Everyone wants to escape sometimes
By Casey Pipet

Writing for me has become some what my escape recently when things get tough. When I’m having a bad day I will write until I have found some kind of escape, until things die down and I feel like myself again. When I write I don’t think about anything other than which I am writing about so it certainly takes my mind off things for a while. However, there will be times when things get tough and I am unable to write. Let’s say if I was at college and things took a turn for the worst and I couldn’t write what would I do then?

Everyone wants to escape sometimes. I'm looking at life like I'd look at a climbing route. It's a metaphor for life - how will I succeed and what is my next move going to be?

I picture a happy place

Well a friend once told me that when things get tough and I’m unable to write that I should create a world inside my head and so I tried it and for me it seemed to work. I would picture a place where I am at my happiest and for me that would be on a rock face climbing. Where the only thing on my mind is what my next move will be and how I will reach the top. After time I started to look at that as a metaphor for life; how will I succeed and what is my next move going to be?

I am now learning to look at life like how I would look at a climbing route. When I find a route hard I will step back and look at what the problem is and work through it and try again. Every time I fall I get back up and try again and that is what I have been applying to life recently. Every time I have a setback I will take time to reflect and then try again. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t easy; in fact it is the opposite, but I know in the end that it will be worth it!

I’m opening doors

I recently met up with someone from my past and it just didn’t feel the same so I decided to sit back and reflect on the situation that was presented to me. After sitting back I realised that at the time they were exactly what I needed but now that I have changed and grown as a person they are no longer what is right for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them, it means that I have learnt that they are in the past for a reason. People change, they grow into the person that they decide to be and focus on what is important to them. That doesn’t make them a bad person, it makes them human.

We all drift apart from the people that we used to be close with to allow other people to come into our lives. That’s exactly what has happened to me. I removed myself from a situation and by doing so this opened up doors to new opportunities and new people which I appreciate a lot.

I never used to like change but as I have grown as a person I have realised that change is a part of everyday life: new day, new battles followed by new opportunities. This is something that you can’t escape and shouldn’t want to escape.

Reproduced with permission, originally posted on caseypipet

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