Where do you go or what do you do to escape from the world and recharge? What creative activities remind you of who you are and what is important to you?
In one of my favorite poems, Warsan Shire tells me that you can’t make homes out of human beings. I haven’t quite figured out how to listen. I make the world go away by retreating into my relationships. The rest of the world doesn’t exist when I’m skyping with CC or on the phone with JA or KS. I literally don’t bring my computer to JJ’s place most days, and often realize I haven’t checked my phone in 14+ hours when I’m there. I recharge by spending quality time with the people I love.
When I feel like I need to escape, the ocean (well, water generally, but preferably the ocean) and the stars are my two favorite retreats. They both give me the same feeling, that they are so big and I am SO SMALL that whatever has me feeling this way literally cannot be a big deal. My problems are infinitesimal. The water and the stars help me put my life into perspective when everything feels overblown.
I also actively try to not let my world be overrun by things I want to escape from. The blogs and websites I follow generally post content that makes me feel good about myself and my world, or at the very least show responses to the fuckshit that make me feel less hopeless. Safe spaces are cool — everyone should invest in at least one.
Writing is the number one creative activity that reminds me of who I am and what I value. That being said, this space cannot reasonably be left off of my list of personal retreats. I also really enjoy painting, though it’s not a thing I have extensive experience in. I want to try to make making art a thing I do semi-regularly; it’s another activity that makes the rest of the world just melt away. I like making things that are either beautiful or delicious, and I like the fullness of my attention that those acts of creation demand.