When I talk to my old friends from my hometown, I can definitely say that SL has changed my life and taken me places I never imagined I would go. It has always been a constant home for me when my life was ever-changing, and no matter where I’ve been in the world I know I’ll always have family here.
From early on in my SL life, I was a content creator. Earlier than that even, I was a big slut hanging out in clubs all the time and pole-dancing for money. I remember back then you could actually make like 900L a day dancing in clubs from some automated system, I think the places were a lot more generous back then.
I remember rocking my freebies for a long time, but one of the first stores I’d ever really shopped at was Bare Rose, which opened not long after I’d joined actually. June Dion was probably my first case of fan-girling a creator in SL, she was always very kind and generous. Thanks to her lovely designs, I’d won countless costume contests at random clubs! Then I would spend my prize money right back in her shop.
My first time ever building, still didn’t even know you could alt-cam. I remember hanging around the sandboxes all day and building with friends, creating was so much more social back then and I think that if it hadn’t been, I would’ve never even bothered. It was always so nice to have someone looking on at your items while you’re doing it, giving advice and eventually teaching you to alt-cam even though you were a few months old.
The first time I’d ever even thought of opening a shop was around 2005 in December, there was an ice sculpture contest, they’d provided all the textures for free, and then you would prim build an item. I’d entered by making a very phallic looking magical tree. I think it was either 3rd place or a runner up, but it was on display for a while in a “museum” of all the entries, and I’d often get IMs from people who loved it, and they would ask me if they could buy it, some paying up to 1k just to have this overly primmed ice-tree on their land. I was eventually contacted by a wedding sim who offered me a free vendor space on their land, just to sell my ice sculptures, and so I was motivated to build a few more things for them and some customs.
I look back on it now and I think being an early member gave me so many opportunities, I literally only bought $L once, everything else were gifts, opportunities given to me, and money from my shops. Eventually after having a free-shop for so long I was able to pay my own rents and open my own brands which was wonderful!
My love life in SL has been a unique one that has changed my RL. Very early on in my SL life I’d met my previous partner, we were engaged for 3 years while dating over sl, then I moved across the world to be with him for 5 years until I went really crazy and came back home to America. We’re not together anymore, but it’s still another adventure I’ve had thanks to SL. I thought I’d be done with love after that, but luck just has it that I’ve found a new partner. He’s like everything that was missing in my life, but I don’t wanna go on about that and be embarrassing and girly ya know. I’ll just say he’s fucking crazy in bed and if any hookas be looking I’ll rip their weave right out.
I can’t forget to mention my friends, they’ve been like family to me, when life was rough and empty we would spend our holidays together, which I’d sometimes wonder if it was sad but now I just think it’s lucky. I think about a world without SL, and where I’d never know those people, and how many days I would’ve spent locked in my room never getting to know a single person in the world. Sometimes it’s a bit painful to think about how all these wonderful people are so far away from me… but they’re right there, when I log in, in my home every day I get to see them.
My shop esk-imo started out as a group project between many close friends, we’d all talked about living together and we were going to save our money from the shop to eventually live together IRL like a family. It was an adorable dream but I’m the only one left. At one point at least 3 of us were all in London together but things happened and whatever.
In my time in SL, when other friends of mine had reached my age they started trying to quit SL and say how sad it was that they’d spent almost a decade here. I look on my life here and think that it’s been a good decade, it’s not a waste of my time. In fact, it’s probably a better use of my time to spend all day learning about people and cultures from around the world, than to stumble down the block from a bar drinking all day with the locals who’s world I already live in, just to have another night I probably wouldn’t remember anyways. Not to completely knock my RL friends, I love them but I can only handle their lifestyles in small doses before I want to lock myself away again.
Thank you SL for a very strange and wonderful 9 years. I will end this post now with the details in my photo!
Hair : Lamb – Song Greyscale pack (Grey for being old! get it?)
Skin : Pink Fuel – Alabaster Sora
Body : Slink Hands + Feet + Physique, PF appliers + League Freebie Nails
Eyes : Ikon Ascension Black
Teeth : esk-imo Tattoo Fangs.
Shirt : Kauna Open Shirt Black
Panties : Hucci (Compatible with Physique only)
Makeup : Epoque Liner 2 (coming soon, I promise)