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Do you ever get the feeling that you want to run away from everything?

Asked by MilkyWay (13705points) April 5th, 2011

Do you ever get the feeling that you want to leave everything behind and run as far as you can?
Just run away, not knowing where or for how long, just… run.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yeah, quite a bit of the time. Only thing is that doesn’t work.

yankeetooter's avatar

Yes…all the time. I think this is a sign that I need to take more vacations…or more breaks…or something.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Yes. I have been overwhelmed by my reality many times.

gondwanalon's avatar

HA! Yes every day as I commute to work.

YoBob's avatar

Yep, pretty much all the time. Who the heck doesn’t want to run away from the responsibilities and stresses of the real world to enjoy a care free fantasy existence.

The choice to stick around and deal with those responsibilities and how you handle those items that cause you stress are what ultimately defines your character. In the end, IMHO, you come to realize that it is those choices that comprise the bulk of what really counts in life.

I think John Lennon said it well: “Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.”

Meego's avatar

I was just thinking that while I was getting ready :/ My only option to get away from it all is lay down and die..and I’m not willing to do that so…C’est la vie.

ucme's avatar

Only two things have me scurrying away, wasps & the wife when I misbehave. Run like the bloody clappers I do.

marinelife's avatar

Not too often lately, but I have in the past.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Yes I have. At those times, I hop in the car and take off into the country, drive around awhile, and then go back feeling better.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Often, and it sucks. This is why I play an online game (World of Warcraft) and go sit on my patio and read books. It’s a temporary escape without leaving everything in the dust.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No, not at all.

captainsmooth's avatar

If I could, I would. I have 2 reasons for staying where I am, daughters ages 6 and 10.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

This is going to sound way more depressing than I intend for it to… but I don’t feel like running. I feel like ceasing to exist. I don’t want to run away, I just want to completely vanish. Poof.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf You just need to recharge your battery. Trips, vacations, walks in the woods or along the beach, even if it’s just for a few hours.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I need a miracle.
No, in all seriousness, that’s good advice @Skaggfacemutt. You’re right.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf Hang in there. I think nothing sounds good from time to time, especially when you’re going through a rough spell, but it is nothing good either. My newest nephew turns one month old today.

Scooby's avatar

Not for over ten years , I did then & found my way here, where I am now :-)

Ladymia69's avatar

Every day, man, every day.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf I’ve felt that way too. It’s awful, isn’t it? Ther have been days when I’ve seriously felt like the world was caving in and nothing was going right, and I just thought, “I’d rather disappear than go through this”.

CaptainHarley's avatar

When I was younger, yes, but now all I wanna do is strangle some of the idiots who are our alleged “leaders!” : )

downtide's avatar

This is very often how I feel, when I feel like I can’t cope.

Once, I worked at a job I hated, and my route to work every morning took me through the railway station (not commuting by train, just taking a short-cut). Every morning I would look up at the departures board and see trains travelling to all corners of the country. It took all my willpower not to just get a ticket and get on one of them and never come back.

12Oaks's avatar

Yeah, sometimes. And I do. Other times, I wish I could take a, oh, say, 12 month tax holiday. Too many scrooges out there who just won’t agree to not taking your earned money from you for even a day, yet alone 365. Gotta hate that…..

KateTheGreat's avatar

A year to this day, I ran away. No lie!

It’s not the best thing to do. Not only have I thought about it, I actually did it. It’s not the good choice though.

stardust's avatar

I’ve thought about that a lot in the past. Not so much as of late. Sometimes it helps to jump on a bus or a train and go to another town for a few hours. I like the anonymity & headspace.

etignotasanimum's avatar

Sometimes, but then I realize that I’d be leaving behind all these wonderful people who love me and really do want the best for me, even if it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. And when I think of that, I know that no matter how bad things get, I don’t need to run.

Ladymia69's avatar

@KatetheGreat Yep, it’s the old adage that follows you even in teenage/young adult years – you can’t run away from yourself.

Jude's avatar


@ANef_is_Enuf Why do you feel that way?

ariah's avatar

Yhea. I do. Seriously, when I start driving you will be lucky to find me within state boarders.

ette_'s avatar

Yes…I feel that way constantly. My therapist reminded me that even if I did go somewhere else, my issues will still be there. @ANef_is_Enuf I completely feel you on that one. I don’t want to say I’m actually suicidal, because I’m not actively thinking of ways to end things, but sometimes I really do just wish that I could cease to exist.

casheroo's avatar

Um, all the time.

Jude's avatar

I wouldn’t mind checking out of here tomorrow.

OpryLeigh's avatar

On Sunday night, knowing I was faced with a really busy week and feeling out of my depth, I was lying in bed at 11.30pm and all I could think about was “if I get in the car and drive, I could be at Loch Ness by 7.30am”. The thought was so tempting.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’m not suicidal, either, just to be clear.
I don’t want to run away. I don’t want to die, either. I just want to vanish. I don’t know how else to explain it. The “why” is probably very much for the same reasons that people do want to die or to run away from it all.

ddude1116's avatar

Yes. Hell, yes. I desperately want to walk out my front door and take a mega bus or greyhound to the middle of nowhere for a few days, just tramping around like in all those Kerouac books I’ve read.

lonelydragon's avatar

Yes, many times. I would love to start over somewhere new and change my life. But I have responsibilities here that I can’t leave and, as others said, things that I’d like to change about myself would still follow me wherever I went.

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