Talk Like a Pirate Day (or Holidays In A Virtual World)

I saw the box in the picture below while at Walmart today.   It made me chuckle because today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Seeing this pirate themed box on a pallet at Walmart on Talk Like A Pirate Day made me chuckle.
Seeing this pirate themed box on a pallet at Walmart on Talk Like A Pirate Day made me chuckle.

This is also another day for me to be very glad for Second Life, as it is the place where I celebrate most holidays (when I do) whether they be ones that someone has made up for fun like today or well established national or international days.  

I have been unable to drive since 2002 for neurological reasons, so I live a fairly quiet life.    Either Jamey or the local transport van takes me to my medical appointments and Jamey takes me out shopping as needed.   Other than that, I don’t go further than I can safely walk.   

Thus Second Life fills a very important role for me and for many like me who have real life disabilities.    It is not only the place where Jamey and I met in 2007, it is a place where real life concerns — such as the need for a wheelchair accessible apartment — become moot.   (Other than, of course, a wheelchair accessible computer area for Jamey to access Second Life and we have a large computer / electronics work station set up that he can easily wheel into and manuever around in.)

There is always a wide aisle open in Jamey's wheelchair accessible workstation so that he can easily access all parts of it.
There is always a wide aisle open in Jamey’s wheelchair accessible workstation so that he can easily access all parts of it.

It is where we can make friends from all around the world, who we can do anything we mutually agree on with from attending themed events (such as Talk Like a Pirate Day) to Jamey’s favorite thing to do – hang out with like minded folks around the world in discussion groups on various science in general and outer space in particular topics.

Unless I have an injury that makes it difficult for me to use the computer, I also like to decorate for the winter holidays on Second Life each year.   I can do far more with decorating in world than I can in real life as in Second Life I don’t have to be concerned about

  1. injuring myself as I decorate
  2. the cats harming themselves by eating the decorations.  (Yes, we do have pets in Second Life too.)

So today, Talk Like a Pirate Day, I am yet again grateful for the many types of freedom, the wide range of outlets that Second Life provides, especially for those of  us who have limitations on what we can do in real life.  In Second Life, we are almost limitless.

 

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Second Life

Second Life is a virtual world.   I joined in 2005 and can say for a fact that the way it is often portrayed in the media (as primarily a place for unsavory behaviors) is most definitely not what it is all about.    Sure those things happen on Second Life.  After all, it is a virtual world where one can do almost anything one wants and create almost anything you desire.  It is so, so much more though.

It is a place where those (such as myself) who are disabled in real life can do many things that we cannot do in real life such as go skiing, drive a car, fly a plane etc.    

Your Second Life avatar can be anything you want, a human, a robot, a car, a dinosaur - your imagination is your only limit.
Your Second Life avatar can be anything you want, a human, a robot, a car, a dinosaur – your imagination is your only limit.

 

Even those who are not disabled in real life can experience things in Second Life not available to them in real life – you can fly (without a plane), take a trip to the moon, climb mountains, go scuba diving, horseback riding along country trails, spend time in almost any type of boat or ship navigating waterways with a wide variety of themes and landscapes, meditate in a beautiful zen garden, etc.   Or just relax at home and enjoy a beautiful sunrise.

A beautiful sunrise at our beach in Second Life
A beautiful sunrise at our beach in Second Life

 

Second Life is where I met Jamey

Most importantly of all, you can meet people from all around the world you most likely never would have met otherwise.   Not only have long lasting friendships been made in Second Life, but so have many real life relationships including marriages.    I met two of the most important people in my life there, one in 2005 and one in 2007.   I now share my real life (and this blog) with the one I met in 2007, i.e., Jamey.

April 2014 visiting a gypsy campsite in Second Life
April 2014 visiting a gypsy campsite in Second Life

 

Jamey loves his science meetings

We both have many long time friends and activities in Second Life.   Jamey is very much into science and math and attends regular weekly science based meetings where he can gather with others to discuss some of the latest happenings in science.   He is particularly interested in outer space and one of his weekly meetings is devoted specifically to that topic.

 

What else can you do in Second Life?

There are also religious groups for practically every religion in Second Life.   You can gather and meet with others who practice the same religion that you do from around the world or it can be a way for you to learn more about a religion you have been curious about.    You can visit art museums and libraries (yes, there are actual books you can read in Second Life).   And, of course,  you can go shopping for things for your avatar and home, which can be anything from a mansion or castle to a small log cabin or shack.   As with everything else in Second Life, it is all up to you.

 

If you are in a long distance relationship

If you are in a long distance relationship, you can get together on Second Life while you are apart in real life and go dancing in a club with almost any theme (and type of music) that appeals to you or you can cuddle by the fireplace at home while chatting in text or voice.

 

From Second Life to Real Life

Jamey and I are both grateful to the developers of Second Life for all that we have experienced there over the years, not the least of which is the many long term friendships (some of which have spilled over into real life) we have made there, and, of course, our own relationship.