33 comments for “Part 3: Art as Refuge/Art as Anchor

  1. Emily Merten
    October 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    When I was in sixth grade I started running cross country just to try it out. Now after seven and a half years of running it has become one of the things I love most in the world. You always see the posts on social media about how people run because it helps them relieve their stress, and sometimes these posts seem so overdramatic, and fake. Speaking for myself I can tell you that it really does help in my day to day life. If I’m ever having a rough day and just feeling emotionally drained slipping on some workout clothes and my favorite running shoes almost feels like coming home. The familiar sound of my steps on the pavement, and the natural rhythm of my body working in perfect harmony to just focus on putting one foot in front of the other. On the physically exhausting days it is so much harder to put on those shoes, and walk myself out the door. After the run is over, and I have added even more physical exhaustion to my body there’s a sense of rightness, and calm because even though I just ran I also worked out the stress and tension of the day. Running has been my outlet for everything for the past seven and a half years. It helps me manage my thoughts, and stresses, and is often a great way to end my day. I do believe that for the rest of my life even after I quit competing that running will always be my outlet.

  2. Ashley Clatterbuck
    October 3, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Ashley Clatterbuck
    ENG 110-10
    Oct. 3, 2017
    Prof. McMyne
    Art as Refuge/Art as Anchor
    In Station Eleven Miranda’s character has a very effective way of dealing with stress. She writes comics and turns her stress into something useful. I wish I was able to say that I do the same but I’d be lying.
    Usually when I get stressed out I let it get so bad to the point where I’ll snap at just about anyone. I get an attitude because I let the stress just eat at me until it decides to bubble over and explode. Sadly, anyone in my path of destruction has to feel the wrath that comes out of my little 5’5” stature. After I explode into a fit of rage it sometimes turns into me crying in the shower. I’m not proud of the fact that I get this way but there isn’t much I can do about it because it usually starts to happen before I can stop it.
    If I ever have something that’s really eating at me and I’m passed the point of what I mentioned before, then I’ll go to my boyfriend for advice or help. He’s my go to person when I have anything wrong, so I know that I can tell him anything and he’s always willing to help. It helps me a lot when I can just rant and get everything off my chest. But other than that I just let my problems build up until I really can’t handle it anymore and it turns into me stress crying.
    I know that the way I deal with the challenges that life throws at me isn’t exactly the healthiest thing, but I have hope that in the future I can eventually handle my issues with finesse.

  3. Kristine Jardee
    October 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    When life gets completely chaotic, and I feel like my world is spinning out of control. It’s hard to breathe, difficult to focus on what really needs to be done. Sometimes we need to take a step back, and do something that relaxes us, something we enjoy in order to put things back into perspective. Like Miranda, I to have an outlet that I totally submerge myself into. I enjoy painting on canvas. I usually use acrylic paint, because it dries faster. As I start to prepare to paint, I have to put myself into a different place mentally. I try to visualize what I want to paint, then I imagine that I’m standing inside of the painting. I allow the color to just float by my eyes, allowing myself to emerge with the color, it is really quite soothing. After I have felt the warmth of the colors, or their coolness, I gather my brushes, and start putting paint on the palate. When I do the background, I catch myself cross- hatching fairly quickly, and rather rough. This always gets an outward giggle out of me. As I’m painting along things start to smooth out, and slow down. There is something about watching the colors start to blend together that is totally relaxing for me. Sometimes, I become impatient, and I blow dry the background. Then, depending on whether I’m doing impressionistic art or not, I draw on what I’m going to paint. A lot times, when I’m finished, I realize that I have re-created someplace I’ve been. Just like Miranda does, when she has realized that she has re-created Lulli.
    Kristine Jardee

  4. Marissa Kintz
    October 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Miranda’s character has a very effective way of dealing with her ever changing life. She writes comics and uses that to distract herself from the scary apocalyptic world she is living in. I have many different ways I deal with emotional turmoil or stress.
    One of my favorite things to relieve these feelings is hang out with my boyfriend. Whenever I am feeling upset or overwhelmed, the two of us eat ice cream, and watch whatever show I am currently binge watching. Spending nights cuddling with him and eating comfort food always calms down my anxious mind. This is because the positive chemicals in my brain are releasing, making the negative feelings subside.
    The other, most effective thing I do when I am feeling upset is color. I have very high anxiety and seem to get overwhelmed with emotions very often. Coloring in adult coloring books has calmed my worries on multiple occasions. This is because when you are coloring a detail oriented picture, (which sometimes include inspiring quotations) you are no longer focused on your stress. It makes me focus all of my energy onto making the piece of paper look like a work of art instead of lying in bed hyperventilating, and crying.
    Having an outlet like, being around friends or coloring, or writing comics is important. If you let the stress of life eat you alive, you will not be a productive human being. You need an outlet to release the overwhelming feelings and relax.

