I gotta get outta here
I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You, I’m begging You
To be my escape
~ “Be My Escape”, Relient K

I like to do this thing where I put my iPod on shuffle, and then play all songs. It’s kinda fun because you never know what’s coming next. But as I was shufflin’ through  my iPod the other day, I realized so many songs are about people looking for escape from something. Bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Metallica, Gwen Stefani, Prince, Mayday Parade, Muse, Devil Wears Prada, Relient K, and so many more. So many different bands, of many different styles.

My point with listing all those bands is to show that it doesn’t matter who you are, this idea of needing to escape is universal. When life begins to suck, we all need to escape, at least for a little while. So where do we escape to? You see, your escape place can either be healthy or harmful. And sometimes the healthy can become harmful (but that’s a topic for a different post). Escapes like music, a movie, a walk by yourself, prayer, reading, hanging out with friends, etc, are good, healthy ways to escape.

The whole purpose of escape is to get away, recoup and come back with strength do deal with the thing you needed to escape from (or, at least it should be). For me, my escape is usually a drive in which I pray, scream, shout, cry, to God. Then after that, there is a very small group of people that I want to be around, but even if we do nothing but watch a movie, not saying a word, it lets me get away from my troubles, then I can begin to deal with it because I am well rested.

What about you? What is your escape?

Secret love, my escape
Take me far, far away
Secret love, are you there?
Will you answer my prayer?
Please take me anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
~ “Anywhere But Here”, Mayday Parade

3 comments on “Escape

  1. For several years after Kevin died, as soon as I felt the anxieties of grief, I would drive to Assateague and spend the day watching the waves wash up, trying to feel as close to Kevin as I could and as far away from reality as I could. It gave me brief escapes, but it never “solved” the problem. I stopped running away this spring, and it’s been the most freeing thing ever. Now, when I want to return to Assateague, I want to do it to honor his memory and the time I love there, not to escape the pain I feel having lost him.

    • Escape is healthy for a short time, but you can’t escape forever, it’s in finally facing these things that I feel we can best honor those whom we love, then a place of escape becomes not only a place of rest, but also a place of honor, which I think is what you have come to realize, which is awesome!

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