A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.
The coolest thing about this challenge is that I need a place like this so rarely, I had to ask my darling husband to help me. I read him the challenge and then I asked him. “Where do I go, when I need this?”
He reminded me of what I call my “angry drives” I get in my car, put in a favorite CD, crank it loud enough to make the rear view mirror rattle, and cruise out to my favorite driving spot.
There is a large roadside attraction at the South end of our fair city, and it has the smoothest, windiest and most peaceful access road leading to it. There are a lot of car dealerships in the area, so a lot of people use this road for test drives. It’s also the only place in town where you can drive 45 mph. Which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s enough. It is for the most part wide open, and a great place to see some killer sunrises if you happen to hit it at the right time of day.
In thinking about this, I was reminded that I don’t always need the car to accomplish this, even though that’s more fun. I can crank the tunes at home and make the drudgery of housework better anytime. I think we all retreat to music sometimes, when pummeling the face of a co-worker or loved one into meatloaf just isn’t an option.
It has an element of fantasy to it, and takes you to another world where you aren’t disappointed. It hearkens back to the days of singing into a hairbrush. You know your favorite songs, by your favorite bands or artists are never going to let you down.
I’m not one for wallowing, so I never curl up with tissues and ice cream to watch Lifetime Movies. I’m all about shrugging off the blues and putting the cheek back in Cheeky, and the dork back in Diva.
Here are just a few of tunes that never fail to make me feel better, no matter how hard life is stomping on my windpipe:
That Thing You Do-The Onders
A Higher Place-Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Bad Things-Jace Everett
Hold Me Tight-The Beatles
Bad Romance -Lady Ga Ga
Dark Days-Florence And The Machine
No Sunlight-Death Cab for Cutie
Rhythm Of Love-Plain White Tees
The entire B52′s library
Nothing by Adele
Okay campers, where’s your happy place?