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Sound of Music Dreaming about rocking a concert crowd will spur one on
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Day dreams not only stimulate one’s imagination but also motivate people to bring them to reality, discovers NEETI SARKAR

How much of your time is consumed by building castles in the air? How often have you fancied going on a date with Johnny Depp or winning the lottery? As much as people reprimand you for whiling away time in wishful thinking, research tells us that day dreaming is good for health.

Different strokes

While some of us day dream about owning the F430, there are others who are caught up in an alternate world that doesn’t require any hard work to make it to the post of C.E.O. There are still many who have the whacky day dreams that don’t necessarily involve making it big in life or swimming in a pool of money.

Hemanth Balakrishnan, a medical student recollects a weird dream. “I randomly dreamt I was in Mysore and that the animals had escaped from the zoo. I saw all kinds of animals including a cross of a monkey and a tiger and a goose with elephant ears!” he quips.

“After being informed that I was given a promotion, I was so excited that I began day dreaming I was on my way to becoming the M.D. of my firm. Suddenly the phone in my cabin rang and I didn’t even realise I’d answered the phone saying, ‘Yes, you’re talking to the M.D.’ I got the shock of my life when I realised it was all a fantasy and what’s worse it was my M.D. who had called to congratulate me on my promotion,” says Raunak J.S., a corporate employee.

Often our day dreams could get us into trouble and cost us dearly. College student and athlete Ashish Prem says: “It had always been my desire to win the Best Sportsman trophy in school and just before the 100 meters race in my last year of school, I began dreaming about winning the gold. I was so lost in that day dream that only a few seconds after I heard the gunshot I realised the race had begun and ended up getting a third. It was a huge disappointment!”

As renowned author Larry Niven has said, “Everything starts as somebody’s daydream,” day dreams have also been found to help creative people like musicians and artists.

Says Arvind Theodore, a 20-year-old keyboardist: “I often dream I’m playing a very difficult piece of music in front of a humungous audience. And a daydream like this does help me because when I snap out of it I’m actually motivated to learn that particular piece and I start practising more intensely.”

Trance inspiration

For young guitarist Sridhar Vardarajan, “A day dream influences my compositions. Whether it is something romantic or sad, day dreams do affect the music I play.”

Apart from this he also says that his day dreams help him realise what he actually wants to do in life. More often than not, employers are angered when they find employees day dreaming, after all who has time to waste in this fast paced world? Day dreamers are thought to be unproductive as well. School Counsellor Shireen Sait says, “It’s fine to day dream as long as one doesn’t spend too much time on it. Also, engaging oneself in fantasy to evade work is not something that is accepted. However, a day dream could help us detach from reality for a few moments and enjoy a world that’s not ours.”

Psychologist Shruthi Ahluwalia is of the opinion that “Day dreams are definitely good for one’s well being. In fact, day dreams stimulate one’s imagination and could also motivate one to do or achieve something. The best part about day dreams is that it helps you see yourself doing the impossible.

“Day dreams often encourage us to take action. They make us look ahead and even take on the future bravely.

“Such day dreams work as a strong source of inspiration and inspiration is something that man needs to take the leap.”

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