Part 1) Is Running Away From Home Really Worth It?
Running away sounds great, doesn’t it? No longer will you have to put up with all the bullshit of life. You won’t have to do what your parents tell you and you won’t have to go to school or work. You can be your own person and do whatever you decide.
However, running away from home is no insignificant undertaking and it can have huge implications for you, your family, and friends. Not to mention, it can be extremely dangerous and even illegal in some states. So before you hastily make a decision, pack your bags and head out the front door, you need to seriously ponder over whether running away is really worth it.
A very wise man once told me, never do anything unless you can think of three very good reasons to do so. In order to help you make a decision, below you will find a short list of the pros and cons of running away that I have learned from experience.
1) You will experience a freedom that most people only dream of.
2) You will travel, see amazing places, and meet remarkable people.
3) You will gain a new perspective on life.
4) You will overcome many of your fears and grow as a person.
5) You will become very skilled at living outdoors.
1) You will go at least a few days without food on some occasions.
2) You will freeze on the street under a cold night rain.
3) You will encounter robbers, drug dealers, crazy homeless people and prostitutes.
4) There won’t be many people around who you can talk to.
5) You will seriously hurt your family who most likely loves you dearly.
If you think that any three of these pros outweigh the cons, then maybe running away is meant for you. But if you don’t think you can handle the cons, then you should try to confront and overcome what ever it is that is bothering you and work it out at home.
Even if you do think running away is worth it, you should think it over once more. You should know that life is long and there will be plenty of time to travel the world when you are older. I know it’s hard to have perspective right now when you are stuck at home but you need to try. There is always hope, and if you stay strong, disciplined and preserver, you will become a more confident and happier person in the long run. Remember, the more you suffer, the more unique and compassionate you become. Finally, you should know that while travel will give you perspective, it can’t make you happy. Happiness comes from within, so if you aren’t happy at home, you won’t find it anywhere.
If you are still dead set on getting away and traveling, you should check out my Runaway Backpacker Jobs section for more orthodox travel options. If you’re parents are totally opposed to you traveling, learn how to convince them to let you run away. If you can’t wait and want to go now, keep reading to learn how to prepare. Disclaimer: The Runaway Guide does not condone or encourage literally running away from home if you are not an adult.