Sometimes daydreaming can be so comforting. The holidays especially have me caught up in daydreams, Hallmark movies especially have me finding myself getting swept away in big expectations for a spectacular life. For some, these daydreams can be a place of refuge. A safe spot to go when real life is overwhelming, or just plain boring. But sometimes, daydreaming can be negative, when you find yourself escaping from the world do hide in the one you've created.
I'm working through the book "The Artists Way", and one of the exercises from week 1 got me thinking a lot about daydreaming and the lives I sometimes imagine myself living. The exercise asked you to imagine 5 lives for yourself. For example, I put down farmer, painter, ballerina, drag queen, pioneer, circus performer, maid, wandering minstrel, and a California hippy. (I really liked this exercise so I got carried away and did more than 5!) The second part of the exercise was to then go out and live the next week as if you have this life you imagined. So for me, I'm planning on dressing more hippy than usual, doing my hair and makeup every day, do some ballet dances, and clean. The exercise specifically called to get really into one particular imaginary life, but I decided to take bits and pieces from my favorites.
What I love about this concept is that it acknowledges that we all daydream about having a different life. For me, those daydreams are very special. They make me feel warm and happy, but pretty quickly I feel sad because I know they're all in my head. This exercise takes steps so you can make the world in your head come alive. It challenges you to go after what you've always subconsciously wanted and make it a reality.
I encourage you all to try this exercise yourself and see what you come up with. Have a little fun with it! Challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone and into an imaginary life you always dreamed of but never thought possible. Hopefully doing so will bring some warmth and excitement into these cold winter months.
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