So, maybe I shouldn't say this..but I feel like I should.
Second Life is not reality.
It's not..how do I say this? You're not wandering forests. Or swimming in oceans. It's not reality.
I had the brutal displeasure of running into someone I met a very long time ago in SL.
She was so wrapped up in Second Life..so..consumed by SL, SL love, SL drama, SL was RL to her..and all I could do was fake an AFK to get away from it.
You see, I used to hate people that left SL for RL..
But now..I don't log in..and I genuinely don't miss it.
Don't get me wrong, I miss my friends. I miss the hysterical moments with my friends in Second Life. But not Second Life itself.
I stopped building, designing..decorating.......shopping.
I realized..I don't need something to re-capture my attention. I've seen it all and done it all in SL. I use it mostly as a chat client these days. I IM with my friends and I log off. Or I log on and clear notices..and log off.
But sometimes, even I need the following reminder:
Second Life is not REAL Life. Nor is it a healthy substitute. And sometimes, you need to take time away to remember that.
Otherwise..you become the freak that someone plays afk on..to avoid talking to them. ;-)