In my youth, I craved the "puppy pile" of a large group of friends, like you see in so many television shows and movies (Beverly Hills 90210 anyone?) but I only ever had one or two really good friendships as a time. As I grew older, I realized that this is really the "norm". As the wisdom of age crept upon me, I also noticed something else about myself. While I love a good party or gathering, after a time period, I need to get away... escape... to someplace quiet. I very easily get overstimulated and that makes me very tense.
I first realized this when I spent a day with my "new" boyfriend (my now husband) and his three kids, a friend or three, at a park. After a lot of fun, a cook out, a ton of conversation, games and swinging, I began to feel ... "off". We got back to the apartment and I remember my boyfriend (husband) ask me if I was alright. I really wasn't. I needed to escape. I needed space. I couldn't breathe. My skin was sensitive, even. I told him I needed to go lay down for a while and went into the bedroom and shut the door.
The change in tension level was practically palpable! The quiet of the bedroom, even though I could still hear the chatter and activity in the other part of the apartment, was like a cool cloth on a hot forehead. But I felt guilty. I should be able to handle three kids and friends and fun, right?
As I said, with age comes wisdom, and I now know that I can handle "togetherness" in doses, but it must be balanced with equal (or more) doses of alone time. Otherwise, I really have very high tension and stress!
Are you someone who loves the company of others or craves time alone? Is your perfect everyday escape sitting with a hot beverage and reading a book, or being with friends in a quiet conversation? Dancing the night away or getting into nature? If you’re partnered, do you have similar ‘escape’ styles? If not, how do you handle that?
Please create a layout about your favorite alone time. What is it that you do to escape? From work? From family? From friends?
Here's your design twist: Use the windows from the kit (or create a window if you don't have the Escape kit). Are you the type of person who wants to look out and dream for an escape?
I look forward to seeing your creative twist to this challenge. Please share it with us here by posting a link in our comments or join us in the community and post it in our gallery!
Now... time for me to have a little alone time...