The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | How I relate to Walter’s daydreaming habit

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

Lately, I’ve been rewatching some Marvel movies because it seems I still haven’t moved on from the awesomeness that I witnessed from Infinity War. Today, I just wanted to see something with a light, more normal storyline and as I started watching the beginning of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I already knew that I was gonna enjoy it since I could immediately relate to the character with his daydreaming habit.

Walter Mitty works for a magazine company. He always daydreams of being this adventurous and brave type of person who lives a life that’s full of action and excitement when in reality, he’s just another ordinary person who’s trying to make ends meet. Also, part of his daydreaming is that he can easily strike a smooth conversation, or even have some kind of heroic moments with his coworker crush, Cheryl.

Daydreaming is probably normal for people to do. I hope it is. I usually daydream during rough times when I just can’t seem to figure out how to handle or get out of a situation. Sometimes when I’m just upset about something, I’d also imagine that I’m some kind of a superhuman who would just beat the crap out of anyone trying to mess things up in the city(I blame those Marvel movies for this). It’s like some kind of escape when you have so much emotions but you’re afraid to let it out so you just dwell in this imaginary world where you see yourself as someone who’s stronger and more powerful above everyone else.

There are also times when I wish I had said more in a conversation, that I felt that I knew more things than the other person but I just can’t put up with any more BS so I just end up agreeing with them just so they would stop talking. At least, I could turn these things around in my own world.

As Walter goes on to find what he’s looking for, he finally gathered up the courage to leave his fears, then he took a leap of faith and started “going into the unknown” which slowly turned his imaginations into reality.

This could be one of the most difficult phases in our lives. Many people are stuck in a cycle due to fear of failure, afraid of taking risks. I’m pretty sure that most of these kinds of people are, in their own world, free spirits living by their own rules, going on different adventures and creating their own fascinating life stories.

“If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.” –Sean O’Connell
This is probably my favorite scene in the movie. An adventurer, a photographer, telling an ordinary person how to stay in a moment. Not capture it. Just.. stay in it, live in it. Many people today would put out their cameras and capture every single moment they find phenomenal, or things they know they won’t see everyday.
If you seek adventure, your purpose is to go out and see the world. Don’t just trap your eye inside your camera lens and then move on all the time. It’s okay to capture a few moments but sometimes, moments can also capture you. All you gotta do is let it. When that happens, you know you’re living in it.

I think daydreaming is not just me being in a deep thought. Maybe there’s also a Walter Mitty inside me hiding behind my fears, waiting for me to take action and put my daydreams into reality(except the superhuman thing). Should I be more open on any conversation that somehow opposes my beliefs? I don’t know. I still think as long as I know what I think is right, it doesn’t matter what others would say. Just let them talk and wish them a good day.

Daydreaming may be a bad thing if I just live my whole life in an imaginary world, but it’s still better than not dreaming of anything at all. If I learn to set the less important things aside, I could probably be able to prepare myself for a real adventure that would stay with me forever.

Iceland is so #travelgoals, don’t you think? 🙂


Do you find yourself daydreaming on a rainy day, too? 

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