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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Escaping Reality

In this season of life, I have become keenly aware of my faults and shortcomings. In doing so, I have learned to accept my imperfections while trying to improve upon them as I go. I have found this to be both challenging and rewarding.

Knowing oneself or becoming self-aware is paramount to any type of self-improvement. This requires focus and clarity, none of which was a part of my life early on.

In fact, my teenage and young adult years were spent with the intention of “escaping reality”. This was because my reality was one, I wanted to escape.

I believe this is true for many who find themselves in situations and circumstances where they are exposed to people and things of this world which will help you, allow you and encourage you to escape.

It sounds and seems reasonable, doesn’t it? The truth is, “escaping reality” is never reasonable even when it feels like the best option.

The ease with which we can escape makes it even more enticing and attractive to someone who is struggling with the reality of their life’s circumstances. This was precisely what occurred for me growing up.

I was introduced to a world where my reality could be altered by a variety of means and I chose those means with conviction and intensity. “Escaping reality” was not only a goal for me, but it was also crucial to my own well-being or so I thought at the time.

Over time, I have learned “escaping reality” was not beneficial. In fact, it was detrimental to my life and the lives of those around me.

Because I know this is true, now I spend all my time embracing reality. Interestingly, I do so with as much intention as before, but now my goal is to understand the reality of my life’s circumstances as I seek to improve them along the way.

This change has been monumental for me and can be for anyone finding themselves in a similar situation.

“Escaping reality” led me into a slow drain while embracing reality has my life trending upward. It is interesting to be able to say this as I continue to age because it seems many in the same season of life have settled into life as a means of “escaping reality”.

To counter this, I have decided to make the most of every moment I have left.

I am going to love my Lord, my wife, my children, my friends, and co-workers like they are all they matter to me. I am going to embrace reality by seeing it and seizing it like today could be my last.

The crossroads for each of us comes somewhere between “escaping reality” and embracing it.

The question I would like you to ponder is a simple one. Are you trying to escape or embrace your reality? If you don’t know, all you must do is look around and your life will provide you with the answer.

My reality has become one of faith, hope and trust and I am going to embrace it until my time on this earth is through!

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

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