Dreamy Dream.

January 13, 2014

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  

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  • Reply Laurie January 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Helen Jane makes great things seem possible, just like you. I like that about you guys.

    This whole post made me feel happy and excited and hopeful for another one of your ideas. I’m also a car/shower person for idea dreaming. Weird thing: I will take an extra short shower at night when I need to walk away from something I’m writing that needs editing help, or a thing I really need to finish that’s stuck. It’s successful without fail. Life dreaming happens lately on the couch. I got an assignment from someone to let myself sit and watch bad tv, or good escapist tv, and not do anything else at the same time, because I wasn’t even letting myself relax in that way. It’s amazing how many things have come to the surface in my brain as a result. Best assignment ever.

  • Reply Stacey January 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    LOVE this post! I day dream when I’m inspired! From a good movie, story, or person…. anything that stikes me.
    I need the help with the ‘making things happen’ part! 🙂
    LOVE. THAT. HOUSE. SO. MUCH…. I’m crying a little.

  • Reply EmilyCatherine January 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I’m in the middle of making it happen right now. Wouldn’t you know it, it really -is- about the journey.

    Recommend Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott; it’s not just about writing.

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