The daydream starts with having the courage to scrutinize controversial subjects in  politics, religion, sexuality, social conventions, my complicated past, and moving on in the face of uncertainty.  Asking the difficult questions and facing my fears will hopefully inspire you to do the same. This is my legacy.


6 thoughts on “The Daydream

  1. Thanks for the reassurance. Some people have difficulty recognizing and/or articulating their inner conflict. I do believe-right or wrong-that we journey through this life through our own perception. This is definitely an issue that I contend with regularly. I appreciate the support.


  2. Did you ever hear a song and it brings you right back to the first time and place you heard it? Our own personal perception; where does that come from? Is it rooted environmentally or by experience? Feeling sad, anxious, is that a learned response, from memory-childhood; types of attention, bad or good, or lack thereof? Is my nervous system trained to react a certain way? Can I change that? I can understand it, but can I change it?


  3. I know exactly what you mean about the song. Coincidentally, I’ve been obsessing about this one particular song lately, although it doesn’t “bring me back” anywhere it definitely gives me some validation about how I feel sometimes. Eric Clapton “Lonely Stranger”. He only sang it once in a live venue, it was recorded right then and put on his Unplugged album. He has refused to sing it ever since. One wonders what meaning it has for him if he refuses to ever sing it again. Anyway, I so relate to this song. Personally, I believe-and I’ve spent a lot of time reading about it and analyzing it-that we are born with certain wiring, engineering us to respond to stress in a specific way. We fortuitously have experiences early on that this pre-engineered wiring responds to accordingly. Consequently, we establish a permanent record in our memory about how we feel about that experience, and later on, if something reminds us of that same experience, we respond with the same established emotions. Ultimately, I believe, if we purposefully set ourselves up to feel differently about a similar experience, and we do this a couple of times to reinforce this new feeling, we are capable of developing new associations. Trust me, from personal experience, this task is almost impossible without a mental health professional, but with the right approach, it’s doable. One must be dedicated to the task.


  4. Why do some people seemingly walk through life without a care in the world while others feel so deeply? Your work reflects that to me. Do you feel invisible? What part of ‘Lonely Stranger’ do you relate to the most? Clapton wrote that while alone in LA around the time his son died.


  5. First question is one of the mysteries of life. Some sense their existentialist purpose, while others find an existentialist philosophy to be overwhelming. It’s difficult for some, I think, to ask the question why, rather than just the what, where, when and who. They choose to disregard that dynamic of life as a result. A sacrifice made for safety. Asking the tougher questions is scary, I don’t blame anyone for bailing out on it.

    As far as “Lonely Stranger” goes, every line resonates in some way for me. The deeper side of me is invisible to the superficial world. Also, I tend to be aloof and I am obsessive about my craft (writing). I think this song could probably apply to any creative, artistic person.

    Thanks for the interest. If you ever want to make a contribution I would love to hear your perspective about this complicated life. Let me know.



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