  5. Leslie Scott
    October 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    My way of dealing with things is doing things with my horse. It does not even have to be riding them. It can be brushing them and just spending time with them. Since I was little I have been riding horses. At points in my life horses have been stressful but it was always a way to get away from the stress of my everyday life. These large but gentle creatures always brought a peacefulness over me. It gave me time to think about things that were happening to me while I was brushing them. It was like I could hit a pause button. Kind of like how Twix bars are explained in the commercials. It gave me time to look over the different options I had in life. It was a sort of therapy I guess you could say. Especially going to the barn by yourself and playing some of your favorite music. There is a certain feeling that you get when you are in this experience. It is not one you can explain except the word bliss. Besides that you have to experience to know what it feels like. When I leave the barn my brain is fresh and reset. It is like when you wake up after a really good nap. You just feel amazing and like you can take on anything. I hope everyone can feel this feeling at some point in their life. I believe everyone should have something they do that causes them to feel this way. It is truly refreshing.

  6. Justin Harcourt
    October 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Justin Harcourt
    Prof. McMyne
    ENG 110-10
    October 4, 2017
    Art as a Refuge/Art as an Anchor
    Something that I do to help me get through the hard times in life is help others. I don’t think people realize how much helping other people actually helps them as well. Helping others is a great way to boost your spirit because seeing how you can help people in worse trouble than you relieves a lot of stress. Here’s an example of how I used it to help me. I come from Oklahoma and I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Tornado Alley” at some point in your life. Tornado Alley runs through Oklahoma and back on May 20, 2013 we were struck with disaster. I don’t have a tornado shelter at my house so we went to my church where it was safer. We had a volunteer group from Texas staying with our church for disaster relief when an EF5, which is the worse type of tornado, struck ground in Moore, Oklahoma. When we heard the sirens, it was my job as one of the senior youths at my church to guide the group of volunteers, which were mostly teens, to safety. I remember the day like it was yesterday. We were in the multipurpose building and when I took the group into our tunnel to get to the main building you could feel the tunnel swaying in the wind and the hail smashing on the roof. I remember most of the group crying and thinking that they might not get to go home, but we told them to try to calm down because they were scaring the little kids. When everyone was settled down in the room I went out with the adults to find out what was going on. It wasn’t good news. The tornado hit and killed twenty-five people seven of which were elementary kids in Plaza Towers and injured more than three-hundred people. The tornado came within half a mile to my church heading straight for us before it went back into the sky. The hail it launched at my church were bigger than softballs. The wind was so powerful that someone opened our church door to let people in and it ripped the door off the hinges and hit a car. I know a family who was in their house while the tornado hit them and it took their trampoline a mile from their house. I knew this was a devastating event and when it was over we turned our church’s gym into a Walmart pretty much. We had around 1000 cases of water donated from the community along with clothes and grills and food and everything else you could think of. We started loading our church vans full of stuff and took it to people that were in need and we took water to people who were helping other people. This event has made so many people closer to each other and has led me to meet some good friends from Texas. That summer I was at the church helping with disaster relief every day. The year after it hit we put on this event called Camp Noah. The camp was for kids effected by the storms and the objective of it was to show kids how to prepare for disasters and helped kids vent to our therapists. I was fortunate enough to be asked to play the leading role of Noah during one of the weeks. You have absolutely no idea how many kids came to me crying because they lost a sibling or have PTSD from being in the storms. I’m not one to be around kids all the time for fear that I can’t be what they want me to be but the kids that came to me crying changed me. Now I’m great with kids and being Noah for that one week made me feel like I was on top of the world because those kids actually needed me to help them and since then I’ve worked with my church in the Children’s Ministry teaching young children about the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  7. Riley Collins
    October 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    In Station Eleven, Miranda has a desk job at Neptune logistics where she has an easy job of managing her boss’s flights and files. She portrays to us that this job is a getaway from her life at home that is full of clutter and failure of an artist boyfriend. Specifically, she makes a point about how neat her desk is and being able to look at the simple view of Lake Ontario. The tasks she is given by her boss are never enough to fill up the day, so she normally ends up working on her comic book series called Station Eleven. Through the course of her life time that we see in these chapters Miranda constantly uses the comic series as her outlet from the world. She knows most people will never understand the point of her comic, but that doesn’t matter her because it’s something she can go to when she wants to escape her emotions. Similar to Miranda I have an outlet for when I’m stressed from school or any aspect of my life, which for me it is playing sports. During my time in high school I would always want the school day to just end because it was stressful most of the time, so I could go to practice and be able to redirect my focus to something else. It was a “getaway” for me because in that moment I was focused on doing something I loved such as basketball. Multiple times throughout the year I would go the gym on Sunday’s and shoot the with my headphones in with not a care in the world. Something about this was able to give me complete and utter peace, while clearing my mind in the process. This is one of the many reason’s I wanted to play a sport at the college level because like Miranda’s life, it can get stressful, so it’s always helpful to have some kind of outlet to vent/forget about everyday life for a brief moment.

