Summer: A Free One

Summer Escape

The above image shown is my patio; a place that I will be migrating to for a good majority of the summer.  This is the area that I will be enjoying my summer, a part of the year that I have not really embraced for 5 years (Full-time work and school will do that to you).  I can just sit back and think about how far I have come so far in my journey that I like to call life.

In one of my earlier blog posts that I wrote (which can be viewed here), I mentioned some of my evasions from reality.  I think I might need to add this physical area to my list.  I have the opportunity to reflect on the hard work and dedication in a way that I have not before.

Along with sitting out on my patio and enjoying nature (when it’s not extremely hot), I can do many other things this summer with the extra time.  For example, I can plan that family trip that my mother has been dying to take.  I can visit a couple of new restaurants/nightspots that I want to explore.  Finally, I can spend time with family members and friends who I have not seen in what seems to be a century.

For the last couple of summers, I have either been doing the following pretty much in order: 1. Work varying hours full-time for an IT company, 2. Attend school full-time right afterward three-times a week, 3. Had my head buried in the books in order to get homework/projects completed, 4. Slept on the couch from extreme exhaustion.  I unfortunately do not have pictures of the fourth statement (might be for my own good).  It’s good for one summer that I don’t have to do steps 2 & 3; step 4 I’m still trying to work on.

As much as I love and miss school, I can’t pass up the chance to enjoy three of the hottest months of the year known as summer.  Next year might not be same story, that Master’s Degree is calling me about now.

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My Evasion(s) From Reality

Evasion – physical or mental escape; an act or instance of escaping, avoiding, or shirking something

Let’s face it:  life can get very difficult.  Things such as school, family, work and its environment, and death and really affect one’s mindset on the way they view life.  All of these things have recently affected me one way or another.  Instead of laying in a puddle of my own misery, there are things that help me overcome what we know as reality.  Here are my top three things I use as temporary evasion from reality:

1. Music

I honestly don’t know where I would be if it was not for the calming relaxation that music gives me.  I have a collection of music for any type of mood that I’m in at the time; ranging from happy to sad to depressed.  Once I put those headphones on, my mind takes a temporary trip from it all to embellish in a life without worries; a life without fear; a life without pain.  To listen to an artist and interpret the message that is being conveyed makes you feel that he/she has been down the same path before.  Music has honestly helped me relieve some stress from everyday life.  Music is more powerful that many people might think because you, as the audience, have the power to mold that song’s message into something that relates to you.

2. Writing

Writing has been my metier for as long as I can remember.  Whether it was that one paragraph assignment back in elementary school, or that fifteen-page essay in college, I just love to write my thoughts out on a piece of paper.  I will honestly say that I am not the type of individual who consistently speaks his mind regarding something.  However, when I write my thoughts down, I believe that my words will have equal significance as verbal communication.  I know that blogging as not the same as writing on a physical piece of paper, but this also helps me get out messages that I’m trying to deliver to an audience of people.

3. Gym

Going to the gym and working out serves me well, especially when I feel angry or tense.  Instead of directing my anger towards someone who doesn’t deserve it, why not just do some physical exercises to relieve some ailing feelings.  The gym serves me well in lowering my stress level and building up muscle.  That’s killing two birds with one stone.

In a physical sense, you’re in the same place as your problems.  On the other hand, your mind is in its own mental paradise for a temporary period of time.  It’s true that life can throw us a curveball, but you can’t make it past home plate with a nervous approach.  Sometimes we need to step back and walk for a little.  Once we re-approach our situation, our swing towards life’s problems will be more sound, and success will point us in the right direction.  I believe we all have evasions or escapes; use it to your advantage.