Why You Should Never Stop Daydreaming

I was a big daydreamer in grade school. Kids teased me for zoning out and referred to me as, “out to lunch.” Adults reprimanded me for “building castles in the sky.” One teacher called me, an absent-minded wool-gatherer.” I was reminded often that I was a day late and a dollar short. 

When an adult first told me I was on cloud nine, I literally looked up.

Not much has changed. My attention span is still short. I read magazines, not books. And I will only read the article after first confirming it is less than two pages in length. Anything longer feels unmanageable and overwhelming.

My restless mind is always searching the internal and external world.

Is my wandering mind counter-productive to my creativity?  Does it fuel my creativity and guide me to create strategies, plan activities, organize thoughts, and explore options.

Daydreaming has its merits. 

Earlier today, I daydreamed about creating a tap dancing app whereby choreographers could enter a piece of music or a time code sequence and the app would scan various tap steps and foot and motion patterns to determine which ones work best given the selected music. I don’t know if I’ll follow-through with this idea, but I enjoyed the process.

Daydreaming is the mind’s way of revealing to you some interesting ideas and thoughts. Embrace your ideas. Write them down.

In a world where we’re inundated with e-mails, texts, tweets, RSS feeds, blogs, newsletters, and social platforms – it’s nice to temporarily check out by going within.

“One man’s daydreaming is another man’s novel.” ~Grey Livingston
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