My most interesting moments often takes place in my head.
I believe it’s because of how reactive the combination of creativity and introversion truly is (yes, I just compared human traits to chemical reactions, deal with it 😝).
I like the current Wikipedia definition better than the definitions from other sources. Wikipedia’s version is more descriptive and detailed, so I’ll use it:
“Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass [happening], and experienced while awake” (Wikipedia, 2017).
As a creative introvert, my most dramatic, most hilarious, most imaginative, most savage, most graphic, and most horrifying responses to reality remain unsaid and undone. Instead, they’re kept as thoughts, fun thoughts created solely for my enjoyment.
So yes, I’ve been daydreaming long enough and hard enough to know the pros and cons of the activity.
Pros of Daydreaming
Free time doesn’t have to be wasted time.
As a daydreamer, any idle moment, like time spent showering, or eating, or waiting for sleep, or on the weekends when you postpone starting your day…can be used to daydream. Fifteen minutes, thirty minutes, even an hour, goes by very fast when the mind is busy. And daydreaming happens to be an addictive task, much more pleasurable than absorbing yourself in worry.
Daydreams birth new ideas and perspectives.
Daydreams can visually represent your ideas to you. It gets you excited, and mostly importantly, keeps you thinking, brainstorming! Personally, I’ve created and finished short stories and a couple of projects based on my daydreams.
Daydreams enhances your creativity.
It puts your creativity to use, keeps it healthy and active (yes, as though creativity was a body part). As a creator, you may appreciate the vastness of the mind. With focus, the possibilities of visual imagery are endless.
For example, I could daydream about the life I want to have in the next 10 years:
- Acquired a Bachelor Degree (2019) • Acquired a Master’s Degree (by 2024) • Have a stable Corporate job • Bought a house • Have strong relationships (with my family and friends) • Have a published book
And I see it, as clear as day.
Cons of Daydreaming
The temporary loss of reality can be quite inconvenient.
Although we get to choose when and what we fantasize about, stopping a daydream is quite difficult, especially when it’s such a good one.
Daydreaming can steal a lot of time and attention at the worst times. For example, daydreaming on a bus or train might cause you to miss your stop, daydreaming in class would be the reason you don’t retain information, daydreaming while cooking (yeah…don’t do that), daydreaming while babysitting (don’t do that either), daydreaming while driving (just don’t!)
A daydreamer should fantasize only when (at that moment) they have no duty that requires their full attention. Daydreaming should be a method of relaxation, not a distraction.
There isn’t really a stealthy/sneaky way to daydream in public.
Daydream is a common, short-lived, everyday state.
If you are truly daydreaming, truly absorbed in your fantasy, you cannot control your physical demeanor/appearance.
People who daydream are awake, staring into oblivion (sometimes unblinking), with a thoughtful smile, or thoughtful frown. To an outsider, a daydreamer might look troubled, even though they are just fantasizing about their hopes and dreams.
The outsiders might try to get a daydreamer out of their bubble and back into reality…but it’s quite difficult to get people out of a daydreaming state with a gentle voice, and that’s why daydreamers often get the hand wave in front of their faces, or the repeated name calling, or a tap on the shoulders, or a random loud noise ringing in your ears, that pulls them out of oblivion.
Daydream during times when you have nothing to do, and when and where you’re not expected to act a certain way.
If you not comfortable daydreaming in public you can save it for when you’re in your home or anywhere else that gives you that comfort feeling (for example, a library gives me the same comfort feeling my home would).
- Daydreaming is common as a short-lived state
- We choose when and where our daydreaming occurs.
- Daydreaming/fantasizing can motivate people to reach their goals
- Forgetting (for a moment) what you were doing before a daydream is quite common.
So yes, daydream about your hopes and ambitions,
but also daydream with care.
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