Knowing when to Run

Clarens 2021
View of Golden Gate, near Clarens, South Africa

‘True self-care is not bath salts and chocolate cake, it’s making the choice to build a life you don’t need to escape from’ – Brianna Wiest

Talking of escape, that’s exactly what I happened to do this past weekend. We (my husband and I) spent a weekend in Clarens, a little town about three and half hours from where we live in Johannesburg. It is a beautiful little town, surrounded by hills and mountains and with an abundance of little shops and restaurants and places to enjoy a home grown craft beer or two.  Amazingly, the place seems to be flourishing despite the devastation of Covid, although sadly there are probably casualties that I am not aware of. From Wikipedia: Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. It was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days.

The weekend had been planned some weeks back, and I was looking forward to the break- a change of scene, a breath of fresh air, the pleasure of a mini holiday at a place that we had visited and delighted in over previous visits. However I was not really thinking of it as an escape. That’s a strong word. The feeling of escape came towards the end of the weekend, while we were driving back on the Sunday afternoon, when I reminded myself that I had not checked my phone for messages or notifications, or even gone online the entire weekend since the Friday morning.  And it felt good. It felt liberating. There is a kind of delight in the nonchalance of not feeling inclined to keep checking your phone, when you really feel in your bones that it’s just not important right now, that you have bigger fish to fry, and that fish is called Enjoying Your Day, Unimpeded. And I think that we all need to go there sometimes, to that place where you don’t feel FOMO tugging at your sleeve, or your heart strings or whatever, because that thing that’s REALLY tugging at your heart strings is often what you see when you just lift your eyes from the screen and look beyond your arm’s length to the trees and the clouds, and the Maluti mountain range out there in the distance.


Prompted by Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge: 31/03/2021 : Had To Run

8 thoughts on “Knowing when to Run

  1. Ally Bean 2021-04-02 / 2:49 pm

    So true about the need to escape the usual and enjoy a day unimpeded. I don’t suffer from FOMO so I might be more inclined to naturally escape. I’m glad you got the opportunity to do so and that you felt revived because of it. The photo is stunning, btw. Very pretty.

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    • amandAVN 2021-04-02 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you! Funny… FOMO is not a word I really use or think about in relation to myself. But somehow it just worked for this post, when I realised how freeing it had felt to not feel compelled to check my phone for no particular reason. I think, as you rightly pointed out in one of your recent posts, that we tend to unthinkingly check our phones/notifications as per habit rather than need. Not always good for our quality of life or peace of mind! Thanks for popping by here and commenting 🙂

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  2. Pam Lazos 2021-04-06 / 2:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, I sooo need an escape like this with no digital devices interfering with my thoughts. It would be heaven!

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    • amandAVN 2021-04-06 / 4:56 pm

      Yes it was lovely. A change of scene often invites new and better habits, I think. The trick is to stick to them!

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  3. amandAVN 2021-04-06 / 9:03 pm

    Thank you! Yup the real challenge starts once we are back on familiar turf…


  4. Content Catnip 2021-04-25 / 11:09 pm

    Wow Amanda it looks so beautiful 😍 I am glad you had a nice day and that you didn’t feel like checking your phone. I love those times too when the world outside is too beautiful to miss. Take care my friend and big hugs 🤗💚

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    • amandAVN 2021-04-26 / 11:35 am

      Sometimes you gotta look at what’s around you, not only at what’s in front of you! 😉 Thank you… it was a beautiful weekend, and the very same to you 🙂 x

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