Today I was going to write about living during the lockdown – living simply, going back to basics, thinking, tidying, reading, following routine etc.. and all these things are helpful, but somehow the words weren’t flowing. Maybe we have had enough of ‘lockdown motivation’.
Perhaps some escapism is needed!
I have read a lot of books recently and it’s interesting to note how I have picked books that often aren’t the same in subject matter yet still seem to be inextricably linked – one passage will strike a chord and I realise I have read something similar somewhere else. Perhaps there is a hidden thread running that I am being led to unravel, or maybe it is there for me to hold on to, to lead me to what I need to know or imagine. It is good to let the imagination run wild from time to time.
I have always been a bit of a ‘dreamboat’ and now I have time to indulge in daydreaming without feeling guilty. The great thing about daydreaming is that we can create our own scenes, different scenarios and the best outcomes. If we don’t like cold weather we can imagine a warm and sunny climate. We can wear our best outfits and say exactly the right thing at the right time! How many of us have wished for that?!
With new music added every day to my Spotify library to add to the atmosphere, and with new structures to my day, I am finding time for my mind to wander along different avenues, make up new stories and adventures, some of which may come true one day. But even if they don’t, I have been there, I have walked along those avenues, conjured up pleasant scenarios and outcomes, met new people. With eyes closed I have seen places I have never seen before.
Perhaps escapism, at least for a little while each day, is more important now than ever. It is a state of mind that helps us picture new places, new beginnings and healthy surroundings, recovery and freedom. It takes the weight on our shoulders.
Escapism is not negative. It does not reflect a deep dissatisfaction with our existence. It helps us to make sense of a complicated and scary world.
At the moment, we cannot get lost in a weekend away or go out for a fancy dinner, neither can we cannot travel to distant shores. But we can take five minutes out of our new and rather enforced routine to gaze out of the window and dream…….
Garden of Dreams
Once I dreamed I was in a magical wood;
A carpet of violets where I stood.
The nightingale sang to the velvet night
And set a myriad of stars alight.
And the lofty trees bent their branches low
To fold me in their arms below,
In that peaceful land of sleep.
And alone amidst the scented flowers
I felt the peace of the night-time hours
Settle round me like the softest cloth;
A tapestry woven with the spirit of love.
And I tumbled through a mystic land
Until daylight led me by the hand
Back from that peaceful land of sleep.
(C) Lyn Halvorsen