Put down the dishes, cancel that appointment and get the heck away.
Sometimes you must escape to find yourself.
Life is full of responsibilities. In the military when you are sent on deployment or a short tour you can escape from the day to day responsibilities of life. It’s like living a different reality. Some people lose sight of the life they have back home and engage in behavior that puts their home life in jeopardy. Others go all in at work and become workaholics. Others muddle through battling depression and anxiety, counting down the days until they can go back home. It’s all a form of escape until your feet hit the U.S. soil and you are thrust back into reality.
When an individual can escape their normal everyday life even for a short period of time, it can put life into perspective. It’s when you can really understand what is important and what your needs and wants are. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I say absence makes the heart more honest. Absence gives you the opportunity to figure out what you truly enjoy. It also helps you to understand if you can live with or without certain people and things.
Not everyone has the ability to go off for a week or two and just escape. You may have to take little breaks such as an hour of meditation or a long Sunday drive. Just take time to be alone with your thoughts.
“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay.”-Lynda Barry
You find out what is important to you. You learn to eradicate the pressure of keeping up with the world. You escape the pressure of climbing the promotion ladder and saving to buy the McMansion. The ability to escape can pause the pressure of the ticking biological clock, finding the perfect love, having the dream wedding and vacationing in exotic locations. Are these things that you want or are these things the world told you that you should want.
Learn what you really want and what makes you smile. Do you enjoy working 60 hours a week to afford those expensive toys or do you dream of lounging in a hammock in your backyard soaking up the sun? Cut out what everyone else wants for you, focus on what you want for yourself and enjoy the journey along the way.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”-Douglas Adams