  8. Andrew Kaiser
    October 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    When I was ten years old I became very interested in hunting. The only thing was, know body in my family really hunted. I showed great interest in it, and a close family friend took me out when I was 11 years old. I went a whole season only seeing a few deer, and not killing a thing. After that first unsuccessful season, I wanted to go back and do it again the next year. That’s when I knew that hunting was a very special thing for me. Even after harvesting my first few deer all I really wanted to do was just go sit in a tree and watch nature do its thing. There is a reason that I spend 30 or more days in a tree each season. When I climb into a stand and sit, everything I am stressed out about or concerned about just goes away for a few hours. The perk of shooting a deer is just that, a perk. Going a whole season without harvesting an animal would be fine by me. I enjoy just watching animals do their thing without having the slightest clue I am there. To say that deer hunting for me is a hobby, is a huge understatement. Deer hunting to me is a passion. It is a place for me to escape my everyday life, and the fast-paced movement of this world. It is where I go to recharge and clear my head. I can without a doubt say that it is my absolute favorite thing to do every year.

  9. Kali Henke
    October 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Professor McMyne
    ENG 110-010
    October 4, 2017

    Throughout my life I had many moments where everything seemed to spiral out of control. My emotions were shredded to pieces leaving nothing but a vast emptiness inside, a feeling of numbness. Crying, screaming, yelling, or sitting and staring at the wall for hours became constants in my life. It was a routine of brokenness. A black hole I couldn’t find a way to escape out of. In those moments I believed that I would always be stuck that way, trapped inside my own head, broken and withering away. It wasn’t until around eighth grade when I found the one thing that helped me climb out of the black hole, writing. It seems now to sound like a corny thing, but writing was the one thing that became my outlet. I wrote everything from short stories, to song lyrics, to poems, to diary entries. I suppressed emotions, I hung on to them for too long causing me to mentally break down, writing was the one thing I could do. I knew I could let all my pent up emotions out, simply with a pencil and some paper.
    I found that my writing wasn’t all that bad, and that I enjoyed creating little worlds of fantasy on sheets of blank paper. I found an escape from my despair but I also found my burning passion. I take pride in the things I write all the while it keeps me mentally happy and refreshed. I find blank walls boring, and screaming counterproductive. When life isn’t going the way I want, I simply write it out. A friend makes me angry? I create a world with a hero whom defeats a fire breathing monster. As her sword pierces the beast side, I can feel my anger dying with it as I get absorbed in this new reality. I write, even to this day. I have journal I write everything down. With out writing I wouldn’t be the same person as I am today, as corny as that really sounds.

  10. Jessica Orazietti
    October 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    We all need some sort of down time, something that helps us deal with the everyday stressors in life. Sometimes these methods of escape might not necessarily be positive or productive, however they are something that we naturally need to do, to cope. Miranda has a very healthy and effective outlet for dealing with life’s challenges. I have many similar activities that I enjoy doing that help with self-care, however when initially stressed out, I will typically spend some time cleaning. I like to clean and organize my house because it gives me a feeling of control and accomplishment. I can look at the end product and feel like I’ve done something. It helps to relax me and when I’m done, I’m in a good mindset to deal with whatever the world has thrown at me.

  11. Lauren Densmore
    October 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    There are things in life that stress me out to the max. It has always been important to have some sort of relief for the stresses in my life, but it has become even more important now that I am in college. It is impossible to juggle classes, homework, and my jobs and not have a way to relieve the stresses that they cause. For me, music and art are my go-tos when I am stressed. I love listening to any kind of music, but I especially like country. I really love the calming sounds of the music and that takes away so much of my stress. I really like to use art as a stress reliever as well. At my house I had my own room downstairs that I had full of any art supply you could imagine. I really enjoy painting and usually do abstract art because you never know what you are going to get. I also really enjoy drawing. I think that being able to just sit down with a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and draw whatever you can imagine is a great way to relieve stress. It can tell you so much about yourself. You can just tell by what or how you draw what kind of mood you are in. You can use a piece of paper and writing utensil to take out your frustration and stress. One other thing that I have used to take away stress is calligraphy. It is so calming to sit down and write out what you are feeling with one of those pens. I love how pretty it turns out and how much better it makes me feel.

