Have You Ever Run Away?

@KrauseHome (32391)
United States
January 10, 2009 9:12pm CST
or had the desire to run away? Many of us can admit a time or two we might have considered running away either while as a Teenager growing up, or now as an adult as well. But did you really ever follow thru, or did you decide it would not be worth it, and just stay where you are at hoping that things can somehow improve from there. I can remember sorta running away when I was like 12 or 13. I remember feeling like my Mom and Dad did not care, and so I went and hid out in some overgrown bushes we had really close to our home and sat in there all day. I even remember my Mom coming around that area and calling for me, but I did not respond. And since one of my friends from across the street knew I was doing this, they brought me a sandwich to eat so I did not get hungry. But it did come time for me to give in, so when no one was looking I remember coming out from those bushes and walking in the house like nothing had happened and everyone was glad to see me for sure. Then as an Adult there for a couple of yrs. I would move to somewhere when things started going Bad to only find things never got any better there, until I finally realized when I moved to Western WA in 1995, that it was time to grow up and take some responsibility for myself from then on as well. So what are your experiences? ~~TINA~~
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• United States
11 Jan 09
There was a couple of times when i was younger that I did want to run away. Me and a friend of mine did make a plan once that we were going to run away out into the wood. I even packed a bag and everything. But, I never went through with it.
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@KrauseHome (32391)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I am sure that even though you never went thru with it, since it was thought out, you can relate with the desire to want to run away as well.
29 Jan 09
Never considered it that serious but it only natural to feel that way when you are angered by something. I was always a good boy and considered other people before me, still do. Part of the reason maybe because I knew it would break my mothers heart who use to worry when my sister were 1.5 hours late from school. I love her to pieces
@dodo19 (26669)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Jan 09
Yes, I had both the desire to run away, and I even tried on several occasions. However, I never succeeded to do so. All my attempts failed.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I really don't remember running away as a kid nor do I remember thinking that i could. Now as an adult I have wanted to run away any number of times but usually realize that I would be taking the very thing I wanted to run away from with me and that is me and the me problems that I have. So I have never ran away though I still think about it now and then.
• India
12 Jan 09
no i dont have the desire to run away any way then i dont think about it take care
@kissie34 (2296)
• Philippines
12 Jan 09
I haven't experienced running away from home but sometimes I used to think of running away from home especially if there's a problem and if we have some misunderstanding with my parents at home.. When I think of running away from home, I always thought of where will I go?? How will I leave my life?? I don't have a money to live on my own and I can't think of a place to stay wherein my parents can't find me.. There's a lot of thoughts will come up in my mind when I think of running away from home and because of those thoughts and afraid of being alone I haven't done running away from home.. Well, i guess that's a good think that happen in my life because maybe if I run away from home maybe my parents won't accept me anymore or I can't have a good life just like my life now.. I'm just so lucky that I have my brain who works so much for the good of my life..
• United States
12 Jan 09
There was one time that I had almost run away. I think I was like about 13 or 14 and my parents had gotten after me for something. I think mainly it was for not following their rules. So my dad I believe he was so angry at me and stated, if you don't want to follow our rules then you can just leave. So that same night I snuck out of the house and was walking down the street. Had no idea were I was going. So, I walked to the end of the street and then turned back around. While I had turned around to head back home, someone was yelling out hey you and it scared me even more and I just ran all the way home. I did not know who it was. But I knew that my parents would have missed me. I remember the next day, my mom told me that my dad did not mean what he said and stated that if I had left then they would have missed me very much. So in a way I think that my mom was thinking that I was trying to run away. Then there was another time when I was older like 23, I had this boyfriend who I used to talk on the phone all the time. And well I ran up my dad's phone bill and my dad came to my house to confront me about it. And so things got physical to were he had hit me. I couldn't take it any more even though, my parents were no longer together and he no longer lived there. He always would come over. So, I couldn't handle being with my mom even though she did nothing to me. So I called up my friend in tears and I lived with her for a couple of months, and then returned back home. And then there was one other time that I had ran away. I was getting real serious about a guy that my parents knew nothing about. But I was out on my own. I was getting tired of the small town scene and wanted to be alot closer to him. So one night my now husband, came to pick me up and took me all the way to were he lived which was in another city and it was bigger and plus I always wanted to live in this city any way. I never told anyone I was leaving though. Eventually that same week, I went back home and told my family that I was moving in with him. Which at the time my family did not agree with but they excepted it and let me move to that new city. I am still living in that city and the guy that I snuck off with we got married like 9 months ago.
