The importance of a daydream

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I have always daydreamed. It’s something I used to feel a bit ridiculous about before I found out that it’s also known by the terms manifesting or visualization. It was one of the things I would do when everyone else was napping. I never could nap.

Daydreaming was the way I would map out my plans, make up stories, come up with phrases for the first page of the novels I’ve never written. Daydreaming allowed me to work through problems I was having right before a dance recital or orchestra concert. I could visually play through the music or dance through a piece every night before bed and actually make the physical changes the next day during rehearsal.

These days, I map out how I’m going to conduct a shoot through daydreaming, the things I’m going to remind myself of. I visualize myself keeping the camera up longer, shooting the in-between moments, not getting sucked into the void of shooting how I think I’m supposed to but rather seeing my clients in front of me. I visualize where I’m going to set my gear, how I’m going to carry it. Will I have Ben shooting the ceremony over my shoulder or being in the back of the space to capture a different angle. If something is really important, I write it down. I make a list or I write down a blurb or phrase that came to my mind.

When I daydream, it’s kind of like I took that little green pill in the Queen’s Gambit and am playing my chess game on the ceiling. Except I do it without a green pill, and I don’t know how to play chess. I bring the scene so clearly to the front of my mind that I can see every detail and lay out every pro, every con, every mistake I don’t want to make, every solution to the problems. And yes, I fix the problems right here, in this visualization, because I truly believe that if I can’t mentally find a solution right there, then the physical solution can’t come when I need it to.

Daydreaming has helped me to achieve my goals in a way that feels structured, planned out, and organized. It helps me to prepare myself before walking into the situations that may be new for me or that I feel rusty on. Then writing the notes down on paper makes it all concrete.

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