NestingI had been feeling very disillusioned with SL the past year or so. It was like the Utopia that we had been trying to build had finally lost its wonder. It feels just like another RL now. And my soul is rebelling.
When I reread some chat logs that weren't lost to nothingness when my hard drive crashed, I started to feel emotions again. I started to sense that wonder again. Not as much as it used to be, but at least the fog is starting to clear.
I'm getting tired of empty platforms in the sky that were built for work.
I'm getting tired of the same venues that I visit for dances.
I'm getting tired of doing the same things over and over again.
I missed creating. I missed building my own space. Not one for my store, but one for me.
The last time I remember building a space for myself was during my first week in SL when I bought my first parcel. After that, I built spaces to share with partners. And the only spaces I built for myself were empty bland white platforms for working in.
So I started leasing a parcel. Just for me.
Paradise LostI looked at several configurations of parcels. I saw sims divided into squares, sims cut up like a pizza pie, sims with round islands. I ended up with a rectangle. Unfortunately, it reminded me of the last parcel I decorated for my pairs with Wolfgang. A month before we broke up.
I made that parcel with a beach, waterfalls, trees. I created it very quickly. I was very inspired.
And I missed that old parcel, even though we had it for only a month.
Maybe that's why I was attracted to this new parcel. Because it's just like the old one.
When the past knocksI remembered Wolfgang's birthday. Before that, I remembered his alt's rez day, the anniversary of the day I met him. Both times, I remained silent.
He hated being reminded of his birthday, and he's always in a bad mood. But the previous year, he felt bad when his friends didn't remember. I wasn't going to be one of those who'd greet him this year, I thought.
Besides, I felt raw and vulnerable with everything else going on. Why open that door again?
But, a couple of days later, I woke up and found offline messages in my emails. "Hello Opal," he IM'd. "I hope you are fine."
Well, after reading that, not anymore!!!
I was crying as I prepared for work. All the pain came back. All the self-pity. All the anger.
My whole day was a blur. His words intruded my thoughts. What did he want?
I responded when I got home. I thought he would be in bed already, but he logged in and responded.
It was a strange conversation that went around in circles. Like our old conversations. I kept asking, "What do you want?" but he kept beating around that.
Finally, he explained that he was feeling grumpy (as usual) on his birthday, and he thought of searching for news about me. He wondered if I left SL. So he perved the profiles of my alts that he knows about, including the sleeping ones that were exclusive to him. Then when he read Alt#27's profile, he felt sad.
It took me a long time to convince him to create an alt for her to get privacy away from his other lovers. But he still refused to partner them. When we put them to sleep, he still refused to partner them. But now he wants to "repair that unfairness" and partner them.
I ran away from very harsh words that broke my heart more than anyone ever had in SL. Why would I want another connection with him?
Why raise up the ghosts that would bring nothing but pain?
If he wanted to repair any unfairness, why only that? He had been unfair to me by several magnitudes more, and it would take a lifetime for him to resolve that imbalance. He is offering me nothing but a morsel, and it is a bitter morsel.
Still, I was touched that he held on to something before that painful fight. I told him I needed at least a year to recover, then I could be a friend to him again. And he noted the date. Meanwhile, after that last argument, I wrote him off, entirely out of my life.
So I befriended him again. And I hugged him while we talked about his partnership proposal and almost argued again about old issues.
But he couldn't give me a good reason for the delayed partnership. It would mean nothing to me now. And logging Alt#27 back in could open the emotional floodgates even more. It's even more dangerous now that I'm feeling raw and vulnerable.
He kept trying to convince me until I finally asked him, "How important is this to you?"
Then he said, it's a tricky question. Because, if he said it was very important to him, I'd do it just for him and that creates a greater imbalance.
*sigh* I have a feeling this topic would come up again.