Escapism; What are your hobbies?

keenan (@keenz) 10 years, 9 months ago

Escapism – habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine.
Recently, I have been exploring how I escape reality. I think it is very interesting how our minds need to divert from reality. I don’t see why since reality is all that is _real._
Thoughts?

April 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Andy (28) (@andy) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

videogames, preferably really deep roleplaying games like Assassin’s Creed and Oblivion. Can’t wait for Skyrim!

and TED talks haha

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daveb (119) (@daveb) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

sorry if this is a bit off-topic since it’s not pure imagination, but my escapism is fishing. and I don’t mean a bunch of guys and a 12-pack. I get into a really tranquil, thoughtless state. just me and a stream and some birds in the trees or me and a sunrise on a foggy lake (and some birds). it’s my “me time” and I am definitely not thinking about anything about reality or my routine . . .

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Chelsea (2) (@cambria) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

what is reality..
Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be..

@ keenan
after everything i have learned from exploring my mind and the minds of others (like this site) i have came to think that maybe, reality as we see its isnt really the reality thats around us.
We all get stuck in our own lifes and forget that there is a world with bigger and greater things, things to explore and new ideas to create..
i dont feel like you should try to escape reality but let reality in, open your eyes to the world around you..sometimes you get the best perspective when you observe, then change can take place:)
“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”
-Albert Einstein

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Viev Please (4) (@dozmaster) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Movies, Books, Video Games, this website. But I don’t see it as escapism, I see it as an extension of reality using the imagination. If it’s in your mind, it is real, as some say….

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Alex Eastman (71) (@alex) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Woo skyrim!!! Cahardly wait for 11/11/11 for the game to come out!
Mine are video games, facebook, books, Internet, high existence, guitar and texting are my biggest diversions :)

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Matt (6) (@mrgeetah) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Acting, Reading, playing/writing/running DnD campaigns, Writing/playing/listening to music, and playing video games. This is pretty much how I spend all of my waking time when I’m not in class… Which is when I daydream, so there we go. Fuck reality, pretty much.

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Stephanie (4) (@pearl914) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Reading books about spirituality help me escape and going to seminars with like minded people and noticing the synchronicities of life and appreciating it.

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Syn.Ther. (46) (@luna) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

writing, reading, music,going nowhere really fast, various drugs and sex.

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Phil (8) (@phil) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@Chelsea…you quoted Albert Einstin there…well he’s the one that proved that reality is only as we perceive it. I say that in a very broad sense tho.

As for Escapism…Gta (“Nothing like picking up a caddy and mowing down street hoes” – Dr kelso :P), music, DRIVING!!!, motorcross, Drinking beer with mates :P.

Allot of my escapism envolves just driving tho. Finding a cool view…and just watching the world pass on by.

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Jordan B. (1) (@synchestra) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Reading, watching good comedies, meditation, running, listening to music, playing guitar. X-BOX (Halo, COD MW, mostly FPS’s but I’m loving Red Dead Redemption the most this past year), playing pick-up games of volleyball and basketball, sitting outside and listening to the birds. Yup.

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m. (8) (@mjmf826) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@ Dave: I’m so with you, any activity outdoors alone basically gets me to that quiet place in myself where creativity and imagination mushrooms up and tumbles over, kicking out all thoughts about work and stressful situations.

I often like to escape in my music (of late Kid Cudi) and film, most of all film. Nothing like forgetting yourself and living vicariously through the television set for a bit!

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Rain (23) (@rain) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Music, movies, books, some good drugs now and then, nature….(anykind, wodds, beaches, lakes, fields, etc. Just nature.

There are so many things I guess some could call “Escapism” in my life, however, I think that they are all really just phases of my reality. Facets to my every day life, that add color and sparkle.

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Dom John (1) (@domjohn) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Hrmm… video games, stumbleupon, spirituality books, nature of all kinds, meditation..

It seems to me that escapism really relies on defining your overall reality as something negative occasionally sprinkled with fun. It’s as if we commonly agree having fun is bad for us because we are running from something?

I say we all start thinking of these hobbies as running Towards fun.. instead of running From problems.

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Rain (23) (@rain) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Lol….I can picture all of us on HE (ok, all of us active forum users) gaming together….

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Chelsea (2) (@cambria) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@rain
i love it, put in a little art and its golden for me..and i hope to get to a point where thats my “life” not my “escapism” :)

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Matt (6) (@mrgeetah) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

@Rain

Haha, definitely. We should start a group on Steam, just for ease of coordination!

Our own Minecraft server would be awesome as well. I would totally be willing to host it. I’ll play around with it with my roommate tomorrow, and we’ll see if our… subpar internet can handle a multiplayer server…

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Phil (8) (@phil) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Dedicated HE server needed :) VPN for the win :D

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