We’ve all had those days (weeks, months, or even your yeeeeear… Is it just me or does the Friends theme song get more and more relatable with each passing year?) where the world is just a little bit too much. Too loud. Too fast. Too demanding. Just too…too, you know? There are times when life can seem to constantly ricochet from one crisis to the next, and there are some days where all you can do is dig in and hold on until your fingernails bleed. In these chaotic episodes (because they are just episodes and this too shall pass) when you’re giving the world everything you’ve got (and somehow it’s still not satisfied), it’s absolutely crucial to find time to step back, disconnect, clear your head, and breathe. It can be a hour spent reading a book, a little stroll at your local park, an afternoon getting lost in your favorite museum, or just a day spent binge watching your favorite show on Netflix. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you spend a little sliver of time unplugged from the thing that’s threatening to suffocate you and swallow you whole.
My favorite form of escapism is jumping in my car and just driving. Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter for how long- just as long as there’s some open road and some time to think. One of the wonderful things about living in St. Louis is that it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from three other major cities: Kansas City, Memphis, and Chicago (it’s my kind of town). So, a change of scenery (and the cure for your wanderlust) is only a short, five hour road trip away.
For me, there’s something incredibly freeing and soothing about a little urban exploration. Maybe it’s because the chaos has nothing to do with me. Maybe it takes some extra large buildings to remind me how small everything really is. Or maybe it’s because I spend so much time trying not to get lost, that I figure out just where I am.
So my advice to you is this: Spend a day, spend a whole weekend- just make sure you spend some time for you. Trust me, your soul will thank you. To quote my favorite movie about another day spent roaming the streets of Chi-Town:
[photos by Seth]