I remember spending hours in class looking through the windows of my classrooms. I was never focusing on what was happening outside the window, it was just what my body and my mind wanted to do.
Of course, all of my teachers asked me to stop daydreaming and pay attention to them. And for many years I thought they were right and daydreaming was wrong. I should focus instead.
But I kept doing it.
And my grades got better. The more I was daydreaming, the faster I had to learn (I was not aware of the explanations the teacher gave so I had to figure it out on my own).
The more I was daydreaming, the more I started writing, painting and conceiving projects. I was not just going to school, taking exams and watching TV. My internal world got bigger and I started expressing it more.
The older I got, the more I was stressed, the more I daydreamed. It allowed me and my body to disconnect from the sources of stress and relax. Daydreaming was the best way I knew how to clear my mind and be space.
Today daydreaming is like a meditation for me. It is something I do, it is part of my day. I can’t schedule it, it has to be when my body and my mind need a break but oh boy does it feel great!!
Now I realize the teachers thought that unless students look at them or in their general direction they are not listening and therefore they are not learning.
These are all wrong conclusions. More and more research show the benefit of daydreaming. I don’t need the research, I know it is one of the ways I get to create much more than what is obvious to the eyes.
Daydreaming was supposedly one of my weaknesses and appeared often on my school report as a problem but I don’t think I would have done well in school if I had stopped daydreaming.
Don’t stop daydreaming. It’s your choice too.