  12. Dakota Bumpus
    October 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    When I get stressed, I usually go ride my horse or go for a walk through the woods. When I was 8 I really started to use riding as an escape from my life and all my family problems I had to deal with. I never wanted to be home, it was always loud, mom and dad always yelling at each other. It got to the point where you couldn’t hear yourself think. Now I still go for a ride when i’m stressed but I usually go sit out in the woods for a while. Listen to the birds and feel the breeze on my face. Depending on what i’m dealing with I might go for a long drive, use my punching bag, or jam out to music. Typically I go drive when I don’t feel like being home or around people. I use my punching bag when i’m really pissed and listen to music when I just want to block the world out.

  13. Paul Matelski
    October 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    What I use to deal with life’s challenges is running. I was never much of a runner before joining the Army. Once you’re in you can either embrace it, or the next 4 years are going to be a challenge. We would run five days a week at least three miles a day. Your soldiers look up to you, so you have to set a good example for them, and beating them is the best way to earn their respect. Plus a little competition never hurt anyone. When I’m running, I can clear out everything that was bothering me, and focus on catching the person in front of me. Luckily, I am slow so there is always someone in front of me. I have been able to run in two marathons, one in Kuwait and one in Rome. Kuwait was hard because a sand storm blew in at mile eighteen, so the last eight miles I could not see more than a foot in front of me. Rome on the other hand rained the whole time, and anyone who wears glasses will tell you that is not fun. But being able to run past the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, and the Forum was an amazing experience. Running is also a good way to stay in shape. Since I have started school running has been put on the back burner, and I can tell I am not as energetic or motivated to do the things that need to be done around the house that I normally am.

  14. max borton-depew
    October 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I go to counseling. Talking really helps me release the negative emotions that I hold in through the week. It’s also good because my councilor can give me advice and support on major decisions in my life. Counseling isn’t the only thing that i use to deal with my problems and irritations. I use gaming and photography as outlets. i pretty much game every day give or take, but only a few hours at a time. Photography is my real passion though, going out during dusk and dawn taking pictures of the sunrise or sunset, it gives me a feeling very few things can match. I discovered my passion for photography when i was young. I used to run around taking pictures with a disposable camera, taking pride in my novice photography skills and bragging and showing my parents my pictures. I think the thing that makes photography so calming is the sereneness, being able to sit back and relax as you wait for the perfect opportunity to take the shot, getting the picture and finding out it’s a lot better than imagined, or posting on Instagram and having professional photographers comment and like the picture the feeling is spectacular. Gaming is a good way of getting me to think, the competition is also really fun, but it can be frustrating. Not being able to solve the puzzle or figure out where to go can piss me off pretty quick. Dealing with the hackers and campers can also piss me off but that’s tolerable and it’s nice to get a good yell out once in a while.

  15. Myah Nyeboer
    October 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Like Miranda I have an escape from my mental/emotional conflicts; animals. I got my cat in sixth grade and ever since she has been my best friend, my rock. I struggle through my emotional battles with my cat by my side. We’ve been through the hardest times in my life together, and I know I can endure life’s future battles only with her next to me. It might seem silly to some but just petting her fur or hearing her purr calms me. The other animal that helps through hard times is my horse. I’ve had her all through high school and she has also helped my throughout my rough patches of life. Whenever I had a stressful day or had some type of emotional conflict going on, I would go out to the barn, and ride my pony. Just simply getting to pet her and spend time giving her treats or whatever, would give me so much joy. Riding horses has been proven to have a therapeutic rhythm to it and as a result they’ve been used more and more in therapy. When dealing with my Grandma’s sudden passing, my cat and horse gave me an outlet, something to show love to and get love in return. In addition to my animals at home, the shelter animals have also given me tremendous amounts of comfort. Visiting them and giving them attention is truly wonderful. For every little hint of attention you give the animals, they give you ten times more back.

  16. Jenny Campbell
    October 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    When I turned sixteen years old, I bought my first truck. This truck was, and still is, my baby. Whenever I find myself in a bind, I get in my truck and drive. I almost always have my pup with me when I am driving. I crank the radio up, roll the windows down, and drive wherever the road takes us. Our drives give us both a sense of peace and happiness. We aren’t very fond of highway driving. We usually begin our journeys on a back road, then follow that to another back road. Sometimes, we stumble across cool hangout spots with lakes. My pup is a lab, so he loves water. We stop every now and then to take a break and cool off in the water, or run along a beach. We find peace in running as well. It’s ironic because most people hate running. There is just something about the cool air, and the sense of relief our runs bring to me.
    Both running and driving allow us to be free. When we’re driving, the open road gives us the freedom to go wherever we feel like going. The trails and beaches provide this sense of freedom when we are on a run, by being open to take us wherever we chose. This is my therapy. This is how I escape from this exhausting world. I love taking drives with my dog to get away from it all, and I love it when we find places to take runs along the way.

