I am not often seen in SL however the news of this year needs to be at least recognised in my SL space as that is where it was born.
A long, long time ago I met Taz in SL. When I first joined SL, it never occurred to me that it would be a profound catalyst. At the time I was lonely and broken hearted and basically hiding.
I don't think I quite appreciated how empty my life had been until suddenly, without looking or asking for it, it was full. Full of Taz.
These days I call him Mark and Audrey hardly hears her name spoken anymore.
I pop into SL now and then and feel the loss of something so special. It is so full of memories. Possibly the happiest and hardest days were passed there in 2008. Such a long time ago. I miss the friends I made. I miss the laughter.
It is the community of people that I crave and long to belong to, but I don't have time to give what a friend must give to support that community.
However what I have now in real life is wonderful. I am a better mum and a better partner.