Listen, I know a lot of us are weary because we’ve embraced Second Life for so long it’s almost second nature. Amazing spaces have given way to shopping events and other such things that are not focused on actually socializing. We’re a dwindling lot; people who love those “organic” experiences that are becoming less common nowadays. You know, the passion projects we love to explore. The places that are dripping in soul and creativity that you could get lost in for ages. The places that make you think. The places that inspire you.
The Virtual Black History Museum was my eventual “passion project”. I never really had one…I mainly had hobbies that I got pockets of enjoyment from. But what I wanted was that really wholesome, nourishing sense of purpose. That is where that spark started to grow into an idea, and with the right support it grew into a proper establishment.
However, there is something that surprised me greatly as I fumbled along in trying to wrap my head around what the museum would be. You see, I thought that this would just be a little place in Second Life that people hardly ever came to see. But what we got was this overwhelming, beautiful support from the Second Life community. It was exciting, humbling and inspiring. I can’t even begin to list the number of people that showed support, showed up for events, offered to volunteer, or even just stopped to thank us for having this space….I can’t thank you enough. Thank you for reminding me what a beautiful community it is that we have here.
The diversity of the support really put a lot into perspective for me. I initially started this as an awareness project, but so many great people are getting to meet each other and break down those barriers, little by little. I’ve loved getting to hear everyone’s stories and how much the project meant to them. It really warmed my heart to be able to be a part of something that produced so many wonderful experiences.
I really could go on a whole essay about the museum, but what I really want to say is thank you. Second Life has some of the most amazing people, and I am lucky to have met so many of you. Thank you for reminding me that the future can look very bright if we are unified and teamwork these obstacles. It’s so reassuring and keeps me motivated to be part of the populous that knows that we can do a lot of great things in the world- it’s just up to us to make it happen.
Support each other. Encourage. Contribute. Teach. Listen.
What will your “passion project” be?