  17. Travis Butler
    October 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    In the book Station Eleven, Miranda works a pretty much secretary job basically planning her bosses trips. To her this job was just to get away from a horrible life with a failure boyfriend. What helped me get away from troubling times was team sports. I know I cannot say I had a bad family, they were great. That was the problem I never had chaos or arguing, and I don’t know why but that’s what I was looking for, I wanted negativity and conflict. I played football and that did get aggressive, I swam and oddly enough there was a lot of arguing, also I played lacrosse and that brought conflict. I don’t know why, but the teams I was on felt like families. Families away from my real family. I loved the conflict, it was enticing and allowed me to get my anger out without getting a pat on the back and an, “it will be okay.” I wanted a push back, a way to blow off steam and team sports, places I could get that out, was perfect for me. I bottled up everything for so long. It is an odd thing to desire and want to have but each person has different struggles in their lives and diverse ways for dealing with them. A new family was perfect for that, at least to me, it felt like I was arguing with a brother.

  18. Justin Franks
    October 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Like many people I too need an outlet to get away from the chaos of the world around me just like Miranda, to me my outlet is hunting. When I am hunting, sitting alone in my deer blind, and the only thing I can hear is the soft Autumn wind blowing through the forest, my outside world just melts away. To me hunting is my meditation, sitting quiet and alone with just my thoughts is simply pure bliss. No matter if I get anything or not (most of the time I don’t) I enjoy myself, because hunting is my therapy. I am still waiting for the day until I shoot my first buck, but even with hundreds of hours I have spent sitting in a blind and thousands of dollars I have spent on equipment, this does not deter me because every deer season you can count on me being in a deer blind somewhere, hoping to bag that big one. But while most of the time I won’t be doing that, I’ll probably be sitting in a deer blind by myself, where the outside world can’t touch me and I can decompress. I guess it doesn’t really matter what I’m hunting as long as I am in the woods, the woods are where I feel most comfortable. The outside world is truly chaotic and clustered, if we don’t get away from it sometimes, we find that it overwhelms us. That is why I look forward to going hunting every year, to get away from everything in the outside world for at least a little bit.

  19. Kellie Garlinghouse
    October 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Like Miranda my life can be very stressful, between keeping a household together, working 40+ hours a week and now adding a school schedule into that. The ways that i have found to help me relax or take some stress away are the little moments, if i get 10 or 15 minutes to just go outside. I like to use music as another outlet, putting headphones in helps me tune out the noise of kid screaming or employees depending on where i am at. Another great way to help me calm down when i have a stressful day is just spending time with the family, if i can sit on the floor and play trucks with the 1 1/2 year old i totally will. That is where i am happiest, even playing dolls or vet with the 7 year old or a video game with the 10 year old. They are the reason i do all of this to get stressed out, they are the reason for all of it. I wouldn’t change that for the world either, i don’t get a lot of time to myself, to just escape, if i do its going on a walk, but they are with 9 times out of 10. Yes my answers are quite a bit different than most, but like i said, the simple things, just spending the little free time i have with the people i stay so busy for is my happy place. If i had less going on in my life i would probably have a different way of dealing with things, I enjoy working on and building vehicles. I very seldom get to work on anything anymore between work, school, and family unless it is needed that is.

  20. Sara Foster
    October 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Station Eleven: Miranda

    I admire Miranda for how she takes on the world, she lets nothing bring her to a breaking point. Instead of becoming angry with the world or with the antagonizers of her stress, she turns herself over and gives into her art. She subtly puts her life into her work and I believe that calms her. She imagines herself in a new and different world.
    When i’m stressed I like to imagine myself somewhere quiet and cozy. I often imagine myself in the woods away from everything and everyone. When I am able, I will actually grab a cup of coffee and go walk through or sit in the woods.
    When I was younger and feeling lost I would draw. I wouldn’t say that i’m the best at drawing but i’m far from horrible. It would take me away for the time being, I would focus on nothing but making my art as perfect as possible. In middle school I loved going to art class, it was a time for me to let all of my frustrations out.
    Since then I have found new ways to relieve stress. In the last year I have been lucky to find someone who talks with me all about my stress and anxiety. Just being in his presence is soothing for me. Whenever I feel like breaking, he suggests we go on a drive. He’s always the one that drives while I hang my head out the window singing along to the radio. He is careful not to drive to fast because he knows i don’t like the ping of the fast wind on my face. Also he will take charge of the radio, making sure that I know the songs that are playing. The breeze and the music are incredibly relaxing to me and i’m so grateful to have him teach me new ways of relieving stress.
    It’s important to find your own way of relieving stress, it can make you feel like an all new person.

