1/ Whenever someone says they "don't get" #NFTs, I tell them a story.
2/ When I was a kid, I had a pet dragon.

Her name was Marina0238, and she was the most perfect little blue Shoyru you ever did meet.
3/ It didn't matter that, when it came to pixels, she was exactly the same as all the other blue Shoryus.

Every day for nearly three years, I fetched her omelettes, took her to the Battledome, and searched for a cool paintbrush, so she could look as special as she was to me.
4/ Years later, I still thought back on @Neopets fondly from time to time. I'd spent many hours of my childhood there, after all!

One day, I went to log in for a bit of nostalgia...

...only to find that my account—and my beloved Marina—had been PURGED. ☠️
5/ It's not the pixels that matter. (I'm well aware that I can Google a blue Shoyru anytime.)

It's the memories.

If Marina0238 were an #NFT, it wouldn't have been possible to erase her—and along with her, the heart and soul that my younger self poured into that game.
6/ And so... I don't bother following the many NFT projects that are "just art."

Unless they have a metaverse to exist in—and actual ways to interact with them—they'll be forgotten before long.

What I'm excited about is the future.
7/ If I have kids someday, whatever lives they create in the metaverse won't be so easy to erase.

They won't be limited to one universe, either—as long as their meta-belongings are tokenized, they'll be free to explore. Those items could even evolve from one world to another.
8/ As someone who's always said that the way I'm going to go is by uploading my brain to the cloud, THIS is what I'm excited about.

Not JPEGs.

Memories! 🐉

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