Saturday, 28 May 2016

Of escapism.


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When you are dangling from the edge, just about to tip over the ledge, what do you do to escape? Do you close your eyes and hope for the danger to pass? Or do you give yourself something to distract until help arrives?
Very so often, I’ve realized, when I’m thrown into a bad place, I seek escape through distraction. And talking to my best friend I found out we both have a similar choice of escapism.
 A book. Not a profound book. Not a classic novel. Just a book with a light story, with happiness and jokes, with silly problems and dramatic solutions. A book like Princess Diaries or the Mediator series in my case. Meg Cabot, really.
Others binge watch movies or TV shows. Escaping into another world. Just for a few hours each day, for that very much needed breathing space.
And then I ask. Is escapism good? Is it the way we survive? Our coping mechanism? Our way of looking after ourselves when we no longer can put up with reality and need some time off this world. I don’t know. But it makes me happy. It makes me light. It calms me down. In the end that is what should matter, right? What should it be: escaping or standing your ground and taking all the unnecessary hits? I’d rather escape so I can come back and stand my ground and swing back at the hits. Don't you agree?


25 comments:

  1. I love that you mentioned Meg Cabot in this post, I adore her! x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I love how you've put it.. !!! You explained it so well that my dad might actually let me watch/read to "escape" and come back to reality.. This is Dad level bro.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Haha, you should make him read it too.

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  3. I have to agree with you, Manisha. When times get harder I tend to read a lot more - diving into practically any book I can. And if I'm finding the book too depressing then I usually leave it for later, when I'm not really seeking escapism anymore. I guess that's something we do to create a thin layer or protection before we have to go out into the world!

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    1. I'm with you. I leave intense books for a time when I;m in the place where I can appreciate and enjoy them.
      It's definitely a protection of sorts!

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  4. I completely agree! We need escapism now and then to keep us sane.

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  5. It was a wonderful read! Unconsciously, I tend to find other tasks to get involved in to put me off of regular tasks for a while. And reading this, it did make think about it more. I guess now I can decide how I can use my escapes better.

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    1. Working on something is a great escapism technique too! Thank you, Sandra :)

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  6. love this <3
    http://cheveux-noir.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I completely agree - I see nothing wrong with a healthy dose of escapism every now and again! It refuels you, preparing you to come back to 'reality' with great strength/motivation :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Very true! Reality becomes bearable with a dose of escapism.

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  8. I agree with you, we do need to get away from reality every now and then. I think I'd go crazy if I didn't haha :)
    Great post!

    Lipstick and Mocha

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  9. Loved it. Currently I am in search of a good book, not a depressing one but the one which makes me literally flow into words while boosting my soul!! :)

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    1. Hey Ritcha! Thanks!
      I hope you find the right book soon!

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  10. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! 💙💚

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  11. Does sleeping count? lol Jokes aside,binge watching shows has been my escape.I find escapism essential.Its easier to deal with the reality with a clear head which is possible for me only when I escape into my world for some time.

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    1. Binge watching shows is such a escape, I have to agree!

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