  21. Blake Barber
    October 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Blake Barber
    English 110-112

    Growing up often poses many stresses, whether it be classes, relationships, or even sports. Throughout my first three years of high school I was a soccer player. Soccer often posed much stress on me, I was one of the best defenders in our league but that didn’t stop the anxiety. I often stressed over the outcome, i worried that if i made a faulty play id lose the game for my team, i could no longer take the pressure and found myself not enjoying the sport. My senior year of high school i made a choice that has positively impacted me in so many ways, i decided to run cross country. I always knew that i was a good runner, unfortunately I just was never interested in “running for fun”. As i continued throughout my senior year and the season I learned more about myself through running, I became one of the best runners in my conference, I also found myself doing better academically. I truly learned that running was my escape from reality, after a long day of school nothing was better than lacing up my shoes and throwing on my watch and short shorts, winding through the woods up and down the hills, its a great feeling, a feeling that I can only get while running. It was November 2nd, 2016 , it was the regional cross country meet, the biggest race of my life. This is the meet to determine the top fifteen runners in which will further to the state meet. I was seeded fifteen, unforgettably i took sixteenth that day. I missed qualifying the division one state finals by .29 seconds. This really effected me, I found myself very stressed weeks following the race, however i continued lacing up my shoes and hitting the trails, i even signed with lake superior state to further my cross country career. Running is my escape, running is my escape from stress and reality, regardless of how hard workout may be i will always love it. next time you are feeling stressed, JUST RUN

  22. Brennan Bunker
    October 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Just like Miranda’s character in Station Eleven, and i’m sure about every other human being on this planet. I at times find myself trying to find an escape to take a break from whatever is being a drag. I guess there isn’t one thing in particular I do when I need a break. When back home and I need to escape I usually make my way down to the fire station and do some of the station work that needs done. There are several reasons this is relaxing, For the most part it’s because i’m doing what I love, and the second reason is we have the most comfortable futon down there and have took a tremendous amount of naps on it. Being that we are a pretty busy fire department if I time it right we will get a call when i’m down there which helps a lot to help me relieve stress. Another thing I do is go visit the guys at Grand Rapids Fire Department for the day or even the whole 24 hour shift. Depending on what station i’m at we usually run about 3-15 calls a day which gets my mind of things a lot. During the course of the day we usually make 2-3 walmart visits for food for the next meal then we have an amazing lunch/ Supper, while of course squeezing power naps and fire and medical calls between all of that which ends up being a busy but amazing day at the firehouse. Everyone has a different way to cope with their stress and this is what works best for me.

  23. Mia Bradley
    October 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    when I get stressed out I sing. It doesn’t matter what is going on, I will find a song that relates to it and I will sing about it. When I was in high school I wondered why exactly I did that. I found out for one, singing scientifically releases a chemical that causes stress. For two, music is such a relatable thing. It’s something that can say exactly what you don’t want to.It’s always been a stress reliever for me and that’s why Miranda wrote comics. It takes your mind off of what’s ever going on. You’re able to take a break and create something, or in my case sing. I honestly don’t know what i’d do if i didn’t sing. I mean even going on a walk and listening to music relieves stress. I think you really just need to be doing something that you love and take your mind off of everything for awhile.
    Miranda knows that people won’t understand her comics yet she continues to write them, why? because it’s a getaway. If people are going to do something that is beneficial to them then they should even if people don’t understand. I can sing some random song and people may not know why but I do and that’s all the matters.
    Talking to someone relieves stress and people don’t always know what a person is going through but they do their best to help and in the long run it’s beneficial to both sides. I honestly have more than one way to relieve stress and I think it just depends on the circumstances. Over all singing is my stress reliever and it did manage to get me through high school so it has to be doing something good. I think everyone needs to find their own escape. It really helps a lot.

  24. Joshua Gerrie
    October 5, 2017 at 12:12 am

    In the book “Station Eleven”, Miranda feels out of pace at her job, however, she likes her job because it gives her a nice, organized place away from home to be, and also gives her stability. Like Miranda, everybody has their one place or activity they like to spend time at/doing to help us get through time, and stay calm through situations. My favorite activity to do is fish. Growing up I would get to go fishing every once and awhile with my dad. We would maybe catch a few perch. Once I turned 12 my dad started letting me take the small boat out by myself. This is where i started really getting into and loving to fish. It helps take your mind off things, and you get to have some fun catching fish. Throughout the seven years it’s been, I have gotten more serious about fishing. I love to go spend my day out on the water and clear my head of any stuff that is going on. It gives you freedom, where you only have to focus on one thing, catching fish. Up until this year I only owned a little 14ft boat, I would always feel out of place fishing some tournaments next to many $30,000 plus boats, however, I never cared. This is kind of like Miranda and how she feels about her job. She thinks she doesn’t fit in because of her appearance, but she likes it because her job provides comfort and stability.

