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When I was younger, daydreaming gave me an escape from an inescapable situation. But it also stunted the future in a lot of ways. Most importantly, it took away drive. As Thomas Edison once said "Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure".

Which begs the question "Has Mdd helped or hurt you more?"

If it helped, how?

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This is a tricky question! It used to be an escape from the real world because my life is, quite frankly, very dull. When my daydreaming started to become obsessive, it became a problem. On the other hand, my daydreams do inspire my artwork.

No at all it keeps me away from progress and from myself. One day, I asked myself what I really like and what hate in this life then I discovered that my daydream makes me far away from knowing me instead It makes me some else.

My day dreams also make me someone else, instead of being conscious that I'm here in reality. Whenever I think of myself as that made up person, people will just react to the 'real me' that they're seeing, and even make comments on that funny accent I'm putting on and that peculiar mannerism I display. So, it's as if to them, I am being this pretentious goof.

MDD helped me to extend my creativity even further, making up great tv show/movie material I would never have thought of. The negative aspect to this, however, is how it's fully taken over me. It stops me from reaching my full potential (Successfully getting work done, etc.) and when combined with my procrastination tendencies it's a living hell. 

True, my MDD always boosts my creativity when painting and sketching, and brainstorming design ideas for all media, and it really works. MY results are way more intriguing to viewers. Regardless, I tend to procrastinate too much and don't want to do anything, because I'm so busy dwelling in my head. Scary thing is, I find it hard to climb back out of it and start getting very productive again.

I am the exact same. As soon as I start getting invested in my own personal stories I made up in my head/new characters I've created and their heavily-detailed backstories, I completely forget to finish my work. I just suddenly shoot up from my seat and start walking around the house. This habit has gotten worse over the past few months, where I would end up pulling all-nighters to do my work (Kind of reclaiming back the hours I wasted during the daytime daydreaming).

Silver Swan said:

True, my MDD always boosts my creativity when painting and sketching, and brainstorming design ideas for all media, and it really works. MY results are way more intriguing to viewers. Regardless, I tend to procrastinate too much and don't want to do anything, because I'm so busy dwelling in my head. Scary thing is, I find it hard to climb back out of it and start getting very productive again.

I'm torn. I'm a writer so daydreams sometimes feed what I write. On the other hand I've recently realized that several friends who are younger than me but further along in their careers got there because they are probably not hampered by this problem. Time spent daydreaming about being a bestselling author kept me from doing the hard work it takes to actually be one. I came to this realization literally just this week.

This. I am an actress and filmmkaer but I have done more in my head than in real life. I am just now starting to actually live in reality more though I still struggle with my MDD on a daily basis. I feel as if I have wasted a huge part of my life living inside my head. It sucks. 

Yep, I totally get it. That's what MDD does, it lies to you and it steals your time. I'm in the same boat of realizing how much of time I've wasted not paying attention to reality, and now everyone around me is so much further along in their life, and career.

Yeah, tell me, I am in the exact same situation. Today I felt so bad. I haven't been listening to my family lately. I had no idea my sister had a surgical orthodontist appointment on the same time of morning as my interview. I don't drive a car! (because I do MDD so much). I thought my mom was driving me, but she had to drive Francine to her appointment. My morning bus was a total no-show. So, my mom reluctantly drove me to the nearest freeway bridge to my destined job location. On the way, she was cursing and swearing in such a loud hoarse voice. She told me that I live on another planet, that I'm not a baby anymore and I'm over 30, yet I'm still don't behave like a grownup. She wondered why I asked for bus fare and woke up so late, when I should be prepared well in advanced for my interview. She even wished she could win a big lottery so she can afford my sister and I our own condominiums where we can get our own food and stuff. It was so embarrassing!! I felt so ill for the rest of the day. This isn't even the first time we had this discussion.

Meanwhile, I look at my other peers and everybody else, and they're actually living their lives as they should be. I honestly don't know what possessed me to daydream that much and believe it that much. MDD lies to you because it manifests into your wishful thoughts. You want something, your DREAM will create it in your mind. In real life, you must actually make sure it happen through hard work and self-discipline, unfortunately.

I always believed you couldn't be somewhere else to be an actress, I guess it all depends.

Stasia OBrien said:

I'm torn. I'm a writer so daydreams sometimes feed what I write. On the other hand I've recently realized that several friends who are younger than me but further along in their careers got there because they are probably not hampered by this problem. Time spent daydreaming about being a bestselling author kept me from doing the hard work it takes to actually be one. I came to this realization literally just this week.

This. I am an actress and filmmkaer but I have done more in my head than in real life. I am just now starting to actually live in reality more though I still struggle with my MDD on a daily basis. I feel as if I have wasted a huge part of my life living inside my head. It sucks. 

I always believed you couldn't be somewhere else to be an actress, I guess it all depends.

What do you mean?

Paying attention to life, and all of the demands can feel overwhelming to people like us, it can even feel  scary. I'm really struggling with this right now, and it sucks, but I'll take being present for my life over DDing it away like I use to.

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