@reichiru (749)
• Canada
12 Jan 09
I've never really "ran away" before, cause whenever I feel like I want to there's always something that nags in the back of my mind saying "What about food? Shelter? Money? You can't survive on your own." so I usually give up before I even try. The only time I came close to running away was in Grade 11 when my dad got extremely mad at me because of my report card (typical Asian parents) and kicked me out of the house, so I just went back to school and walked off with my boyfriend for 2 hours after my final exam. Of course I had to go home afterwards cause I had to change for a band performance, and my dad was even more furious at me. Not exactly the best idea I had in the entire world.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
12 Jan 09
I ran away when I was five all the way from Vancouver, through Stanley Park to North Vancouver where we used to live before we moved to Vancouver. That was the only time my father spanked me and he used a razor strap. That cured me of running away and of any initiative to do things on my own. On retrospect, had he just grounded me and put me in my room, I would have been less afraid to try things, but it made me more timid then I was.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jan 09
hi tina...running away from home?? well yeah i have thought of that when i was a teen-ager then ..that was if im angry with my mom or just had a feeling of what if i do that running away thing......but it did not materialize since im scared to do so...
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I don't know if it would be considered running away or not but if it's not it's pretty close. I left home when I was sixteen and I never went back. I have always moved from here to there. I've lived in several states and I guess it was as you described. Maybe I was running away. I just don't know where I was going. I guess I was running to here. I have been here now(in this town) for twelve years now and have been at my job for ten years. Sometimes every now and again I think about going somewhere else but I can't say that I've ever been as comfortable as I am now.
@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I've never run away, but I can sympathize with anyone who's ever wanted to or has. I had a cousin run away once, and she and another teen, a boy, were going to get married, or so they thought. My mother had to go to another nearby town and go to the police station to pick up my cousin. The whole time her mother said nothing, but boy, did my mother give my cousin a lecture. I bet her ears still burn when she thinks about it, lol.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Wow, how sweet of your friend to be concerned about you to go out and give you a sandwich so you wouldnt be hungry (although maybe she/he couldve invited you over too lol I dont know), but that was a nice thought anyway. I did run away when I was younger. I was so mad at my parents for something, cant remember what and I went to a close friends house that I went to school with. I dont know how she found me as I obviously never told her where I was going, but guess she ran down a list of possibilities and figured it out. I was so mad I didnt want to go, but did. My friends house was beautiful too. I miss her a lot as we lost touch.
@mikkymyde (185)
• Nigeria
11 Jan 09
I've never even think about it...not in my widest imaginations
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
11 Jan 09
no i haven't actually... i am a very obedient and timid person when i was still a child... i obey whatever my parents told me without questions even though my heart is actually against it... and i am not a risk-taker... so i wouldn't dare to run away from home... i think my childhood is not challenging at all... take care and have a nice day...
@healer (1784)
• India
11 Jan 09
Yes i too run away from my home to the jungle with my little savings to the jungle, i have no idea why i carried my money when i am running away from home to the jungle and i guess i was 12 or 13 when i did that. I think its a critical age as there were lots of problems and the biggest one was that my dad does not seems to care for me anymore but after running away for few hours i realized how far can i go but my brother and dad were looking for me and they brought me back home i was very glad that they found me but outwardly i was grumbling why they are not letting me go. I saw my mom in tears and now i regret that i should not have done that as it hurt my mother.
@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
As a teenager, there were times when I thought about running away. My mom is one of those strict school teachers who want everything in their proper order and things can get stressful at times. Fortunately, I did not give in to the temptation of "packing my things and leave the house in the middle of the night and never come back!" I guess I was not that determined to runaway in the first place. LOL
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
11 Jan 09
i too was ran away, i was like 14/15 tho. I felt the same way u did, but i would get in trouble a lot for going places with friends, my dad was really strict, i wanted my freedom, so i ran away, i stayed at multiple friend's houses, then when i ran out of houses, i went home and of course got grounded.
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
11 Jan 09
I thought about it good and hard because life wasn't great at home but I stuck it out till I had enough money to do it on my own. That's when life got good for me.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I think I made a hobby of running away when I was a kid...not sure why...may the dramatics. I never went too far. Once I ran away to the attic and left a note. It was one of those attics with no stairs that you needed a ladder to get into. My cousin helped me and even delivered the note she "found". It was horrible. It started out rather entertaining but before long there cops involved and half the town out looking for me. I got caught of course and severly grounded. I was only about 11 at the time. When I got up in highschool, things were horrible between my mom and me & I seriously did want to run away but by then, I had figured that it would only make things worse and so didn't even bother trying. I couldn't have supported myself anyway.