A friend of mine named Tom wrote an interesting post on his blog recently. He’s a bit of an addict when it comes to traveling. Or, more accurately, wandering. He really loves the open road. After a nearly year-long adventure running all over the country, he settled down not long ago in Charlotte to start the next chapter of his life.
Except he’s struggling with the “settled down” part.
Now he’s off on another adventure, to get the fix of his particular drug of choice, in the hopes of finding some peace amidst the difficulty. For his first adventure, he used the hashtag #RunningTo. This time, though, he makes no excuses about using the hashtag #RunningAway.
Reading about his running away made me terribly sad. Here was someone fully admitting that they didn’t want to deal with the challenge in front of them so they were fleeing to the safety of something easier and less stressful. Of course we do this all the time in today’s world, but rarely do we admit to it. There’s something extra devastating about being conscious of it and doing it anyway.
Then I started thinking a little deeper about it. A good thing, but sometimes painful.
If you scroll to the top of this website, you’ll see a yellow-covered book that’s currently labeled with a sticker saying “Coming Soon.” The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp is a project I started last year, but only really worked on earnestly after reading books in early 2015 by Adam Stuck and Tom himself actually. First time authors who were shooting for their long time dreams. They inspired me to stop shuffling my feet and get to work.
I realized, after reading Tom’s #RunningAway post, I haven’t been working lately.
I’ve made a good show of it, of course. I’ve shuffled papers around on my desk like a pro, and found a thousand excuses for what’s stopping me from finishing my first book. We have family visiting from another country, you see, and that’s taking a lot of our time and energy. I’m trying to get rid of all the clutter in this house from our recent move, too. I’ve been writing other books, still in the early/exciting stages, so that’s something. Those episodes of Gravity Falls on our DVR aren’t going to watch themselves, either.
I’ve been #RunningAway for a while now.
I’m extremely grateful to Tom for once again being so open and honest in his writing. His post was a catalyst for me to look at myself. While shaking my head sadly and horrifically judging him, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Tom was aware enough to know he was running away. I was stuck being delusional.
I think so often we run from things without even realizing we’re running. We’ve made a society out of distracting ourselves from bigger things. It’s so effortless now. It’s never been easier, in all human history, to run away. To find an excuse.
Tom gave me a gift while #RunningAway. I hope to pass on that gift while I deal with my own running. As for you? Well, there’s no time like the present to take a long, hard look at life. You never know what you’ll find. It can be painful, but trust me, it’s worth it.