I was always super independent as a kid. I always wanted to be in my own little world and do my own thing separately from everyone else. Including my family.
In elementary school I used to get up really early and walk to school like an hour before it opened and just hang out there by myself. It felt like I had the whole school to myself, almost like I was the only person left on Earth because I was alone in a location that under normal circumstances was such a flurry of activity. I got a big kick out of that. Transforming a place that was normally held in common into my very own.
But anyway, I would run off all the time as a kid as early as like 4th or 5th grade grade and when I became a teenager I would be gone all day long or all weekend sometimes. I never wanted to be anywhere near my family especially my parents. And not because I hated them lol, they're really nice people. I just craved doing things on my own and liked the relative seclusion. And as conservative as they were, they seemed to get that and let me go off on my own whenever I wanted. They actually usually encouraged it, I think they thought I'd mature quicker or something.
Everybody knows you only live a day but it's brilliant anyway