Blocking Out the Real World


Did you ever want to just escape? Everyone does. You hear it everywhere nowadays. “If I could just go to an island all by myself.” This is due to the demand of everyday life that we sometimes put on ourselves. I wish there was a place that I could go to sometimes to hide away and take me to a time where bills and responsibilities didn’t exist.  I discovered that place exists within me. When I feel like escaping, I plug my earphones in and listen to New Kids on The Block songs. People laugh and joke about me still being a New Kids fan at 37 years old, but for me it is something more. As soon as I hear I’ll be Loving You Forever or Hangin’ Tough my brain takes me back to being an 11 year old girl who had no care in the world except to decide which New Kid was going to be my husband one day (obviously I didn’t marry Jordan Knight.) I remember sitting in front of my television waiting for the cartoon to come on or listening to the Christmas album on a cassette tape. Now I have the “album” on Spotify or ITunes…oh how the times have changed.

I still to this day get that feeling (the one we can’t explain) when I hear their name or one of their songs. I even act like that 11 year old little girl when I find out they are going to be coming back in concert. I turn into an animal. I start calling people and letting them know the date, time and hour that they will be going on pre-sale. Oh no…We don’t wait for the regular sale.  I have been to several concerts, I’ve lost track. When I’m there screaming and throwing my hands in the air like I just don’t care(my son’s favorite new saying)I’m at that place…that island all by myself.  I will be going on “vacation” again in June.  I’m sure a lot of us will be taking that same trip.  Until then…”Back to Life”…

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