Let’s run away #FridayReflections

As a child, the thought of running away from home would occur after reading some fantastic mysteries by Enid Blyton or else, if I was in a tantrum-y mood. Then as a teenager, every time I didn’t get along with my parents or sister or grandmother, or the times I thought life was just so unfair, I would fantasise about running away some place where I could be happier. Where were these mystical, magical places? I have no idea.

Now as an adult — independent and supposedly, free — I still yearn to run away. In the past twelve to eighteen months in particular, I have had this urge on and off. There’s a huge part of me that wants to run away with the cats to somewhere new. Somewhere I can start afresh. As if all the problems I’m currently having will magically disappear. Rationally, I know of course, running away isn’t the answer. But honestly, a change like that would probably be good for me. Or perhaps, just unravel me completely! 😛

I don’t have lofty dreams of where I’d run away to. I don’t want to go to Paris or New York or Rome or India. I don’t think I need to do that to find my old self again. Or bring back that writing mojo. I have simple dreams. Somewhere near the coast. Because water is what soothes me. I dream of running away possibly down the south coast of New South Wales, though lately, I’ve been looking for any jobs anywhere near a coastal area — right from Cairns and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to the Ballina-Byron in the north of New South Wales and of course, my favourite, Jervis Bay and the south coast.

Running away to a quieter place, somewhere by the sea would mean so much to me. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Away from the rat race. Away from chasing my tail. Still working as a psychologist with children and teens, but also giving time to my writing and things I love. Exercise, bushwalking, photography, reading, drinking coffee, sleeping. Running away might give me a work-life balance that I’ve been craving for. It would mean a lot of changes of course, given that I’ve always been a city girl. But maybe I’m changing. I know I’ve blogged about this sea change before and it hasn’t stopped gnawing at me. I am scared because let’s face it, being in a stable unit does have its security. But at the same time, I wonder if this security is stifling.

To be fair, I love the area I live in. It’s possibly the best place in Sydney {yes, I’m biased}. It’s still close enough to the water. I think if I worked here too, all would be well and I wouldn’t feel that urge to run away.

Then again, who knows?

Where would you run away to? 

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1. S/He is the wind beneath my wings.
2. If you could run away, where would you go?
3. Five people you would take if you were stranded on a deserted island
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  • Vinay Leo R.
    3 June 2016 at 12:19 am

    I’d run away to somewhere cool, away from the sultry summer that’s going on here. It’s something I’ve been contemplating actually. 🙂 Manchester might have been an option, but it’s off season. 😀

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 June 2016 at 7:26 am

      Lol…England would be way to dreary for me with the cold and rain. But yes, a football game there would be awesome.

  • Bellybytes
    3 June 2016 at 12:52 am

    I already live by the sea but frankly I’d not run away anywhere. I’m quite happy where I am. If I really wanted to get away from it all, I’d just hide under the bed ….. No one will ever look for me there!
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  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    3 June 2016 at 1:27 am

    If I were to run away, I’d go to some place where there are too many libraries and too many cake shops. London, perhaps?

  • Parul
    3 June 2016 at 2:26 am

    Reading your post. made me think of my childhood days. I also used to think of running away from teachers, parents, brother and what not. And I used to imagine how it would be if I ever ran away. Even today, I think the same. Maybe somewhere near Himalayas? I love mountains and there is a magical thing in those snow-capped peaks and green fields.
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  • Vanessa
    3 June 2016 at 7:22 am

    I love where I live but I wish I could work from home or locally. The commute kills me. You’d probably like my area, actually! Beach, mountains nearby…
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      3 June 2016 at 7:23 am

      It’s similar with me…I love where I live but hate commuting for work! If I could find a job locally, I think I’d feel less restless

  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    3 June 2016 at 7:44 am

    As a teen, I had so many plans to run away, live in the bush and any number of other ridiculous notions that I never went through with! Now, I’d love to move away but I can’t yet- one day!

