Daydreams Essay: Exam Question

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A day dream is defined as ‘a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention from the present’. In my opinion, a daydream is not a frivolous activity practiced only by a doe eyed schoolgirl during an unendurable French lesson. A daydream acts as a subconscious portal which allows one to escape from ones everyday life of stress and negative circumstances. One could almost say it is chewing gum for the mind. Of course, some differ in that view. A critically acclaimed author Ian McEwan said “The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ” his opinion is that daydreaming is a self depressant and that it would only make the
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Mozart also believed that daydreaming was a process of greatness “All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a lively dream” I find it amazing that one daydream, just one, can create a ripple effect and change the world. This tiny thought which is considered insignificant, at first look, can cause an action which is very much significant, in the long term.

The positive effects of daydreaming are limitless but of course, daydreaming also has its negative aspects. There is a time when daydreaming can be useful and productive, but other times it can cause you to lose focus and you can miss out. There is a time for fantasy but there is also a time for reality. But overall, my opinion is that daydreaming is positive when one is not daydreaming constantly and about bad things, which can result in depression. Daydreams can be very influential on a person’s mental health. If one is only thinking about negative possibilities, their outlook on life becomes cloudy and hopeless. I once heard someone say ‘How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there danger if their coming true.’ Just because one imagines something it does not mean they want it to come true. The fact that daydreams are just daydreams makes them free to anyone with an imagination.

Daydreaming is an activity for all ages; one does not have to be of a