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KeepYourEyesWideOpen's avatar

Do you ever feel the need to get away from everyone and everything for a while?

Asked by KeepYourEyesWideOpen (345points) January 16th, 2013

Why do you think that happens?‎

Nothing could be more true than the question itself, speaking for myself.

And doesn’t everyone? I think once we’re put into a situation that we become too comfortable with, we crave something more exciting. It’s in our human nature to adapt, and once we’ve adapted to an environment for so long, it becomes boring to us.

So once again, a huge thanks to you all.

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cookieman's avatar

Yes. I call it Thursday.

zenvelo's avatar

I think it’s because we need a break from stresses of our lives. Sometimes i just get sick and tired of all the emails from work, it seems we get silly ideas about once a day that end up in long threads that arrive at nothing.

KeepYourEyesWideOpen's avatar

@zenvelo : What an excellent answer to that question! You’re truly brilliant.

Pachy's avatar

Absolutely, especially on Friday nights. But just the opposite on Sunday afternoons and on my birthday.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Yes…I’m thinking of moving to Chicago

tups's avatar

Yes, very often.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Do it all the time!
(Ipod Touch + headphones = FREEDOM)

Seriously. I don’t have to go anywhere…
...I just need to change my mind about where I am.

marinelife's avatar


Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yeah, sometimes you just want to say F*** it and go live in a cave in the hills. Just in a warmer climate than the Northeast US.

Aethelwine's avatar

Not since I moved 2 years ago to a farm outside of a town with less than 400 residents. I’m almost always away from everyone and everything now. It’s nice. I’m not much of a people person.

I do think everyone needs a change in their daily routine now and then. Maybe this is why I like to move the furniture around in the house every few months.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, this is why I live on a private 5 acre property in the hills. I am an extrovert but my balance is very balanced these days. I call myself the extroverted hermit. If I have a crazy few days or a week I then want an equal amount of defrag time alone in my zone.

AshLeigh's avatar

More often than not.

gondwanalon's avatar

I feel like I have to get away from it all every day after work. I give everything to my work. I have to in order to survive. I feel like those little animals from that old movie “The Dark Crystal” that have their vital essence drained from them. My home is my sanctuary where I take no phone calls not screened by my wife. My wife and my cats and my daily intense physical exercises give me my energy back to fight yet another day at work.

bookish1's avatar

I’m an introvert, so yes. But my work is very solitary so more often I feel the need to commune. I am the inverse of @Coloma, an extroverted introvert.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Constantly. I feel almost exactly like Coloma stated.

Coloma's avatar

@bookish1 Haha…yes, actually my ENTP personality type is known as the most introverted of the extroverts. Not much middle ground for me, I am either the life of the party or completely sequestered in checkout mode.
For years whenever I got quiet at some sort of social gathering people would be hovering around asking me if I was okay.

When the extrovert goes quiet the others just don’t know what the hell to do!
Damn….must I always be the leader of the parade? lol

Akua's avatar

Ifeel this way all the time. Daily. Hourly.

burntbonez's avatar

Not so much. But then, I’m alone almost all the time I’m not at work. I don’t mind being alone, but I don’t feel a need to seek it out.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Pretty much often. I call it sleeping over at my best friend’s house. Just did last night.

cookieman's avatar

^^ Oooh… gender-non-conforming, sexy-hot, intelligent-feminist, slumber party!!

tranquilsea's avatar

I’m an introvert so I need time to myself every day. That can be hard with 3 children and a head injured sister.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@cookieman Basically exactly like that – we couldn’t do much of the sexy since he put in his whitening strips but you know, next time, lol

cookieman's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir: I hear there’s a video – “Brains Gone Wild” ?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@cookieman Ha, especially since we watched Battle Royale

YARNLADY's avatar

Reading through the comments above, I must spend too much time alone. I often feel just the opposite, I wish I could get together with everyone instead of sitting around by myself all the time.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@YARNLADY The grass is always greener….so they say. Are you in the US?

YARNLADY's avatar

@KNOWITALL I live in California. I have two adult grandsons living in my house, but they don’t often socialize with me, and my husband is working on a special project that keeps him at work 12 or more hours a day.

My favorite time is weekends, because my two youngest grandsons are here from Friday night to Sunday night. I guess I’m just feeling bad since they had to skip the past weekend because I was sick. I’m better now, and really looking forward to Friday.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@YARNLADY I don’t get it, but then I’ve always hung out with older people since I was an only child. I find most people my age or younger super annoying and narcissistic- lol

Mariah's avatar

It’s funny, I was a hardcore introvert in high school. Felt like I would always prefer doing something interesting on my own over hanging out with people. But not so much these days. I like to spend most of my free time with people. I still have no problem staying happy and entertained when I’m alone, but I’m definitely more of a social creature now.

Even so, I think I will always want the hour or so before bed to myself. That’s my wind-down time, and I really need that in order to sleep properly.

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