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Runaway Girl - Part I (Intro)


Looking back, Willa could see that she'd spent most of her life running away... from people, from places, from situations, and from herself; flight was as instinctive to her as breathing. When faced with fear the choices are fight or flight, and Willa chose flight because she didn't see herself as powerful enough to win any battles, though God knows she had tried.

The first time Willa ran away she was eighteen years old, though she'd been fantasizing about leaving for a long time. She had to get away, far away from the anger, the control and the unending condemnation; she had to find a place to stay where she could follow her own heart.

At long last the opportunity presented itself, and all Willa had to do was accept the offer... go out for a walk one summer evening, hop into the car when they came for her, and skip town; vanish before anyone knew that she was gone.

Willa didn't realize it then, but that decision would change the course of her entire life.

(To be continued)
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24 comments:

  1. My hope is it changed for the better. It certainly doesn't sound like it could be much worse.

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    1. There are many situations that appear fine to the outside observer but are sucking the life out of someone who is experiencing it. I think Willa's story is a situation like this.

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  2. Could be a life saving car ride or a jump from the frying pan into the fire. I hope Willa found freedom & peace.
    Visit me @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead. 😉

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    1. I suspect she might, but it won't come soon... or easy.

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  3. My rebel side says "good for her" but my conservative side says "this can't be good". Here's hoping Willa is running to a safe place with good people.

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    1. Sometimes what seems like a good idea at the time, may not be the right answer in the long run, but she felt she had no other option. Only time will tell.

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  4. Such a beautiful story, Josie. You have told it so wonderfully. I hope Willa is now happy with where life may have taken her. I know so many Willa's who spend their entire lives fighting the urge to disappear.Running away also must require a lot of determination, for, it is like leaving behind a life that one would never be able to return to.. I don't call such a person an escapist. Perhaps, that was their only sane option at that point, at least .
    Love
    Moon

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    1. I think you understand exactly, Moon. Running away is partly gaining freedom and partly leaving everything behind, knowing nothing will ever be the same again. That's a brave, scary thing to do.

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  5. I hope that Willa found the life she was looking for and is safe and sound. Great story!

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    1. I hope she will too, she deserves happiness. I'm just not sure this is going to work out the way she hopes.

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  6. Oh Josie! We will all be desparate to read a follow up on this introductory story. Please don't leave us in the lurch.

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    1. I am contemplating that, Old Egg. There is surely more to this story if I decide to write it.

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  7. Sounds too familiar well done! Pulls at your heart!

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    1. It is indeed an all too common story. Sometimes it can mean a wonderful new beginning, sometimes it doesn't go as planned.

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  8. Hopefully, hopefully, it changed for the better. There have been times…

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    1. I think we've all had times in our lives where we just wanted to walk out the door and RUN. Sometimes that's a good response to a bd situation, sometimes it only offers a temporary reprieve, and sometimes things go from bad to worse. What will Willa's fate be?

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  9. Crossing fingers she finds peace!

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    1. Peace is often such an obscure thing, when we react from a place of emotion without really thinking it through, everything can go wrong. I hope that Willa finds what she is longing for.

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  10. The power of inertia in our lives is incredibly strong sometimes and, combined with effects of fear can be paralyzing. A good Six which we can all identify with (in the underlying feelings of Willa, if not the particular circumstances).

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    1. That's true, Clark, it is easy to find yourself in a situation where you don't want to be yet are afraid to leave and what the unknown might be. Too often I think people tend to stay in bad situations because they don't trust their survival instinct enough. Breaking free takes great courage, and hopefully good planning!

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    1. Thanks, Jo-Anne! I'm glad you liked it. :-)

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  12. My teens ran away many times in real life. They came back with a lot of help from the community and are on therapy. The running changed their lives for sure. I hope they did not run.

    I am following this story.

    http://www.carinsgratitude.com/2017/07/nurse-carlos-and-mrs-p.html

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    1. Life is often difficult for teens in our society and it is easy for them to think everything can be solved by running away, although as we get older we realize that is usually not the best answer. I am so glad you kids came home, I know how hard that would be for a mother! They are blessed to have your love and you will discover that you become closer for each year they get older and see life through adult eyes. <3 I hope I can do this story justice.

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