Most of us don't have much time to spend imagining. Jobs, families and friends, activities, and all the little mundane tasks of life take up all our time, and there's just no time to spend thinking about what could be.
And then there are the killjoys: those people who claim to be practical and realistic but who in many cases are actually despairing over the loss of their own possibilities. They tell us to get our heads out of the clouds, and to put our feet on the ground and our noses to the grindstone.
Sadly, if you follow those instructions, time will rob you of your possibilities too.
Instead, spend some time delving into who you are - and who you might like to be. Try to loosen your grip on your definition of yourself as whatever it is that you do in your job. You are more than a clerk or a roofer or a teller or a nurse or a salesperson or an engineer. You are far more complex, gifted, and capable than the tasks that define how you spend your time at work.
Discover what sets your soul on fire.
Once you know your passions, think about what they say about you. Don't worry about practicalities: making money, saving for retirement, keeping your insurance. This isn't about finding a new job. This is about finding new possibilities.
Imagine what your life might be like if you were to spend your time doing what makes your heart soar. Let your imagination fly away with you, just for the moment. Mute that part of your brain that tells you that "make-believe" is a waste of time, just for the moment. Really feel what living your passion would be like.
Use all your senses to visualize what your life could be. See what you would see when you fulfill your dreams. Feel what you would feel as you pursue your passions. Hear the sounds of your doing, and the encouraging words of those who support your dreams. Immerse yourself with all your senses in the experience of living fully, passionately, immensely, bravely.
If you love this life you see in your imagination, embrace it. Pour emotional energy into the vision of what your life could be. Be open to new possibilities. A way to live your dream might be right around the corner waiting for you to be ready to step into who you are meant to be. What you seek is seeking you.
Life is short. Dream big.