#SecondLifeChallenge – My Zodiac Sign
Time for this week’s #SecondLifeChallenge! I love that Strawberry Singh has brought this back, mostly because it kind of jump starts my sleepy, back-to-work brain when I’m trying to think about exactly what to write on my still-getting-started blog.
This week we’re getting started talking about signs of the Zodiac, and while I’m not a believer, it’s still entertaining (and a bit odd) how it manages to hit the target. Here we go!
What is your Zodiac sign?: I was born in late July, making me a Leo. I’m not sure if this also explains why I prefer cats to dogs, but I like to think so.
Do you believe in Astrology and read your horoscope often?: Not at all. I do think it can be kind of entertaining to read once in a blue moon, and, I’ll confess, it’s been fodder for some humorous banter between my friends and me. I know I shouldn’t poke fun; these are important beliefs to many people…I just can’t get behind them.
What are some of the traits of your zodiac sign and do you feel they reflect who you are?: Following Strawberry’s lead, I’m going to post up some info from astrology-zodiac-signs.com website for Leo and then we’ll analyze it a bit:
Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous: This is a bit creepy. I like to think I’m fairly creative when I put digital pen to paper and I take a lot of pride in emoting and speaking in a way that engages the reader. I don’t know that I have too many pursuits about which I’m passionate; I’m prone to discover something, burn bright over it for a while, and then slowly burn out. There are just a few things that I about which I’m really spirited. I’ll put warm-hearted and generous together – I strongly believe in being kind to people, sharing what I have, taking care to respect the beliefs of others, and ‘paying it forward’. Any example I might give will probably read like ego-stroking, but thinking about those examples makes me happy. And humorous? I crave a good joke, whether it’s gigglesnorting at one or (trying) to make those around me chuckle. Concerning the latter, I think I succeed more than I tragically fail.
Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible: Oh boy. I can be a bit of all of these, but really only one of them is a constant. I know that I am occasionally prone to thinking very highly of myself; I’m somewhat ashamed to admit it, but I have, on occasion, looked down upon some of the avatars that have approached me (often romantically) because I didn’t feel they were ‘up to my standard’. Not really the new Second Life resident – that’s someone I want to spend time with and help and expose to some of the cool parts of our world, but the avi that’s been around for six years and just can’t be bothered to mold their avatar out of anything more than a few freebies. I feel kind of rotten just writing that, but I know it’s true. It’s definitely a character weakness; not everyone has the time/money/knowledge/inclination to really make an effort to improve the appearance of their avatar and I should be more accepting of that and less superficial. I think all we can do when we recognize a shortcoming in ourselves is try to improve, and my journey there continues. I’m going to have a sip of tea and move on before this particular topic gets out of hand. Occasionally, I will dig my heels in and proclaim that my way is right and any other opinions are wholly invalid. The one that REALLY hits the mark here is lazy – I will endeavor to find a quick and easy way through nearly any task, and if I’m able to procrastinate when given a task, I’ll cheerfully do so.
(*Forgive me for getting so verbose there! I should save the self-reflection for a less public arena.)
Leo likes: Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends: I don’t know about the Theater; I can kind of give or take going to dramatic productions. Do movies count? I love a good movie. Taking holidays? Really only if it’s something about which I’m interested. Not long ago I took my niece to a comic convention and LOVED it. We had a ball and made so many good memories that I think we’ll talk about forever. On the other side of that spectrum we have a recent camping trip with my family; I silently groaned and complained every minute, and there were times I actually longed for the office. Expensive things? YES YES YES! While I try to be a somewhat frugal shopper, I take a great deal of joy in having beautiful (and often pricey) clothes and accessories, gorgeous and fun sailboats, lovely furniture and décor, and all the fun, expensive things that make SL one of my happy places. In first life it’s clothing and accessories and make-up and toys (not that kind! I mean phones and such!). All that said, I still haven’t pulled the trigger on a 5000L$ Bento mesh head…). Finally, I am never having a better time in life both First or Second than when I’m with friends. I love being the hostess and I love being a guest with good friends and loved ones.
Leo dislikes: Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen: Oh boy. I think this example might kind of cover all three: I don’t think anyone likes being ignored, but back in the days when I earned my salt (that is a phrase my father uses – isn’t it cute?) dancing at a little club called Bare Assets (quaint, no?), I used to really bristle and burn when another dancer was being favored while I danced and flirted and winked to no avail. I stormed out of the club more than once because I could feel my temper rising and I didn’t want to let it boil over. The difficult reality of the situation is everyone has their own taste and there are certainly others who ‘did the job’ better than me. While I’d like to be treated like the queen of the castle (or, in this case, the, ahem, gentleman’s club), it doesn’t work out that way.
So what did I learn here? While there are A LOT of coincidences, no doubt, I think many of them are practically universal. No one likes being ignored, and difficult realities suck. I would say most everyone loves a nice holiday and expensive things are often beautiful and fun! I still don’t believe I’ll favorite an astrology site on my web browser, but maybe there’s at least a little something to it.
What I’m wearing:
Outfit: Kristi by Addams
Hair: Imani by TRUTH
Earrings: Le Kitty Earrings by Noodles
Rings: Bayswater Rings by Astralia
Glasses: Rasa by Kumaki Glasses Style
PS: Thanks to my good friend Phillie for helping give this shot some beautiful life in the background and for just being awesome!