“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” -Philip K. Dick
I have felt, for quite some time now, that something is missing from these “Quote of the Day” posts that I do. While the quotes are all lovely in their own right, just tossing quotes out into the abyss of the internet doesn’t seem like enough. I’ve known that for a while. As a writer who is struggling to make a career out of what she loves, I feel like I should share how I feel that these quotes apply to me and my situation.
Perhaps you’re in the same situation, and it will apply to you in the same way, or perhaps it will apply differently. Perhaps you’re in an entirely different situation from mine, but maybe the quote will touch you and be meaningful for you in spite of our differences.
So, how does today’s quote apply to me as a struggling writer?
Sometimes I struggle with reality. It’s not my favorite thing in the world because reality is often a harsh, painful, uncertain, and terrifying mode of existence. Growing up as an only child, reality was a lonely place for me most of the time. I think that’s one of the reasons that my imagination is so highly developed. Being the only child in a household leaves plenty of room for the imagination to spawn more companions and fantastic adventures than I could have ever hoped to get down on paper.
You can only play hide and seek with reality for so long, though. I imagine Reality having Liam Neeson’s voice and always repeating that line of his from Taken. “I will find you, and I will kill you.” I guess that speaks volumes about my feelings toward reality all by itself. I’m not saying that reality is inherently evil–sometimes reality is fantastic–but I’m saying that I think God gave us imagination because he knew that reality would break us all if we didn’t have the solace of imagination to turn to when reality gets too painful.
Reality never goes away, that much is true, but Imagination allows us to take a step back from Reality until we can bear its burdens and move forward.