What Is Your Escape?

I’ve been busy building up my TBR (To Be Read) list for the months to come. I have about ten books sitting on my Kindle Fire waiting to dive into, mostly penned by independent authors who I’ve discovered via the #writingcommunity on Twitter. I’ve also found myself returning to my first love, fantasy fiction, perhaps in an effort to escape the not so pleasant experience that is life in the here and now.

It’s important we remain aware of what’s going on in the world, for otherwise we are leaving ourselves exposed and vulnerable to the many dangers currently facing us. And I’m certainly not one to stick my head in the sand and remain uneducated as to the facts of what is happening out there. But we all need a bit of escapism at the minute, be it reading books, playing games or starting Christmas a month early.

My escape and means of stress busting is books. I have always retreated into them during times of personal stress and crisis. I don’t have a massive amount of time to read but I make a point of turning a few pages every day. This probably explains why my TBR list keeps growing. I’m always adding to my collection even though I’m not quite sure when I’ll get round to reading them all. I doubt I will ever get to the bottom of the pile but it’s reassuring, all the same, to know they are waiting for me.

Which brings me to the point of today’s post. What is your escape? What do you look forward to at the end of a tough day? It could be reading, like me, or possibly a tad more exiting. Throwing yourself off a tall building or jumping out of an aeroplane? We are all different and all have different ways of letting out steam. Feel free to share your experiences below. Who knows, maybe you will inspire someone else to take up your passionate pursuit.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

37 thoughts on “What Is Your Escape?

  1. Reading is a great escape and possibly one of the only ones left available to us in the current climate. My TBR list is rather long at the moment but A New Jerusalem is next on my list. Looking forward to it. 😊

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  2. I think most of us read …to escape the REALITY. I read …at the end of the day for the same reason. And don’t worry, nobody’s life is THAT fun…I don’t train to be an assassin or even make plans to save the world …or tame a dragon in my free time😂. I read books, blog and play guitar.😊 Happy reading! Have a nice day!

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  3. Stephen, Reading is a big one for me as well. There is this urban fantasy series I’m devouring having to do with a Kirkwood Scott character, you should look him up!
    I generally have 2-3 books going at once, with one of those set aside for strictly enjoyment purposes.
    I am also a proponent of quiet times of prayer. Many times if I step aside the busyness and demands of the day, even for a brief moment of prayer, my heart will feel lighter and the way look brighter.
    Blessings to you and the entire Black clan,

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  4. Gaming. I know Im 50 years old, LOL. There is something about firing up a video game and immersing yourself into the fantasy world for an hour or two that is very appealing. I read too, but gaming is visual and there are some really awesome games out there. Your overall point is excellent though. Escapism is absolutely necessary as long as you are still anchored in reality.

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  5. Also reading. Yes, it’s annoying trying to find a podcast that doesn’t involve mention of politics or the virus. Little doses of the news is important to be informed but yes I agree with a 24 hour news cycle the media would like to l
    Keep it in our face constantly thus skyrocketing anxiety. Enter a good book. In my case much classical literature. Turn on the low lamp, smuggle with warm blanket and crawl inside that paperwhite kindle. I have also gotten back into playing guitar a minimum of 2 hours a night, attempting to advance which involves such absorbed focus that I would easily classify it as a healthy escape. Prior to this good healthy realm I finally managed to tap into, my escape was a whole lot of beer and loud music in my living room. Ha!

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  6. I have one book left in my current stack of escapist novels (mystery is my go-to genre!) and I almost panicked at the thought of what I would read next – but of course- it’s time to get to know Kirkwood!! It takes me forever however to get through pleasure books because I have so much “required” reading to do on a daily basis. My first choice of escape is a walk in the field, forest, or mountains with my Brittany, Ember. He always manages to bring me closer to nature than I can do on my own – whether it is the pheasants he flushes, his sheer bliss evident in his whole body at running free through tall grass, the hyper-vigilance of skunk awareness we must practice, or the quiet hush that comes with snowfall. When it is just the two of us with no podcast intruding or walking phone conversation to focus on – I come back so refreshed, my spirit at once alive and rested. I have been sorely missing our morning and evening ventures thanks to my fractured foot – but my stack of books TBR has grown considerably smaller! Here’s to that special joy of finding peace and passion. What a gift it is when we can experience it!

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