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Have you ever walked away from your life?

Asked by wundayatta (58568points) June 8th, 2011

Maybe you’ve had the urge to just walk out that door and leave everything behind and start a new life. But have you actually done it? Why? What did you do? Where did you go? Did you ever go back?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I am not alone in this life. Now that I have brought children into my life, I do not allow myself that option. Besides, I love who I spend my life with.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

Actually, yes. That’s exactly what I did. I walked away from my marriage and never looked back. Well, I did return to the house momentarily to pack my things. But I took all my stuff to my new apartment and never went back. As difficult and dramatic as it was, I don’t regret it for a second. It took me years to get the balls to pull a stunt like that.

tan235's avatar

I“m always walking away… I have a tendency to never be able to stay still, however I“m not running away, or even walking I guess, I’m wanting new experiences, I’ve moved countries, left lovers, changed my occupation…. and I’ve never felt unstable, however – I don’t have any attachments, no children, etc etc, so if I did I might not be so free with my desires.
I“m not saying this is a cold hard fact but sometimes if something doesn’t feel right, the best thing to do is leave without over thinking… you’ll always be caught, the universe provides us with the best safety net just in case.
I don’t know maybe it’s just me, life is about balance…. and if you’re to far on either side at some stage of your life you’ll just snap…

dannyc's avatar

I always walk away, but towards something new. I never think of change as anything but invigorating. My attention span is usually 2 years, but the next two years are usually the best. I always keep my commitments to my family sacred, overriding my desire for change. I am never as successful as people think I should be, but live a 10 fold more exciting life as a result of my restlessness to seek answers. Thanks to fluther, I have many.

Cruiser's avatar

Running away from anything sucks….kind of indicates that things were not handled well! Finger pointing accomplishes little. In the end…time to decide what works for you!

rooeytoo's avatar

Well I did sort of start a new life but it was not a case of running away, it was more running to. Actually I did it twice. I left my career behind and went to the dogs. Built a kennel and made my living boarding, training, showing, handling dogs and I loved it. The I fell in love with a man on the other side of the world. So I sold the kennel and my dog Rooey and I moved to Australia. Roo is long gone but I am still kicking and I don’t have any intention of ever going back. I may visit sometime but there is so much on this side of the world that I have yet to see so when we travel we usually stay over here. I have seen most of the USA and so has my mate.

It was made easier by the fact that I had no children, my parents were dead and my only close relative is an older brother. We talk on the phone or online as often as we saw each other when we lived in the same town. I do miss some friends and nieces and nephews, but I probably wouldn’t be in that much closer contact with them either.

augustlan's avatar

I changed my life pretty dramatically, but I didn’t walk away from the people who depend on me, namely my children.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I wish I can leave my current situation. It’s not that it’s so miserable but it’s so monotonous and less motivating.

ucme's avatar

Nah, cowards way out! Stay & tough it out would be my advice.
As it happens, thus far, i’ve had no reason to even contemplate such a drastic course of action.

Bellatrix's avatar

No. I have people I am responsible for. I have changed my life on a number of occasions and taken new directions but I haven’t absconded from my responsibilities. Some of those changes have been harder to manage because I had other people relying on me but I have managed them and achieved my goals.

iLove's avatar

I did. At age 16, tired of being abused by my mentally ill mother, not supported by my father, called racially hateful names at school, I just fucking left. I quit school, and moved to Florida without knowing anyone or having a high school diploma. In hindsight, I am shocked that I had the “balls” to do that, but some circumstances cause you to act in ways you never thought you had the strength for.

I ended up passing my GED without studying – and qualifying for a grant to go to Art School – which I always wanted to do.

If given the choice again, I would do the same exact thing. Florida is my real home – devoid of the racial issues and narrow-minded overzealous religious people I had to deal with.

Berserker's avatar

When I lived in Winnipeg, I just up and left. Left pretty much all my stuff behind. I took some clothes with me, some PlayStation games for some reason, books, and a pillow. I bought a bus ticket to Québec with my last 190 bucks, and that was that. Maybe I was running away, but I just think I really needed to spark things up and have an adventure or something. Lived in a few different towns and cities in Québec before ending up here and settling.
Sometimes late at night or when I wake up in the morning, I feel like just walking out, follow the river and see where it takes me. Like what Jules wanted to do in Pulp Fiction lol. This is not realistic no, but I think I need some other drastic on the spot change at this point.

buster's avatar

I get bored off where I am living often and will move thousands of miles away to places I have never been just for a change. I have also left where I lived to get away from girlfriends, drugs, and running from the law.

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