Play Pretend

By Gena Sysavath
Web Content Contributor

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be someone else?

You don’t want to change yourself as a person or anything drastic. You just want to see how it would be like to just be another person for a day or two.

I am sure that this must be a passing thought to several people at some point in their life. Children like to go around and play make-believe so that they can run around and be pirates or royalty. Actors and actresses are being paid to be someone else on stage for the audience’s entertainment. By being someone else for a time being, you can lose the stress from being yourself for a moment.

Maybe you are stressed with what life has dealt you, so you just want to have a moment of escapement. You can imagine yourself as someone else, and therefore you will have that brief relief away from whatever you are doing.

Or you are just simply bored and you need that time to imagine yourself as a secret agent, staring at the door waiting for your partner (who also just so happen to be your love interest) to come through and grab you for an adventure of a lifetime.

Daydreams, you know.

Sometimes in classes where I lost interest in the subject that the lecturer is talking about; I would stare at the door in hopes that someone will come and entertain me. I would imagine different types of friends coming in with a random situation, where I am the only apparent person who can solve it, although realistically anyone could be saying or doing the same thing.

I like having a decent enough imagination to make up a storyline about myself in my head. Although sometimes it can feel inferior to my real life, I can imagine a better outcome or a completely different situation to appease myself. It takes away the sting of a problem that is going on and it is a relaxing thought to know that there can always be different outcomes to whatever that is happening.

I can make myself the main character of a story in my head, and I know that a lot of other people are doing too.

For example, when I was younger, there was a time where I thought that every human in the world had that their path planned out for them by the hands of giants. I would imagine these giants would be reading a book and then would choose the path we would have to go through, because to them, our path in life was their game.

I then would release any balloons I had gotten to the sky as a peace offering to the giants to make sure that I could have an okay life.

At the time, I was just trying to escape the reality where I was being handed off to a babysitter who I did not like for no real reason and my way of coping was to pretend that it was the giants’ choice to leave me to boredom and not completely my parents’ fault at all. It truly did help with my boredom.

It is important to be able to disassociate yourself sometimes for a minute to gather your thoughts and calm down. So, if you take that minute to imagine a whole different universe, I say go for it if it helps you level yourself and breathe a little.

Just make sure that you are able to come down back to Earth after you hit your daydream ending. It is a way to cope with a situation– not a way to replace it. It is fun, so spread your imagination if you can.

Featured image by Gena Sysavath.

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