“When life becomes too much, escape for a bit rather than fuss.” -DP
As I sat back thinking of all of the tasks that I had to complete this week, the idea for this post popped into my head. This I believe comes at a very important and busy time for most college students like myself, the end of the semester or in other words, Finals Season. This also applies to anyone who has a lot on their plate at a given time.
There are many times when we are faced with so many things at once that we feel as though we can’t function. I know for myself personally, this happens a lot. I have such high aspirations for myself that at times I take on more work than necessary, and this can be very overwhelming for me. Luckily I found out what my Escape was a long time ago, and that is basketball.
Whenever I get on the basketball court, I feel like everything else has been temporarily erased from my mind. It’s the only time when I feel like I don’t have a million things to do and I can just focus on one thing (making the pass, making the shot, or just winning the game). Ever since I was a kid whenever anything was bothering me, I would just grab my basketball and head to the park. Since getting to college it hasn’t been that easy to find the time to just drop everything and head to the gym, but it is so important because after every hoop session I feel much better mentally and better able to handle whatever tasks I had at hand. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play on men’s club basketball team at Georgetown which forces me to make time for this self-care (1 or 2 days a week for practice).
I know you all probably have a lot going on too and my advice to you on how to deal with it is, Find Your Escape. Deep down you probably already know what is, and it is important that you make time for it. Your escape should be something that helps you heal from the little pains of life (example basketball clearing my head) and not make you numb from it all together.
Everyone’s different so that would mean that most escapes are different too, but don’t stop until you find yours. For some it’s reading, for some, it’s talking to a special person, for some it’s writing, and for some, it’s working out etc.
Find Your Escape, and make time for it!