Daydreaming: Creating entire worlds inside your head

Illustration of a girl journaling while sitting on her bed, by Nishali Naik
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Daydreaming gives you limitless possibilities to achieve whatever you’d like. Think about it: You literally have the ability to close your eyes right now and dream about anything in the entire world. If you’ve never seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” I recommend you watch it right away. The film follows a man who holds a wild imagination and experiences moments in which he feels as if he’s on top of the world in the form of daydreams. I hope to convince you to be like Walter Mitty, to never be afraid of dreaming and to explore the depths of your imagination, as this is one of the most beautiful secrets in life.

Daydreaming has carried me into an entirely new realm of thinking and living. Launching my unbridled imagination has afforded me the liberty for my mind and soul to travel to places I’ve never been to. I am only in my early 20s, yet I’ve created new worlds and lived many lives: I’ve met a family with 13 adopted children from 13 different countries, a girl who leaves behind roses with each step and a man who could travel to any city with a snap of his fingers.

Growing up, daydreaming fostered my creativity and enlivened new worlds in my mind, and it continues to do so. It ultimately shaped me into the person I am today. It inspires me to remain optimistic of future endeavors. It’s where my vision continues to encourage new ideas that will propel me into a life of adventure and opportunities.

I believe daydreaming is so important because it connects to the idea of “manifesting.” To explain, let’s say you’ve always wanted to move to London after graduating from UC Berkeley. Well, studies say that if you want it to happen and you think about London every single day, daydreaming of where you might live and where you might work, you’ll turn the dream into a reality. How does this work? If a dream is always on your mind, your mind will subconsciously work in the background to encourage you to do things such as conducting research in your spare time and setting aside objects in a box that you might want to take when you move. And trust me, this can work for anything. If you want to get to know a student in one of your classes better and you daydream scenarios where you ask them for coffee, chances are you’ll slowly gain the courage to go ask them out.

Everyone daydreams. But I encourage you to fully give in to your imagination and daydream all day, every day. With boundless opportunities that lie in your future, utilize your imagination as a tool for escaping the chaos of the world we live in and enter into an innovative realm where you can finally have total control over everything that happens.

So what are you waiting for? Daydream away!

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