Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Recently, I got hit with a huge reality check, the kind that makes you stop in your tracks and think, "What the HELL am I doing?" You see, I started off in this virtual arena making sure for the past year and a half that I kept my SL and RL very separate. At the beginning, I would easily tell people that it was none of their business and move on, I simply didn't mix the two. Easy, right? Sure, it is, if you live under a rock and don't form any sort of friendships.
I've noticed that my guard has gone down considerably over that last few months and I'm not sure what I can attribute this to. Maybe it's just the overall feeling of comfort that I get when I'm with my friends and we are joking around and once in a while things about RL start to slip out. These are by no means earth shattering revelations, but, little things that, in the past, I would never share.
Plurk...then there's this thing called Plurk...for those of you who don't have a clue as to what I am referring to...look it up. Go through my site, and you will be there...in plurkville, it's a way to stay connected at all times. The pitfall for me, is that if I'm having any sort of emotional rumbling, I just jot it down on plurk, send it out into virual space, and feel better, don't think about it anymore and so be it. The problem? People are paying attention. I've now set my account to private, which means that I control who sees my plurks, but with 330+ "friends" who I have on my account...well, here's my point:
Do you ever sit back and really think about "who" you are sharing information with? Do it, just for a second think about this in a realistic way...who is that other person sitting across from their screen. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. Yes, we can share and share, but the bottom line is YOU really don't know. Sometimes we hardly know the person we are living with, why are we so trusting of those in our virtual lives?
I've realized that I've been naive about so many things. And, don't get me wrong, I do love my friends and I truly mean that. We laugh, we joke, we don't take things too seriously (unless we are ragging, then watch out and let us be all emo,)...but we enjoy each other's company.
Just be warned, you never know who is watching, you never know who is paying attention, and even sharing the LITTLEST piece of you could open you up to sharing more than you wanted.
Skin - New release from  - Galaxies [Aquarius]
Hair - *TSM* Double duster - Black/Violetta Glow