Unburied. Unburdened. Unwound and unbound. As the last of my boxed-up bounty was rezzed, unpacked, and organized within my inventory, I audibly exhaled with gratitude and relief.
My first month back on the grid has been an orgy of discovering and delighting in the overwhelming generosity of Second Life’s designers, and the amount of free and gifted parcels I had quickly amassed was amazing and not a little bit daunting. But with persistence and many hours spent semi-naked in sandboxes (you’re welcome, fellow homeless wanderers), my inventory has at last been sorted – for the moment, at least! So where would my first journey take me? I had soothed my desire to clothe myself with style; now it was time to soothe my soul.
A few weeks ago, perhaps inspired by the SS Galaxy’s impending retirement, a thread was woven at the SLUniverse Forums wherein members waxed poetic about their favorite sims and builds of SL past. I piped in with my recollection of a space-themed sim where one could listen to lush, ambient music and lose themselves in digital meditation. I presumed that the place was long gone, having not visited there for many years, but quick came the reply: “I believe you’re thinking of Inspire Space Park.” Oh my stars, I thought to myself, in wonder. It still exists.
Inspire Space Park is one of those beautifully unique Second Life destinations that are compelling just by virtue of their presence. I virtually never remember to turn on media streaming, but it’s one of the first things I did when I rezzed out of orbit, and immediately I was lulled into a meditative groove with chilled, evocative music that recalls the best of SomaFM‘s ambient and downtempo stations all rolled into one.
ISP’s Facebook page offers a welcoming glimpse at the impressive longevity of the sim, now in its 8th year of operations – a tremendous accomplishment! Created by Virtual Life Media, their inspiration for the sim was “to set in place a 100% cosmic chillspace merging sight and sound to foster appreciation for relaxation, contemplation, and conversation.”
Inspire Space Park’s landing area is rimmed with teleports and landmarks for sims within the Virtual Life family, as well as complimentary locations and experiences. Visitors may also click on curiously-named pose balls ike “Orbital Spin” or the two-person “Orbital Embrace”, which immediately whisks riders off on a guided cosmic orbit. Couples may opt to share a dreamy “Moondance” off on lofted platform, while those with relaxation in mind are welcome to sit on any number of meditation cushions or practice the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.
After availing myself of a glorious space ride (I remember this feature from all those years ago; it never fails to give me chills), I took the Level 2 teleport and found myself in a dreamy cosmic garden with glowing flora and gleaming fauna. I walked along a floating pathway to a trippy planetary light show, where no one could see in but I could view the fullness of the cosmos all around me. Then, back in the garden, I nestled myself gratefully into a relaxing pose and spent the next hour camming around in delighted bliss, my newly upgraded computer (a birthday gift with impeccable timing) offering me the best views of this lovely place that I’ve ever known.
Inspire Space Park is vintage Second Life at its best, a place I recommend that all new and veteran residents alike pay a visit to (or many!) And don’t be surprised if you peek into the distant abyss and find me lounging in repose as I’m off in another window writing a blog post or catching up on Flickr – my new favorite pastime. Worry not if you send a hello and I’m slow to respond; time moves at a different pace here in my spacey abode, and that’s quite alright by me. I could bliss out like this forever. ♥
Inspire Space Park
Region Rating: Moderate