  25. Sharon Ayres
    October 5, 2017 at 8:08 am

    In Station Eleven, Miranda escapes the world mentally and emotionally through her comic books. Much like Miranda, I too have a way of coping and escaping the stress of the world. When I was about five, I took up drawing. Back then, for me, drawing was just a stupid little thing I would do to pass the time when I was grounded or when it was stormy and I couldn’t play outside. Now, drawing is not only my time passer, but it’s also my go-to stress reliever and my personal way of centering and dealing with life’s challenges. Drawing allows me to express myself and let all of my angers, worries, and the stress of day-to-day life go. I also do a lot of rollerblading and photography, and though I haven’t played on a team in years, I really love to play basketball. Slowly over time, however, drawing for my has transitioned and become more of general art; so not only do I draw but I paint, sculpt, I create art out of chalk and oil pastels, and colored pencils. Being 18 now, I’ve done everything from portraits of people to outdoor scenes and even mosaics. Although my art certainly isn’t like those of Claude Monet or Vincent van Gogh, I would like to think i’m relatively decent at what I do. I’m glad that something I love to do doubles up as a great stress relief and escape route; I truly don’t know what I would have done, had I not been able to express myself through my artwork.

  26. Kyra Vezina
    October 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Kyra Vezina
    Prof. McMyne
    ENGL 110-10
    October 4th, 2017
    Art as Refuge/Art as Anchor

    In the story Station Eleven written by Emily St. John Mandel, more specifically in part three of the story “I Prefer You With a Crown”, The character tends to fall towards her art to escape reality in a way. For example, in the text it stated that Miranda liked being at work, focusing on her comics as opposed to home with Pablo. Later on in section three, Miranda also falls towards her art when everybody else fails her. Aside from using art as a refuge, Miranda also used it as an anchor. Her developing story of beautifully drawn scenes was sometimes the only thing she was able to go to. When Miranda learned of Arthur’s affair with Elizabeth, her art was her anchor that kept her grounded.
    Similar to Miranda, all of us go through some pretty tough things in our lives, whether that be losing a family member, to even just having a bad day. No matter what that may be, we all can relate to Miranda at some points in our lives. Like Miranda, some lean towards art as an escape, others music, some sports, maybe even their favorite movie. Although the escape is different for each and every one of us, we all lean towards something to make us feel better.
    When I am feeling stressed, down, sad, mad, or whatever the case may be, I usually rely on volleyball or my guitar to help pick me up again. In the case of volleyball, when I play I am able to let out my anger and stress and everything seems to float away for a moment, like an escape from reality. Another example which is probably my anchor is my guitar. When I play my guitar, I usually feel a lot better than when I started. I relate it somewhat to Miranda with her art, because music is an art form; the guitar is my canvas while the pick is the brush. Although I am not always able to deal with life and the challenges it throws at me, I usually can use music and sports as a way to get away from everything.

  27. RogdreeAun Stein
    October 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Just like most people they have an escape from everything, and mines happens to be basketball whenever i’m angry or stressed out i go to the gym and just shoot until i’m done thinking about whatever going on at the moment. It all started in the 9th grade losing my dad was tough for me i wouldn’t even come home some days everybody would be wondering where i am then i meet a guy who explained to me that i would never be happy or in good mind set if i didn’t “find a happy place” and at first i thought my happy place would just be boxing but i found out for me that just built more anger in side so i tried basketball and its been the best decision for me since and probably will be forever. Another thing that helps me escape everything is music, it brings so many good vibes to me its insane what music can do it can change my whole mood in two seconds. Music has been something that’s been there forever and will never leave its probably the most common stress reviler in many different ways like if there wasn’t music i don’t know how the world would be i don’t even think i would be alive, music is a peaceful thing its very calming, you can feel it a lot of times that’s what makes it great you can find out a person or there mood jut by listening to the music they listen too. Mainly this why i think i can relate to Miranda because we all have problem and we all get through them a different way and like me it can be more than just one way of getting through them challenges are tough and if you don’t try to at least fight it or release some stress it’ll just keep building up inside you which can cause many problem. So yes i have many outlets like Miranda and these outlets help me get through a lot each and every day.

  28. Brent Knox
    October 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    When I am stressed out from doing different tasks varying from doing school work, to being frustrated when attaching a part to a computer. I will normally listen to music, play games on my computer, or play games on my PlayStation. If none of those things work then I will normally go for a walk which is normally between six and ten miles, then I will walk home after venting during the walk, and that’s when I finish whatever I was angry or frustrated at. Drawing schematics is also another thing that helps me to pass stress, because I get to draw something that I think would be cool to try to make someday. One thing I have drawn is a schematic that would allow me to build a desktop computer inside a laptop frame using only full size parts, but I need to build a custom case to hold the computer parts and a screen. Another thing that I’ve drawn is a custom TV stand that will double as a sub woofer box, and a full media center. Complete with a home theater PC, console, receiver, and cooling system for all the electronics. A couple genres of music that help me with dealing stress the best is russian folk metal, or German industrial metal.

