Go. Run away. Choose what makes you happy, even if it means packing your bags and stepping away from it all. You know you want to. Leave your problems behind – the stresses and rat race, the hustle and heartbreaks – and just go.
I never said it has to be a one-way ticket.
It can be for a few weeks, a few days or maybe just a weekend. It doesn’t even have to be far. At least run away to somewhere unfamiliar, where the sights, smells and sounds seem new and strange. Run away to a place where no one knows who you are.
This is a truth travelers can’t deny: we are all running away. Some run to escape from the office cubicle, a relationship they can’t save, or a stressful situation at home or work. Some run to find what they can’t physically grasp, like experiences, excitement or perhaps that spark within themselves.
While running away won’t solve your problems, it helps to disappear once in a while. Here’s why.
Choosing freedom teaches you to take life a little less seriously
When you’re stuck at work day after day, having to deal with the same old stresses of life, it can get to you. The overload and exhaustion can easily cause a burnout, leaving you demotivated.
If you ever feel like you want to run away, it’s probably a sign that you should. Traveling gives you a level of freedom few people experience. Fun fact: your problems won’t follow you unless you let them. Even if just for a while, getting yourself out of that stressful environment gives you time to slow down. You might realise that those little issues you were worrying about may not be as significant as they seem.
Disconnect to reconnect
You love your family members, friends and colleagues. But there are times when you need a break from people. If you’re an introvert like me, you know what I mean. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Exploring on your own, away from those you know, lets you experience new things and meet new people. For once, you don’t have to be the spouse, parent, colleague, daughter or son. For a little while, you can let go of those responsibilities. All you need to be is you.
Be open to the possibilities, talk to strangers, and understand more about the world beyond that. You might find yourself getting to know some of the most interesting bunch of people you will ever meet. Along the way, you may even reconnect with yourself.
Run to save the child in you
Within every traveler is a child – one who sees the world with new eyes and an open heart. When you live in the same place for so long, the childlike wonder in you tends to be put aside.
Travel allows you to break away from the routine and rediscover the world again. You start to realise that there are plenty of places you haven’t seen, adventures you haven’t gone on, unusual food you haven’t tried. You find beauty in nature. You learn that there are people with different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds everywhere. No matter how near or far, travel helps you grow and develop into a better person.
When you get home, you may even start to notice things you didn’t see before. Like how the food at the local kopitiam tastes more delicious than you remembered. Or that there are beautiful places in your hometown or city. In your backyard. Or right in front of you.
Don’t run away from life, run towards life
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
Travel is an adult way of running away. Many people seem to think of travel as a form of escape, but it is more than that. It’s about taking time to live life to the fullest and embracing what it has to offer. You would not want to wake up one day only to realise that a year has gone by and there isn’t the faintest recollection of what happened in between.
If you feel the urge to run, go. You, like most travelers, are not running away from life. You’re running towards it.
When was the last time you ran away?
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