Daydreaming numb numbyness…
Ah to daydream, that part of everybody’s mind that likes to take a wander down the road marked ‘What about this?’ or ‘Now for something completely different’, to use a Python-ism.
The best thing about daydreaming is the complete lack of structure to it; no rules, no conformity, just living in the moment. Unlike dreams experienced in REM sleep, you have control over where it takes you. You wanna leap off that mountain wearing lead boots that at the last moment turn into rockets that thrust you into a park giving away free ice-cream? Go for it, it’s your daydream extravaganza no matter how weird it is.
What is slightly more difficult is applying the daydreaming way of thinking into real life. OK, so you’re not realistically going to invent rocket boots (the military have dibs on that one), however you are able to go about your daily life without the need of being told by the less open-minded amongst us what we should be doing.
It reminds me of the song ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and in it the line “What will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?” as of course these are the only questions that matter whilst growing up. Oh to be simple, but the reason I bring up that famous Doris Day song is the answer her mother gives in it which is, of course, “Que Sera, Sera; whatever will be, will be; the future’s not ours to see,” It’s only now I realise how unhelpful that sentiment is.
It shows a complete lack of interest, batting off the questions with a simple “Whatever” in a Liam Lynch kind of way. I know what you’re thinking, “But Johnny, it’s just a song and a bit of fun, it’s meant to be positive...” Firstly, it’s Mr Volcano to you and secondly, let me finish.
Though ‘Que Sera, Sera’ is ultimately a way of saying “Don’t worry about it, relax,” and will always be seen as a positive thing to say, at the same time it is not really what you want to hear. If you confided in someone the worries you had with your life and their response was “Que Sera, Sera,” it wouldn't really fill you with optimism, would it? If you saw a shrink and their response was “Doris once sang ‘whatever will be, will be’, be like Doris,” you wouldn't leave feeling better, would you?
This is why the numbness of daydreaming is a good thing. You can escape from the world for a brief moment to focus on whatever you want. Hopefully you will constructively daydream about something that gives you direction and inspiration of course, rather than pondering about what would happen if both your arms turned into giant spoons and you had to brush your teeth before the big presentation? (easy, you get a friend to do both durrr.)
Use the power of daydreaming, embrace it, it’s how all the great thinkers of our species started to make a difference. And remember, if anyone tells you “don’t worry about it” or “that’s a waste of time”, just blankly stare through them, smile and let your mind drift away. Bliss.