Sometimes you just need to escape from it all.

There are times when you feel so overwhelmed, you just need to get away, escape from your life, escape from your routines, and try something different.

As you are reading this, I am on a vacation in a place I have never been to before, with the medieval reenactment society I have played with for over twenty-five years now.  Yet the majority of the people I will be with will not be my usual family and friends, and I will be only sporadically online and largely away from my usual life.

For a time this escape had me distressed.  I was concerned with the length of the trip, the unfamiliarity of the place and many of the people I will be surrounded by, and stepping outside of and away from my life for a week.  Even when I attend Pennsic in August, I largely go offline, but I am with the same people, friends and family, and I know the site and the area around it like it’s a second home.

I have done this before.  I have escaped to somewhere new to me, and whenever I have done that, despite concerns and trepidation, it has ALWAYS proven to be worthwhile.  Yes, it is important to live life and be aware, but once in a while it is healthy to escape, because in doing so you are immersed in the moment, and hyper-aware of the here-and-now.

Escaping gives us the chance to reset ourselves, to find new purpose, new ways to think.  Escaping allows you to take a break from stressors and reclaim your heart and soul.

An escape allows you to clear you mind, so that you have a much better position to evaluate what you are spending time thinking about, where you are spending energy on your feelings, and to see how your actions, intentional or not, are effecting the outcome that is your life.

Escaping is a temporary act, ultimately putting yourself in the here-and-now.  In this context, eventually you return to the world you departed, but hopefully better for the time you have spent in the present, more ready to tackle whatever challenges life puts before you.

We all need an occasional escape from reality, because anything that generates more positivity is a benefit to us.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that you can escape from it all, you have an opportunity to reset.  When we escape from the stress and concerns and negativity of our everyday lives, we can reclaim control over our thoughts, feelings and actions, and as such we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.  Gratitude leads to happiness.  Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude.  Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.


This is the one hundred sixty-third entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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