Daydream What You Want for Christmas

Daydream with Jamie Todd Rubin:

With Christmas just a few weeks away, I’ve been daydreaming. When I daydream–something that occurs with increasing frequency these days–I often find myself having imaginary conversations with people. Sometimes these are people I know, and other times they are constructs, like characters in a story, that allow the conversation to progress the way I want it to. Recently, in on one of these daydreams, someone asked me, “What do you want for Christmas?” Without hesitating I replied, “All I want for Christmas is to be a syndicated columnist.” Perhaps the most telling piece is that, while the conversation was imagined, I spoke those words aloud.

I think this is an important question to ask, and an important activity. Daydreaming about what you want.

Every year I spend an entire day out relaxing thinking about what it is that I want out of the year and life in general. I think that it can be summed up in one idea.

I want to wake up and investigate things I think are interesting.

Some days that’s code. Other days it’s reading and compiling notes for a book I want to write. Sometimes it’s figuring out the best way to make cookies, and then eating them all before I have to share them with the kids.

I’d be happy writing books, doing work on YouTube, and many other things that would fall into the category of finding interesting things and sharing them.

Do you have one thing you’d like to do? One idea that frames the dream you have?