Running Away: Is Travel a Form of Escape?
What are you running away from?
This is the question I am regularly asked when I talk about my travels. My reply has always been nothing, I just enjoy travelling. I love my home but I just want to see more of the world.
But on a more recent trip, it occurred to me that maybe they are right. Maybe I am running away and perhaps I need to be more honest about this.
So here is the truth and my reason for going on so many trips. Why I am never here for your short noticed get together or why you have to ask . . . Are you in this country on X date?
I am running away.
I am running away as far as I can from having a sheltered view on the world. Also, I am running from having the closed view of what life should be, and from being narrow minded. I am running free to explore the world, which helps me to see how things are done in other countries so I can learn more and improve myself. I am running to meet more people. I want to know the best possible me.
I want to broaden my mind and learn new things. I’m running from me being told how life should be. I want to be free to work that out for myself.
So in future, when I’m asked “what are you running from?”
My honest reply is going to be . . . “perhaps from being like you!”
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