What do you mean escapism?
I like the definition of escapism from Google so I will share that with you first before I delve into what is escapism.
“the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.”Google.com Dictionary Definition of Escapism
So escapism is seeking to have a distraction from unpleasant realities. This is probably a huge part of why you and I play second life. I’ve told you a small bit about my personal life because I like to keep that private, however, I want to share a little bit more so you know that I am speaking from experience not just out the side of my neck.
My Own Personal Battle with Escapism
I was born with disabilities. Many of the afflictions I have now as a middle-aged adult have come because of my own poor health choices, however, a huge part of them was with me from the day i first opened my eyes on this planet. Dealing with health issues, being lower-middle-class wealth wise (I feel like we’re poor), and other issues cause me to get lost in second life sometimes. It becomes a place of escape, it is my place of escapism. I do not necessarily think this is a bad thing. For some of us, Second Life is very therapeutic. But some of us cross the border where our Second Life causes us to forget about our real lives and I feel that can be dangerous.
The Key is Balance
I find that the key to having a good real life and Second Life is balance. Here are some tips that I have instituted in my very own life that I feel give me balance and I think it helps me have an awesome and amazing real life, and makes my time on Second Life that much better!
- I follow a strict calendar.
- I plan out my Second Life Business time, my time I do things with my Second Life Church (Vision Church), Things i do with my SL Family, and just time that I want to do the things I am interested in like riding motorcycles, flying, sailing, etc. I also plan out my real life by placing appointments, date nights with wife, real-life church obligations, family obligations, etc in the calendar so that I know when i have RL things to do and SL things to do and I keep those worlds separate.
- I place boundaries on my SL!
- If I don’t get my RL tasks done then I don’t engage in SL, i know that my real life comes first and I have to take care of that before I can indulge in the game.
- I am not afraid to let my SL friends and family know my boundaries.
- People that work with me here at Visual Fantasy Media get access to a calendar (that does not have my personal information or appointments) but will say that I’m offline during certain hours (when I’m doing RL stuff) so they know not to expect me on at those times.
This month we’re talking about why we SL! And I wanted to start us off by talking about escapism. Second Life is a blessing and a lot of fun, I am just hoping that I and you can make sure that we play with balance. That we take care of our main priorities in life first and then enjoy leisure activities. And this does not go for just Second Life, it can go for any activity. I hope you enjoyed this article if you did leave a shout out and comment below!
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