I know this may come across as slightly weird but I enjoy observing people. Observing their behavior and how they deal with situations. I have no idea why but it is something that has always fascinated me. Recently a friend and I had a discussion about how people run away from their problems. Escaping their reality because they just don’t know how to deal with the matters at hand. I have always felt that my mind is my most powerful weapon, as much as it can help me, it can destroy me too. You can do anything you put your mind to, we all know this but how many of us actually do that. Sometimes it does seem so much easier to tell yourself that what you want and need is impossible to get. That you will come out at a loss in the end. That it won’t be worth it. That you are something that you are not. Your mindset is everything, the more you tell yourself these things the more it becomes your reality, the more you want to runaway from it. Don’t let your fear of failure stop you from taking what you want.
I feel like there is a fine line between escaping your reality and running away from it. I see escaping as an occasional occurrence. Taking a step back to re-evaluate the situation. Refueling your mind and figuring out your next move forward. Running away is leaving everything behind. This is were things get dangerous. You will never find peace by avoiding life’s obstacles. It is impossible to run away from your problems, trust me I know. Just when you feel you have run far enough, it eventually catches up to you. It becomes a never ending cycle. You become exhausted and before you know it everything comes tumbling down. It feels good to just shut down, clear your mind of all worry and just be lost in nothingness sometimes. Just don’t get addicted to that feeling. One must be careful that our escape doesn’t turn into us running away from reality. Find a good escape, something that you can do for a few hours or a few days and then bounce back. Take a walk through the park, get into a sport, take a trip away for the weekend, explore your country, shop(not necessarily the best, but certainly my favorite escape) or take part in cultural activities. I’ve always told my human that life is all about learning to balance. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful but it can also totally intoxicate you. Learn to balance your escape and your reality.
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress. You’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins
Life’s a bitch, if it was a slut it would be easy and nothing worth having comes easy. Face your fears, tackle them straight on. You’ll never know your true potential if you don’t try. And if you fail, get up and keep trying. Don’t let your fear scare you, let it motivate you. Make your dream a reality. You can only come out of this a better and stronger person.
I love going to places like Northcliff Hill. You have this incredible view of Johannesburg while being at peace with your thoughts. This is my kind of escape. Just a word of advice, take a jacket with and comfy shoes. It gets quite nippy up there, this Denim jacket from Refinery was perfect for my little trip up the hill.
Jacket – Refinery
Tee & Tights – Cotton On
Shoes – Adidas
Beanie – Forever New
Accessories – Lovisa
Photo Cred: Jovana Mandic
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