Where wild minds come to rest
I'm not sure when I started daydreaming like this, but it has been a very long time. As a child, I started adopting/creating fictional characters as my parents, siblings, and friends. That habit has continued to grow and evolve from childish daydreams when I couldn't sleep into daily daydreams that are a continuation of a story that has been happening for years. My daydreams are my safe space inside my own head, and they're what I turn to when life is too stressful. It's calming, and allows me to vent emotions I can't deal with in real life. So far, I haven't run into a lot of issues with my daydreaming affecting real life. I get the occasional stare for spacing off for too long and have been caught once or twice pacing in my room, but I can mostly stay focused on reality when it is necessary. I do have some concerns that I am a bit too emotionally detached from some of the people in my life due to the attachment I have to the folks in my daydreams, but that doesn't seem to have arisen as an issue in my relationships thus far.
Honestly, I was a little shocked to discover that there were so many people who have the same habits as I do, including the pacing and using driving time to daydream, but it is good to know that I am not so alone.