I first heard of Cajsa’s challenge on plurk and I quickly thought about all the people I know and couldn’t decide who to choose. Then I logged in and I was instantly inspired by my surroundings. My home is set to a place my friends and I named, Dork Street.
A funny name attached to a loving and caring small SL neighborhood. Every single person that I call “neighbor” is someone I can call a trustworthy and dependable friend. Each individual is strong and talented in their own way. DS and it’s visitors I think is the perfect example of respecting each other despite differences in style, opinion, and humor. The foundation of our friendship is based on communication and understanding. We support each other and have a silent bond that allows us to be comfortable with one another.
There are people within Dork Street that go through their own health related struggles or have gone through something difficult but still manage to smile and make things fun for the rest of us. Others build, design, or create amazing items. Some of my neighbors are more into fashion and their blogs show up on the feeds to inspire others to explore their own sense of style. A few of them take photography to another level and make you see emotion through a single snapshot. Then there are the ones who go through it all, do it all, or don’t do any of it, and their wit alone can entertain you. These individuals are the reason I have a true understanding of what it takes to juggle real life responsibilities and yet come back to willingly give of themselves to strangers by way of their creativity.
Dork Street renewed my want to remain in Second Life when I was ready to walk away from it. This group of various people and their differences came together and created a small environment where we, and the people who hang out with us, can have fun and just get away from the stresses in daily life. In a way, I guess you can say we agreed to be selfless and we learned to compromise and tolerate to keep things peaceful. There has never been a single dramatic event at Dork Street. Some people have left and returned to a hectic and busy real life schedule, but we always wish them well and leave a door open in case they want to come back.
Being part of this neighborhood in Second Life has made me realize that every person has a story. They have to be willing to share and you have to be willing to listen. After all, you can’t be inspired if you do not open yourself up to the opportunity.