It was what I had expected when I announced to the volunteers group this week I was retiring from relaying. Only a small number of people had asked why I was retiring but I saved them from the gory details but did tell them it was time to step aside and let new people join the fray. I hadn’t set the actual date yet as I want to see how the new season will go until the Halfway There weekend in May.
I’m sorta hoping I can make my goal by then if possible and unless I need to, continue to relay weekend in July. And then call it quits then. It’s tiring, stressful at times when you’re on the front lines leading a team, to do the very best you can do with what resources you have available at hand. And sometimes reaching out to others for additional help.
But, I am not going away beaten, I am going out in a way that I hope that I have made a difference with those I have been surrounded by in many different areas of my relay experiences. Even tho retirement is impending I feel good and very pleased with all I have done and tried to do. Yet, just a small dark cloud still hangs over my head of incidents that happened that should have never happened in the ways it did.
My moving into a new direction in my virtual life I can see already I’m a little leary but excited. I have been approached to manage a venue at some point and looking forward to that. Then there is my learning to build, I been having loads of fun with that!
Will I stay in contact with the volunteers group? With my being a chat Moderator for the Survivors chat on Sundays the answer is yes, so that way I can send out notices when it’s my turn to moderate, but I will be lurking in the shadows to see that if anything I can at least say hi to the group now and then.
I am sure that when I made my announcement there were questions. I know for the new teams and people who don’t know me don’t know my history and background, but I do know of the long time members can step in and sorta explain to them who and what I had been to the group at large.
My history and legacy which will be remembered as a Relayer who went all out to do what the job called for, and in the end I am deeply satisfied and grateful for all I did since 2007.
Here’s the notice I sent out;
In looking back over the years, I have been taking stock. I have been thinking back to what’s been an experience I’ll never forget. And yet, the work isn’t done, and the missions needs to be completed. But for my part in the over all scheme of things being just a cog on a gear that’s finally worned down to where it needs to be replaced with a new gear, I decided it’s time to retire from the rigors of relaying in the virtual community of Second Life.
It is time for me to step aside and past the torch on to someone new, it’s time for new ideas to come to life.
Trying to decide how far to go this relay season is being a bit stubborn with me, but until then it’s an open date to when I will step aside and call it quits.
In spite of some issues in the past and present it’s been my honor and pleasure to have served in various capacities across the grid within the relay community. My team (CyberNuts RFL) and I will do what we can until the time comes for me to step aside soon.
Hugs n Love
Vickie A. Maidstone, Captain, CyberNuts RFL
And so it begins, A New Direction in the virtual world I love.