So, we all have time when we can’t deal with life. Personally, I don’t even want to get out of bed. I just want to dream my life away. This really isn’t an option though. The Earth continues to turn and I still have responsibilities.

So, what do we do? Well, the best thing is to talk to someone. Anyone. A friend…and professional…hell, a sympathetic ear. And if you can’t? Or, it doesn’t solve the problem. For example, say you have a job you hate. You can’t quit your job because you need the money. Besides, do you know how hard it is to find a job? So, you’re stuck while you look for something better. This is where escapism comes in.

There are many ways to escape our reality. Books take us to whole new worlds for an hours or maybe a whole day. I love books but I have two other favorites: roleplaying and video games.

Table top are LARP? Who cares both are fun!

Roleplaying games are more of a social form of escapism. No, I don’t mean the type where you dress up as a naughty school teacher begging to be punished. There are two types I’ve played. Well, technically three but I’ll get to the third later. First, there is table top roleplaying. This is your friends and you around a table with some dice and character sheets. The fantasy based Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is probably the most popular, but there are many others like World of Darkness which is more modern. The great thing about these games is that you can be or do anything you want. You only limit is your imagination. The second type of RP I’ve played is Live Action Roleplay. Pretty much, you dress up like your character and act out the story. Once again there are so many types, from fantasy to modern games where you are spies.
Even Sam and Dean need to get away from their lives for a while.

So, video games. There is a reason they are popular. Graphics have come leaps and bounds from the 8-bit squares. Through is some good stories and you have hours of entertainment. Personally, I like Massive Multi-player Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs), and yes I do get into character and RP with other. I told you there was a third type. Many have a monthly subscription but there are several that you can download for free like Dungeons and Dragons Online or Lord of the Rings Online. One of my favorites is TheSecret World. It’s what is called buy to play. You buy the game and then you can play for free.

Heh, So Felicia Day and the guild crew with one of their videos.

So, yes, life may seem horrible, but you have to remember that it’s what you make of it. My boyfriend gave me a great piece of advice when looking at your problems:
Is your problem something you can change? I.E. Can you do something about it?
Yes, The do something and stop worrying about it.
No, then it’s out of your control and stop worrying about it.

But, this isn’t the easiest advice to adhere to. So, if we’re stuck, there’s always something we can find to make us happy and let us escape for a little bit.

About Noree Cosper

Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

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9/10/2013 10:28:07

Books, video games, writing, and music have always been my escapes. Half the reason why I fell in love with Lacuna Coil so much was because it got me through. I am glad you and I share this amazing band. This was a great post, Noree. xo

9/11/2013 03:46:39

Thanks Liz. I'm glad we share a love of Lacuna Coil too. Music has always been a pillar in my life, whether I am up or down.


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