Lifestyle,  Miscellaneous

unexpected running away

Recently, I’ve been told that my constant need to get out and explore a new place is running away.
Those words didn’t necessarily offend me, but I felt that I needed to clear up why this need exists; why I need to “run away.”
I simply do not see packing up everything I own and moving halfway across the country (or even world) as running away. To me, it is throwing myself out of my comfort zone and into a whole bunch of “what if”s and unknowns.
Some say I’m avoiding my problems. The only thing that Iย ever try to avoid by traveling is falling into what I’d consider a boring life… Finding “the one,” moving to a small suburban town, and setting up an entire life there. While that may be some peoples’ cup of tea, I know I’d get antsy and feel a great need to leave.
I don’t view my actions as running away from problems, but more so as the opposite: running towards living a life of serendipity, no matter how many “problems” I may encounter.
When I’m 90 years old and on my deathbed, there’s no way I want to have a “what if” in my mind. I want to experience as much as I possibly can in this life I have, and while, yes, I do have an entire lifetime to fill with experiences, there are so many possibilities in the world that I have yet to even fathom. It would take an infinite amount of lifetimes to follow every possibility’s full course, which is the reason that I get antsy to travel and see new things. There are so many unknowns that I’d love to discover and I have no time to waste.
I don’t necessarily see myself “running away” from anything. Instead, I’m creating a life of adventure for myself; a life full of as many possibilities I can fit into one lifetime. Despite others critiquing my choices, I wouldn’t want to live this life any other way.

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  • Amandas_Wanderlust

    Interesting perspective! I always say that you can’t run away from your problems anyway, as they tend to follow you wherever you go! So, I’m with you, it’s not running away, it’s just stepping out of your comfort zone, stretching yourself and gaining new and stimulating experiences.

  • CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide)

    I hate when people tell me I am running away, it is infuriating! Youโ€™re right, some people live a normal but in my view, boring life but it does not attract me in the slightest! My partner and I plan to move abroad to teach and so many people donโ€™t get why we would bother. I want to see the world and there is so much of it to see!

  • erikastravels

    While I do think some people travel or move away to escape their problems, I don’t think that seeking a life of adventure is necessarily running away either. I, like you, love stepping out of my comfort zone and discovering the unknown. That, in no way, means I am dissatisfied with my life or afraid of “settling down.”

  • shy

    sometimes I do feel that I travel to run away and to forget about some ‘things’, but I feel that it’s necessary for us to do so to pull ourselves together, to rejuvenate and to replenish so we’re better prepared for whatever lies in our real lives.

    • Anya Carion

      I think travel is a great way to clear your head, but ultimately, you’ll return to your “problems” or whatnot and deal with it. Not running away- just trying to resolve it with some space ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • shieahmarie

    sometimes I do travel to escape from the harsh realities of life, but that’s just my case. every travel has different meanings to every travelers, but I believe that all travelers have one thing in common, we all want to try something different and to explore the world that we don’t know.

    • Anya Carion

      Definitely! That’s what pulls us all together when we’re abroad. We’re so easily able to befriend each other because while we all have our different reasons for travel, we’re all going on a journey of personal growth ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Traveling Dreads

    I hear ya! I’ve been told I’m running away…and I completely agree! I’m running away from a life of ordinary, toward a life extraordinary!! No apologies, no regrets! We only get one chance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • nyrdagur

    I couldn’t agree more, great post! I feel the same regarding travelling. We must live a life full of adventures and not regretting later about things we should have done ๐Ÿ™‚

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