It’s true – I recently ran away from home. I don’t know if you are like me but there have been times in my life – usually stressful or overwhelming times – where I just want to bolt! Sometimes for a day and sometimes I have this whole alternate fantasy life of living somewhere else…
August was an emotionally charged month – I got married, my son left for college – and a few other things were going on that I can’t really throw out into the blogosphere.
I didn’t think it would be easy to send my son off to college but I didn’t think it would hit me as hard as it did. Again – I think it’s the whole combination of things happening that simply became too much. There was little room in my head for creativity and I could (and did) cry at the drop of a dime.
My thoughts, once again, turned to escape. Maybe if I just had a change of scenery, I could reboot and get out of this tear-filled funk. I thought of going to the coast but didn’t want to drive there and back right before or during a holiday weekend. I decided to play with Priceline. I thought – maybe I could just run away to Portland and play tourist…
I looked at some downtown hotel rates and didn’t really want to pay that much. So I decided to try the ‘make an offer” – where you say what you will pay in a particular area, for a particular rated hotel and if one agrees, it’s yours – no changing your mind. I thought, “Well, the universe (or Priceline) can decide if I’m meant to run away”. They said the average price of a four star hotel was $190 so I offered $85… and guess what?
I ran away to Portland.
One thing I didn’t count on was the hotel charging $28 to park. I didn’t really want to add that to my escape budget so I looked into alternative methods of transportation. The bus stops 1/2 mile from my new house and is a straight shot to the middle of downtown – in only 38 minutes! I’ve ridden MAX a lot – Portland’s light rail system – but never the bus. I grabbed my $2.40 in exact change, my backpack and purse and walked out the door like a giddy child. This made it that much more of an adventure!
It was a beautiful sunny day in the mid-70s as I headed into the city. I checked into a very cool hotel (Portland DeLuxe), checked in and headed out on foot. I wandered around the shops in Northwest with no real destination. I had dinner. I wandered back and read The Hunger Games from cover to cover. I slept like a log.
Guess what? I haven’t cried since. I have creative ideas again. I feel like a brand new person!
Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary to keep yourself and your creativity in balance. I had the complete support and understanding of my new husband to do whatever I felt I needed to do to get back to my normal happy self.
I’m so glad I ran away… because now I’ve found my way back to myself.
I highly recommend a change of scenery – even if it’s just a walk around the block – if you ever feel stuck – be it emotionally, creatively, or both. And if you decide to run away over night – know that it’s been done before and done a world of good!
Now I have to stop typing and start creating!
Here’s to your creative success!
– Tara Reed