Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Oh the irony... After spending years daydreaming about my characters suffering from car accidents, I am actually experiencing one of those horror stories for real. To cut the long story short, I was struck by a car while standing in the shoulder lane. The impact threw me over a cement wall/barrier. My injuries include two broken legs, broken right arm, knee ligament tears, and nerve damage in right arm. I actually have a total of seven fractures, but I can't remember all of those crazy scientific names. Two months have passed since then, and I'm still in a rehab center working to regain my walking ability. Although each step is very painful, I should be able to make a full recovery.
This experience has changed me in a lot of ways. As I see victims of accidents work hard in rehab everyday, I feel more and more inspired to go into Nursing or Occupational Therapy. I desire to help people who are going through the same thing. I'm also daydreaming far less than I used to. This surprised me because I expected my daydreams to work like a coping mechanism, as a means to escape the harshness of reality. But for the past two months, I have had it completely under control. I just focus on therapy, socializing, and planning my future during the day, and daydream a few minutes before bed at night. It doesn't pop out of nowhere or feel addicting anymore--I choose to daydream for having a little bit of fun. I've gone many days and nights without daydreaming about my characters at all!
To be honest, I no longer think of myself as having MD or being a Maladaptive Daydreamer, which is probably a great way to overcome it anyway. Sure, my daydreams had taken a large chunk of my life away and frustrated me to tears. But now I'm prioritizing and motivating myself so well that I can't imagine letting myself go like that ever again. I have way more important things to focus on that make me a happier person. I feel way more grateful for the things I had taken for granted, like walking and doing things independently. I can't wait to get back to normal so that I can live in the real world at my fullest. Surviving this accident feels like getting a second chance to do things better. :)