Escape! By All Means, Escape!!


man dancing wildly




Mindless escape, heck any escape from the stress inherent in daily living has really gotten a bad rep.


Personally, I am a giant fan of escaping and have been all my life. Movie theaters saved my life as a young child, they provided a breather from parents who drank and argued too much. Every Saturday,  I climbed into those seats and left it all behind.


We live and work in the most productive country in the world. Proud to be an American, yes? But there are consequences, our deal with the Devil. We suffer from the highest level of stress, experience more coronaries on Monday mornings, have the highest suicide rate and have less vacation/holiday time than any other developed country. Not so proud of that part.


People pride themselves in not doing “mindless” things. Even our recreation seems to be performance-driven for many. How hot does a room need to be to do yoga?  And how many of us have seen people actually recoil when admitting we watched “The Bachelor” or “So You Think You Can Dance”? The look that says, “I thought you were better than that!” 


Here’s what I believe…we all need mindlessness. Some can get it with Mindfulness (Meditation), but there are a thousand ways to escape and allow that VERY bright, busy, productive mind of yours to rest, for God’s sake. It needs to rest.


Here are some of my favorites…

1. Watching “The Bachelor” Yep, I’m copping to it.

2. Going to a matinee to see a chick flick, animated movie, or one with Hugh Grant in it and who cares about reviews! Matinees make you feel like you are playing hooky!

3. Dancing wildly in my living room to a little bit of Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips”

4. Reading People magazine

5. Climbing on the back of a good friend’s motorcycle

What are some of yours? It’s OK, tell me. Nobody’s listening…Let’s start a”Mindless” Movement!

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