fellow, what will he end up with when he dies?
Life itself is composed of smaller cycles of action that shape us into what we are today. We go to school, we find our first job, we discover love, we buy a house, we have failures, we discover pain, we discover pleasure, and so on.
Even failures and pain can be turned into positive experiences, in my humble opinion. Learn from them and move towards greater goals, because at the end of the day it will be you and your inner voice who will decide what was right and what was wrong. The beauty and value of your memories and experiences, and the state you find yourself in, will be the true answer.
The happiest man in the world would be the one who has the most beautiful memories and gained the most valuable knowledge from worthy experiences throughout his life.
I don’t see Second Life as a different life; it actually is part of my real life, and whether it closes or not, I would never change the value of this inexplicably wonderful ride.
– Frolic Mills
If Second Life were to end today, what would you have gotten out of it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments area below.