Can any of us live solely in the realm of reality? Without the occasional escape into the kingdom of fantasy can our lives be bearable? Is it so terrible to imagine that we are someone else, or our lives are different than they actually are? Can any of us be thought less of because we dare to envision a different world for ourselves? Might we truly be alive without our dreams?
Reality can weigh so heavily on us and become such a burden; some cannot endure the strain it places on us. The seemingly insurmountable obstacles that present themselves in our lives necessitate the escape into the world of imagination and fantasy. Some call the escape daydreaming and may see it as a foolish waste of time.
It’s not only acceptable but mandated that we take phantasmal excursions away from the drudgery of everyday life and all the things it hurls at us. Allow the illusions of carefree afternoons to fill the mind and dream of warm nights spent on tropical islands with the sounds of waves touching the beaches.
Daydreaming is permissible and even encouraged. Envisioning a life devoid of the hardships, heartaches and disappointments dealt with in this one is something that must be encouraged. I applaud the idea of dreaming of things that did not, and may never happen.
Imagine that you are the ruler of a vast kingdom or dream that you are a hobo riding the rails without a care in the world. Picture yourself in the Amazon rain forest where the only sounds you hear are those created by the rushing water and the birds singing just for your ears alone. Let your mind take you to the top of Mount Everest where you can gaze upon the whole world slumbering below you.
You can put fear into the hearts of lions, and Tigers and Bears; oh my, or you may be compelled to summon all the courage you have to slay the most fearsome fire-breathing dragon. Don’t be amazed if you gain the power to grant wishes or transform the world into a better place. Anything is possible; all you have to do is daydream.
It is universally acknowledged that, while daydreaming, a person cannot be held responsible for remembering anything said to them. In fact, it is considered to be poor etiquette to speak to anyone while they have that faraway look in their eyes. Once you have seen that look in the eyes of a daydreamer the image stays with you forever.
Everyone possesses the talent to daydream but those with the wish to escape the ordinary are more adept at the art. Those that feel the need to lead more serious structured lives, and who lack the ability to freely create fantasies may find daydreaming more difficult. I feel sorry for those people.
I’m not suggesting that we lose touch with reality or live unremittingly in a world of fantasy and dreams. Our practical and common sense side must continue to be the dominant characteristic for all of us. I am stating, without any reservation, that unless we all have a means to escape, even for a few moments, the stress and sometimes sadness of our everyday existence can tug at the very fabric of our being and cause us to question even our sanity itself.
Sir James Matthew Barrie dreamed of children that took flight, fairies and a world called Neverland. He left the world of reality as he fantasized about pirates, a crocodile and Tinker Bell. That was a world that grown-ups could not enter as they had long ago lost their ability to immerse themselves in the realm of fantasy. Their youthful imagination had slipped away as they matured and succumbed to the pull of adulthood, and the tale of Peter and the “Lost Boys” was forgotten. Allow your daydreams to keep you young forever no matter how old you may be.