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    3 June 2016 at 7:48 am

    I have had a similar urge! I want to run away too. I want to be free like a gypsy, travelling around taking photographs and blogging. Staying on if I like a place, moving on when I’ve had enough and ready to discover somewhere new. Ahhh wouldn’t it be nice! 😉 xo
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    3 June 2016 at 9:02 am

    I’d love a sea change like you – I’m a cancerian – so I think I’m made to live near the ocean! Although I do live quite close to the harbour, so I guess that kind of counts. While a sea change isn’t on the cards in the near future, I find that frequent mini breaks satiates my need to flee to the sea!

  • Tory
    3 June 2016 at 9:17 am

    I have this urge all the time. I want to run away to somewhere like a rainforest and live under the trees.
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  • Leanne
    3 June 2016 at 1:24 pm

    When my kids were little and my husband had depression I used to dream of the perfect little home I could make where I wouldn’t have to live with all the stress. But running away doesn’t solve the problems and it’s really just taking the easy way out – sticking it out and seeing things through and creating a life we don’t need to run away from is probably the best solution. It worked for me (but there are still those times where that little secluded home away from it all sings its siren song!)
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  • Deborah
    3 June 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I ran away to the park at the end of my street a few times growing up. Though from memory I usually took golliwog biscuits with me.

    I guess my seachange was a bit like running away. I was at a bit of a crossroads and (after 20-25yrs of working) finally had a chance to stop and ponder life.
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  • sue
    3 June 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Sanch I know exactly what you mean. We live in Brisbane and I love running away to our apartment on the Gold Coast. I love being near the ocean as it soothes me. There is nothing wrong with wanting to run away and chase your dreams! #FridayReflections
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  • Lata Sunil
    3 June 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Umm.. it is the most difficult thing to do, running away. Leaving everything familiar and starting on a clean slate. But, what if it is the same all over again? Will you run away again? This ‘running away’ needs sorting in the head, not in the place. Once it is sorted, do relocate if you like.
    As for me, I would love to run away to a cooler place. This Mumbai heat is making me sweat buckets.

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    3 June 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I know the feeling, because I’ve been in a similar situation, Sanch. I hope whatever decision you take brings you contentment.

  • Dashy
    3 June 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I’d like to run away sure, but never thought of where to. The best I can think of is the quiet of my terrace at night. I often do that yes, and the night breeze is simply cathartic. Other than this, I’d like to run away and dive into a pool, float in the soothing water backwards and stare up at the sky. Aah that peace!
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  • JF Gibson
    3 June 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I have the feeling of wanting to run away a lot. Not that I want to, not permanently, more for a break, peace and quiet. I think that’s why I love to write, I get to run away to another place and time with my characters.
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  • Alicia
    3 June 2016 at 11:18 pm

    A change is as good as a holiday. You never know if this is one of those things that you will regret NOT doing when you get old and grey. wishing you all the best in working out what to do xx I love being close to the sea, I could not want to be anywhere else 🙂
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  • Lovey
    4 June 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Agree with you Sanch. Sometimes you just want to run away and find solace in a place you have been looking for.
    I do feel like run away to an unknown place though with my Books as a company 🙂

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    5 June 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I love Jervis Bay, I can totally see why you would want to be there. I felt the same when we spent January in Tasmania, I pictured moving there opening a little gallery where we could sell our original prints and serve coffee and homemade baked goods. The kids could go to a little school and we would love close to the water. But like hubby said, when on holidays it is a fantasy life, and the realities would just be as stressful wherever we move. Sometimes the pressure financially of private school makes me feel overwhelmed but I love my kids school and they have amazing friends and so do we. I guess I imagine moving once the kids finish school, for now this is where we need to be. I think in many ways the grass is always greener elsewhere isn’t it? I would love to catch up with you one day, so if you ever escape to Melbourne for a getaway we must catch up xx Enjoy your cats and thanks for hosting #FridayReflections
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  • Grace
    7 June 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Ah, where would I run away to??? I have 2 places. I would either find myself a little loft in Greenwich Village in New York City and write my novel or go to Ubud, Bali and write there.
    I remember reading your post about where you live – I love it there (My husband grew up in that area so we head out that way often).
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