Reality Vs Imagination:
Have you ever inquired about what part of your life is real and what part of it is purely imagined? This might seem like a simple question but when asked it reveals a very important aspect about your life that is normally hidden from view. Usually people assume that a 100% of their life is real. We tend to think that people generally have a clear idea of what they are doing and where they are headed. But in reality most people simply keep imagining the life they want to live while the reality might be something else altogether.
This is especially true if you are young. Usually a young mind is filled with big dreams and desires. It is natural to have such big dreams because that is what people what you to have and it feels good to have big dreams. But very few people introspect on their current situation with ruthless honesty to see if they are headed towards their dreams or they are moving in some other direction.
Most people simply leave it too late before they realize that they have been only dreaming about a certain life without ever paying close attention to their habits, thoughts, desires, friends, actions etc. Not everybody is born with a ready-made set of conditions that will help them to achieve what they want to. Most people have to change a lot of things in their life to be able to align their life in a certain direction.
This is where it is extremely important to understand the difference between imagination and reality. Imagination is a simple projection of the desires of the mind and reality is an honest introspection of your past and present. There is an ocean of difference between these two but unless one pays close attention to this difference it is very easy to mistake one for another.
You can live in your imaginary world very comfortably assuming certain things till one day reality hits you. If you have not been honest with yourself, the impact of it will be much greater. This is why most people struggle to understand their lives, because they are living in their constructed imaginary world.
There is only one way to move from the imaginary world to reality; it is by paying close attention to what is happening around you. One of the most important skills you can develop to look at your life with clarity is a sense of detached objective observation. It is very easy to be biased when it comes to understanding our lives, because we are of course partial towards our own judgement and decisions.
It takes a bit of courage and honest self-introspection to look at your life as if you are a third person and assess any situation. There are very few other more important skills than learning the art of stepping away from yourself so that you can see things clearly. It is much more easy to play football if the ball is not tied to your leg; it is much more easy to analyze your life if you are not attached to it fully.