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I am usually the first person to say stand up and fight your demons or your enemies, but there are some perfectly good reasons sometimes to run away from situations. The reason why running away can sometimes be a good thing comes down to removing yourself from toxic situations and instances where you feel like your ability to consent is being stifled and your safety is in danger.
More often than not, people don’t tend to leave a situation where they feel uncomfortable because of social obligations. The truth is, any situation where someone feels their mental, physical or sexual self is being compromised is a situation one should be able to leave. Don’t let society’s regulations hold you hostage.
Here is a small list of examples of situations and enviornments where it is perfectly acceptable to run away.
- From toxic people who have decided to hold onto you and refuse to let you go, from them running away is perfectly acceptable. You don’t have to stay and explain the same thing you’ve explained a plethora of times, you just need to run away.
- From an ex boyfriend who stalks you and is getting dangerous. You don’t need to put yourself in danger and face him, you run away from that situation for your own safety, it is so much more important than facing him (also, get a restraining order, stat.)
- From any environment where you don’t feel yourself growing in any way and the toxicity is actually stifling your evolution in every single way. If you have tried every single way to actually evolve and continue to grow and find that this environment is refusing to compromise in any way to meet you, it is perfectly acceptable to run away.
- Sometimes to heal from a terrible heartbreak, the best thing you can possibly do is travel so that you get away from the situation where it was caused and it gives you time to think. For a little while then, it is acceptable to run away.
- From any and every situation where your life is in mortal danger or peril, even if it’s your friends trying to put you in that situation, you have every right to run away.
- From anyone who does not take no for an answer and demands explanation after explanation from you, and makes you uncomfortable in every way possible, it is fine to run away from that situation for the sake of your own mental health.
- Any and every situation where you feel your mental or physical health is being compromised in any way, you have every right to walk away from it after explaining what has made you uncomfortable or feel like you are being endangered.