The first time I ever went on a silent retreat, I shared a room with another woman, whom I had never met.
As soon as the alarm went off the first morning, groaning and reaching for the snooze button, I looked over across the room at my roommate. Groggy as I was, what I saw had quite an impression on me. Immediately when the alarm went off, she rose from her bed, knelt, kissed the floor, and said a prayer. Then she set about quietly getting ready. She did the same the next morning.
One cannot and should not get away from the reality that surrounds you, but that doesn't mean that you should go with it or accept it. Life is a continuous school of learning and we must learn and share our lessons learned with others.