Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Make Time to Daydream

I don't know about you, but I miss daydreaming. My life is so busy and full with wonderful things - children, family, friends, work, but I am having difficulty finding any time to stare out the window and daydream.

I need to, my writing life needs me to, my sanity needs me to.


Maybe blogging is a modern form of daydreaming? But no, I'm searching for meaning in my thoughts here. Daydreaming is freedom from thought. To quote Winnie-the-Pooh: How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue . . .

I am running ten workshops this semester, working with kids and teens I admire and who inspire me with their capacity to daydream, to free associate, to build castles in the air. I challenge them, trick them to break through and follow up their dreams with thought. I need to practice what I preach.

I used to be a big daydreamer - so big, that I was self-destructive. I used to build castles in the air and then try to move in, inevitably falling on my face, wondering how on earth I (figuratively) broke my legs.

But I don't want to be the other extreme, do I? I need to make time to lie in the grass and make up worlds in the clouds, to stare out windows imagining inner and outer lives.

If I am not running a workshop, I am driving to one or I am constantly emailing or in meetings or training, and I play word games on my I-phone to relax, sometimes even to put me to sleep. I am constantly plugged in.

But my brain needs time during the day as well as the night, to dream and process things through my sub-conscious.

Last weekend I got my first speeding ticket. Ever. A tangible reminder to slow down, yet I haven't been able to do that.

So this is me confessing, me wanting to get right with myself and the world. I need to slow down. I've written about saying "yes" to things, but I also need to learn how to say "no", so that I can take care of myself and recharge my batteries with sweet nothingness.

On the next warm, sunny day, I vow to lie in the grass and have a date with the clouds. Will you join me?


  1. Thank you for the reminder to make time to daydream. I too will try lying somewhere to just watch the clouds, and maybe build a castle or two. That would be so lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Mieke for stopping by! Thank you for joining me on the grass!

  2. Lena,
    Reading my mind, are you? I am forcing (isn't that awful) myself to stop and just go with whatever comes into my head as a way to daydream. I do miss it and as I let it come back, I get excited when I let my thoughts just go. So slow down and try it! wear something dark so we don't get grass stains!!

  3. Day-dreaming is wonderful, Lena. But you're right on how it can get self-destructive, too. Sometimes I find myself fantasizing so much that I don't have enough energy for the dreams I can turn into reality!


  4. IT's a balancing act, for sure. Daydreaming is one of my favorite activities.

  5. What a great post! This is all so true. I love to daydream, and it's such a beautiful thing, especially for a writer... =)

  6. Hi AnnaKate! Thank you so much for stopping by, I'm so glad that you left a comment!

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