  29. Kyle Wadlow
    October 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    My outlet for when things go wrong or change is running. I love to run. Running helps me clear my head and to help me focus on my life goals. When im running im thinking about my life and how I can better myself. I do not listen to music when i run because the sound of my feet spets on the pavement helps with my thinking. It helps me get in shape also and to keep my endurance up, so that i can stay lean and not get fat or gain any unnecessary weight. When I was rowing in 10th grade i hurt my knees doing jumpy’s. Which are just jump squats. When I went to the doctors they told me that I have tendonitis in both my knees. I could not run or row for at least 4 weeks or do anything that would hurt my knees. So I couldn’t go back to practice for that 4 weeks. I stayed home and trained my upper body and when that four weeks were over I came back faster and better than ever. When I would run it was like I was running for the first time. When I started rowing again I was stronger on the ergs than i had ever been. Hurting my knees was actually a good thing for me, it made me a stronger person and a faster athlete. It felt amazing to run again and now I run every day so I can be better tomorrow then I was today.

  30. Justin VanDyken
    October 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

    When life gets stressful my favorite activity to take my mind of off things is fly fishing. When I was in 7th Grade, I went with my grandpa to the annual Kalamazoo Valley Trout Unlimited Banquet. I ended up winning free fly tying lessons along with some other trout related accoutrements in the silent auction. A few months after the banquet, my grandpa and I decided to go to the lessons that I won and I learned how to tie my first fly. When trout fishing season rolled around he gave me my very first fly rod and this is where my passion for fly fishing started. Since then, it has and will always be my favorite thing to do. When I am ever stressed out or feel the need to “get away” for a little bit the first thing that comes to mind is to hit the river with a buddy or just my myself. There is nothing better than a brisk, late spring morning wading in the river with a friend, only concerned about hooking into some fish and having a good time. The tranquility of being in the river cannot compare to anything else. The sounds of the flowing water, birds chirping, and trout slurping bugs from the top of the water are music to my ears, and I would not trade it for anything. Getting lost in the river with not a care in the world is my escape from reality.

  31. Olivia Zevon
    October 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    An activity that helps me get through life is listening to music. No matter where I am, if I need to hear my favorite song, all I have to do is put in my earbuds. My favorite thing to do is go in my room, and play my music as loud as I can. I sing along when I feel like it, and I sit and just listen when I don’t. It gets me through the day. The best part of my day is singing along to my music in the shower. As long as no one is around, I’m comfortable enough to sing. Other times, I dance around my room. Even when I think I look silly, I enjoy myself, and it helps me laugh when I feel like screaming. It’s a way to get my energy out. Until college, I was took dance classes several times a week, and I loved it. There’s something about using your body to express emotion that’s wonderful and unique for everyone. Although I no longer dance in a group, I still feel that same joy when I hear music and dance alone in my room.

  32. Brandon Allen
    October 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    There are a couple outlets in my life that used to help me deal with life’s challenges. The biggest constant that helps me is my family. My family always has my back in any type of situation and I know they will always love me and be there for me. Yes, my parents can be really hard on me about grades and harping on me about the little things, but I know they just want the best for me. Another person in my family is my brother, no matter what he will always be my best friend and has a perfect person to go ask for advice, because he is 5 years older than me and has been through the difficulties in life. An activity I like to do that helps me clear my mind is to the gym and play basketball. This is something that I know that is always constant and will never change. Another person that I like to talk about my problems with is my girlfriend, I know she will always listen and give me her honest opinion on the situation.

  33. Micah Davis
    November 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Micah Davis
    Much like in the book, where she has an outlet like busy work and the things around her to keep her mind of the ever changing world I too have an outlet. When things get tough with school, work, family problems or even hearing of tragic events that are happening in the world, being in the woods with a bow in my hand seems to do the trick. For some people it is singing, others its painting a beautiful work of art, and even for some it could be running twenty miles and loving every second of it. For me and my passions there are two things that mean the most to me and help me whenever things get hard. Ever since I was a young boy my dad and grandfather have taken me into the woods hunting and raising me the way they themselves were. From having a background such as this it easy to see why the woods is my happy place and where I spend lots of my time. However being is the woods is something I enjoy and recommend there is another part to my outlet, my bow. From the time I was old enough to have my own bow I have loved every second of shooting and being indulged in the sport. whether I am hunting small game or shooting a target in the back yard is seems to make all the things around me be put on pause. With all people who have different ways of putting the stress of the world behind them, there is a way all of us can relate and dig deeper into this book.

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