The only escape is being right here.
Life is about ups and downs, but the fun thing is that we overestimate what's happening to us. When we're happy, we feel that we are in control. Finally, we've worked everything out. When we're unhappy, we feel let down, nothing is going our way, if only we'd be able to fix our lives. In Buddhism this is called Samsara, the continuous grasping for the next instance, moment, possession, that will make us happy. Only to find out that we don't need what is happening to us next, but that we need to need. Feeling the need to have something, and then getting it, makes us happy. Or so we think.
What we are denying is that things pass. Nothing ever stays the same. And it's a good thing it doesn't. If everything would stay the same, we would be unable to cook water to make tea, or even: we would never fall in love. So on some level we like change. But on another level we don't. We don't like our tea to get cold and we don't like falling out of love.
Some people say that happiness is about acceptance. Accepting that where you are now, is the perfect place to be. Of course, you can be ambitious, know what's important in life and striving to get better. However, it takes the most courage to stay here, just where you are, instead of escaping into how life could be better. Staying here is the best way to escape the ups and downs, no more Samsara, but mindfulness. Enjoying life while it lasts.