Ever feel like you have too much on your mind? Ever have the need to escape from reality, even for ten minutes? I have, and it seems to be needed more and more lately.
Distractions (noun): a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something
Distractions, that’s what I have been doing lately. Taking my mind off of my problems at hand by fully distracting myself with something I love. Personal issues. Medical issues. School. Children. Work. It’s all been the same. I have needed to escape my reality.
When I feel the need to escape, I often do one of two things: read or paint. Reading takes me to the movies. I see the scenes unfold in my mind. I get invested into their emotions. I laugh with the characters. I even cry with them. Painting is a whole other ball game. I start to paint and I get completely distracted in what I am doing. Time flies by quickly. I have even noticed that painting calms me, especially when I need it the most.
These last few weeks I have needed this extra escape. I have been in and out of the doctor’s office since January trying to figure out what is wrong with my hip. Answers are starting to come in – slowly. There are still a few more tests I am waiting on, and the waiting game is not a fun game to play. This is why the distractions are needed. I’ve been relying on painting to help me escape throughout the day and reading at night.
This is all reminiscent of the time cancer struck my life two years ago. I was in and out of doctor visits. I was concerned about what it could be. I knew if I removed the worry, I would be able to function better throughout the day. I would be able to focus on my job, on my daughter, and on my volunteering activities. I was able to distract myself from reality for just a little bit. When I did, I became a better person for it. Next time I need to escape, I want to head to a Caribbean island to dig my feet in the sand, read a book, and have a tropical drink in hand.
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