Sunset by the xx is playing in the background and I'm on my third cup of coffee. I feel that oh-so-familiar feeling of wanting to escape from reality. It's a coping mechanism for my anxiety & it happens sometimes. I don't impulsively react to that emotion by drinking. No, not anymore. Instead, right now, I'm daydreaming about places I would rather be.
...Laying under the stars next to a crackling fire.
...Getting lost in San Francisco with my best friend.
...Soaking in the hot tub in my Mimi's foresty Maryland backyard.
...Hiking in Costa Rica.
...Looking out the window from 33,000 feet in the sky.
While daydreaming is by all means, "normal"...it's not always healthy. Sure, it's a better alternative than getting off on extacy, but do I really want to waste the precious time I have wishing I was jumping out of an airplane? This year, I would like to practice embracing the present, rather than distracting myself from it. Right here, right now, I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, daydreaming isn't all bad. In fact, I think that it can be extremely beneficial when it comes to expressing creativity. Therefore, instead of sitting around wishing I was someplace else, I could use those dreamy desires in a productive way: painting, writing, designing, planning.
Other healthy alternatives for the escapist like me include:
...Dancing in my underwear like no one is watching.
...Hiking with a friend.
...Hitting up a meeting.
...Going to the movies.
...Having a Girls premiere party with plenty of sparkling cider.
There will always be a part of me that fantasizes about intangible places, but just like that ice cream you bought last night...everything in moderation.