A friend of mine has been commenting on her lack of time in SL lately. She’s logging in, but not staying long. At one level she is concerned – she has loved SL and it has been a major part of her life and she has been a major part of SL for many. Of course she’s getting many responses to her comments, ranging from “well of course, you’ve been there a long time, your time is done” to “get back in there and find all the joy and creativity that exists”. Like many, or maybe most things, I don’t think it’s black or white – it’s a spectrum of grays. There are many reasons why someone with an active, healthy SL experience might be scaling back the time spent there. It may presage “the end”, but I think “the end” simply happens, without comment.
I have been on a slight hiatus as well. I still love SL, love my friends, have a list of places I plan to visit when I get back. But my physical manifestation is undergoing a severe energy depletion. There is only so much energy available, whether I want to do fun things or attend to obligations. When it’s gone, it’s gone. So I have cut back my time in SL in the interest of self-preservation.
So, my dear friend, try not to fret too much. There is a lot going on in YOUR life. Everything and everyone for whom you care is still here, caring for you. You will be back when you are back. To paraphrase Aragorn: A day may come when the interest in avatars fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. *grin*