Your Words Are My Escape

There is a person that can take me away, paint an image in my head for me to get lost in, and a person that can help me escape reality for a bit.

Who is this person, you might ask? That person is…YOU!

There are a few ways that we can get lost in another world. One that can take us away from our daily lives and routines so that we can unwind and relax for a bit. Reading, writing, art, and watching TV come to mind instantly.

Reading Your Work

I spend a lot of time enjoying the work of others. I love to read what other people have experienced, and what they have learned in life, and I love lighthearted reads as well. I enjoy learning about other people and learning about their deepest thoughts and feelings.

I find it amazing how we can all come together as a writing community and learn so much from each other. The support that it offers is amazing. It is a huge blessing to be able to share your thoughts with the world and to have that reciprocated by others doing the same.

Thank You

I want to say thank you to those who have written about their lives to help and inspire me, those that have shared their beautiful and heartfelt poetry, and the writers that have shared their traveling experiences that let me venture along with you! I want to say thank you to those who shared their delicious recipes, who shared family memories, and traditions that made me smile and reminisce.

A big thank you to those who help me realize that we are all works of progress and that I am not alone, the ones that bring humor to remind me to laugh and not take life so seriously. The lovely writers who are also photographers who take breathtaking photos to share with the world!

There is so much talent within this community. You all have helped shape me as a person and as a writer. I enjoy all of your talented work and I appreciate how you let me escape reality for a bit each and every day! You are making a difference!


Sitting Stationary

I was having a conversation the other day with one of my long-time friends. We were catching up and seeing how each other was doing. She let me know that she was stressed at work and felt that her job was overwhelming, and her relationship was nothing that she desired it to be.

I’d like to think of myself as a really good friend. I am loyal as anything, and I have a lot of love to give. I enjoy helping other people and being there for them with a listening ear or helping hand. I listened to her intently and offered my sincere support and advice when asked. There is one thing that I suggested, it was not meant to be harsh, but to be helpful and get her out of sitting stationary.

What if I were to tell you that I have had this conversation more times than I can count with this particular friend? What if I were to tell you that she has had this job for several years and talks about wanting to leave regularly? What if I were to inform you that the relationship that she is in has been around for many, many years?

I never tire of listening to others, everyone has a right to say what they are feeling and to be heard and understood and no matter how many times we have had this conversation, I will still always be there for the people that I love. I made a particular suggestion to this friend that has reminded me of a few things.

First, let me tell you what I suggested to her. I let my friend know that these subjects are something that she has talked about often and that for her to feel happiness and peace, she will need to make a change. Is change scary? Yes, it certainly is, but so necessary if we want our lives to become all that we want them to be.

Anytime that we are unhappy with certain aspects of our lives, or just unhappy in general, a change is needing to be made. If we feel like our relationship has gone south, we must take the necessary steps to communicate and try to repair it if at all possible, if our job is causing us more harm than good, then we need to find a way to either manage the stress or move on to another position that better suites us.

Sometimes we are afraid when we try to implement change. We don’t know what the outcome will be, we don’t know if the change is what we truly want, and we also have trouble thinking of what sort of sacrifices we must make to make our dream a reality.

Venting your feelings is one thing and it is a necessary thing, however, putting action towards those things is an even bigger step. I let my friend know that as hard as it may be and as many sacrifices that may have to be made, if she desired true happiness and freedom from these two things weighing her down, she needed to do something about it.

We have one life to live and one chance to make it everything that we have ever hoped for. We have one life to seek and obtain our goals, and to strive for happiness and balance. Anything that you desire will take a lot of effort on your part, but the result will be so worth it.

It’s hard feeling stuck in life, I’ve been there so many times, but it’s equally as hard not feeling like you can do anything about it. You have the power to change your life and to stop feeling like life is stationary, there’s no better time than now, start today!

My Cup of Tea: Reality TV

I know what a lot of you may be thinking but bear with me. Reality TV does not have the best reputation. It is known for being anything but real, but this is one of my favorite types of television shows, and the reasons why might surprise you.

I don’t get to watch much TV these days, it used to be a way that I would unwind after a very long day, but lately, life has been too busy, and I only get to watch TV shows a few times a week. I am open to all kinds of TV shows, but my absolute favorites are reality, documentaries, and comedies.

Reality television is truly a guilty pleasure of mine. Many people will tell you that these types of shows are staged and scripted and while some of that may be true, I do believe that a lot of reality shows have at least some unscripted scenes because the emotions are well beyond what any actress or actor that I have seen can imitate.

I know that reality TV isn’t the greatest and most positive influence, but I am hooked on it, nonetheless. I have always been a very deep observer; I take in my surroundings and the people in them. I have a very Psychology-driven mind where I am very curious about the behavior of others and why people’s minds work the way that they do. Reality TV allows me to observe the behavior of others in a natural setting versus movies and soap operas.

I enjoy seeing raw and honest communication between people. I like to feel and see deep emotions in others and see what is beyond the surface level. I thrive on picking up communication skills as I watch what works and doesn’t work for the cast members of my favorite reality shows.

We can learn so much from sitting back and observing the behavior of others and we can apply what we have learned to our own lives. Watching true-life situations unfold is a huge learning experience for us. One can observe how a certain situation or conversation unfolds. Not only are we able to recognize what is verbally said, but also the nonverbal communication that is present. This is the body language, tone of voice, eye contact, and facial expressions to name a few.

Watching any sort of TV is a great way to relax and unwind, I would choose a reality show over a scripted show any day. I enjoy thinking that I am watching something true and something that happened. Knowing that a show is staged takes away a lot of the joy in my opinion. It is nice to see other people going through life, seeing others in situations that we have been in helps us feel less alone, it helps us see that even though we may all be from different walks of life, we are all the same inside.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been deeply fascinated by human behavior and the human mind. This hasn’t changed a bit today; in fact, it has only become an even bigger interest of mine. I am not quite sure how I became so interested in this, but I suppose it’s because human behavior is very complex, no two people are the same. I find it fascinating how are all live such very different lives and see life in many ways, yet we all belong to the human race!