Where do you do your best dreaming? I’m not talking actual sleep dreaming, I mean, day dreaming, possibility dreaming. When your mind goes elsewhere and comes back with something new, something clearer, or just, something. Anything really.
I’ve never really been a grand Walter Mitty imaginer (Yes, go see it, if only for the cinematography and the soundtrack). But my answer for any run-of-the-mill, where-do-you-dream questioning (and pretty much every question) is: It depends.
If you’re talking about idea dreaming, that happens in the shower/bath or the car. Work dreaming, in the grocery store. Life dreaming, anywhere really, as long as I’m folding laundry. Folding laundry is the key for me. I have no idea why this is. And honestly, I’ve never really thought about this dreaming compartmentalization. But now that I think about it, it’s true.
So when I was at the grocery store last week, I had the best idea. In fact, I was positive it was the best idea I’ve had in a really long time. And I couldn’t wait to get home and start looking into how I was going to start doing this best idea ever.
This house is for sale in Austin. It basically costs a million dollars. One of you should buy it.
But by the time, I’d driven home, I had already punched 500 holes in the idea… and now I’m working on filling those back up.
Or maybe I’ll just lace a red ribbon through one of those punched holes and hang it on the tree next to the new swing that Helen Jane gave me. The swing has some words carved into it…”One day I’ll touch the stars.” Nice one, Swing.
And all the while, I’ll be thinking about the possibilities and dreaming. And living out the confusions until they become clear.
Because it doesn’t really matter what the idea is. What matters is getting from the dreaming into the doing. And even though it’s not a thing, the main thing is, I have a small inkling of a big idea that could be…and that’s a fun way to start the year. So I’m going to be working on that for the next couple of weeks. And talking to friends. And making lists. And figuring out if I can fill the holes, connect the dots, and make it happen.
So, I guess what I’m really curious about…when you have a dreamy dream, what do you do to make it a real thing? Because that’s the real question, isn’t it.
Soundtrack: Rogue Wave, Lake Michigan