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I Try My Best to Escape Reality When I Can

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    I have Maladaptive Daydreaming,

    which I consider a gift rather than a curse. Escaping reality has never been easier or as much fun. Pair that up with some good music and I'm in another universe. Being a dreamer has its perks.
    XantheoftheStar XantheoftheStar 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 3

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    whether it's through video games,

    Netflix or just sitting in my room playing guitar I try my best to ignore the outside world.
    TheSadLoner TheSadLoner 13-15, M Apr 12

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    Reality is so boring compared to my version of

    this story. I like to float away into the ocean of litterature or movies. Make my own version of things. I'd like to live in a world so much different from ours. A world with excitements and joy in every corner. But sadly I knew the truth. This life and world is concentrated on...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 3

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    I continuously day dream

    and am obsessed with dreams! I couldn't live without my imagination!!
    DreamingKate DreamingKate 18-21, F Jun 3

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    My face rests in your hands,

    you kiss my neck hard and suck my breasts tenderly til I surrender X
    BeyondGreenEyes BeyondGreenEyes 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 11

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    Sometimes I wish I was in the tv shows I watch

    because the people in them have better chemistry and friendships with eachother then I do in real life lol . It's weird I know . What's messed up is the shows I watch are generally dark and they still seem a lot better than the real world .
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 31

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    I escape reality with every opportunity

    that comes my way... Because in my eyes reality sucks big time and it's not getting any better what so ever. In fact it's nose diving. This world that I used to think so highly of as a kid, was destroyed by bullies that entered my life, which led to school being an absolute...
    Ashh2 Ashh2 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    Sometimes I feel like I am the only person

    who is alive and real in a room full of people. Everyone else is a mere construct... Like a background noise - they're merely fillers for this "reality," and that I am actually alone.
    OctaviaAugusta OctaviaAugusta 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 4, 2014

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    It's the middle of class Mrs.

    Meeadla- ok everyone if u take.... Me: hmmm I wonder if that planet of the apes movie is good? OMG what of their was a planet of the apes vs. marching band thing like in my dream? Mrs. Meeadla- what do u think Emma? Me- ummmm, 28? Mrs. Meeadla- we are in grammar Emma and I...
    emma12354 emma12354 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2014

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    My escape used to be books

    but as I got older I started to realize that no matter how many stories I read I'd never have that life in the books. So now I'm stuck in reality except for those precious moments when I can just float away and dream.
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 2

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    I always go to Final Fantasy

    when I need to escape, but then I get sad. This world is nothing like Final Fantasy. No magic, no monsters, no banding against a common evil...it just sucks here. Everything is so ordinary and generic. Everyone always says "Go out and do something" "Life is boring if you...
    PrinceStrawHat PrinceStrawHat 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 12

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    Tired and confused My mind won't rest

    so therefore I can't rest. I'm a buzz with questions and wonderings. This isn't a question. Just thinking out loud
    Foreveralways93 Foreveralways93 22-25, F Aug 14, 2014

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    The Dreamworld..

    So lately, I continuously try my best to escape reality when I can.. Usually by sleeping. I find the dreamworld much more fun and less depressing than reality itself because I can TRULY express my well being there rather than being so limited in expressing myself in reality. I...
    UniversalSelf19 UniversalSelf19 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 2, 2011

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    Every night I can't wait to lie down.

    To go to that place where I smile and laugh genuinely. Where I don't look for anybody's approval.Where the good outweighs the bad. Where I love myself.When the reality IS dim and I smile at the thoughts. When my eyes are closed and It's so vivid.When I can breathe with out...
    leadmenot leadmenot 16-17, F Jan 4

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    Daydreaming in work is

    so easy now. Sometimes i just escape and dream i'm in my happy place. It's almost zen like.
    lukehyde1994 lukehyde1994 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 12, 2014

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    I suppose by joining this experience it could

    be misconstrued as me being unhappy in my reality. For the record, I love my world. (Hence the tagname.) I'm fortunate enough to not want for much, have a "job" that I actually enjoy but more than that I have a family that I adore. With that said, the escape from the everyday...
    LivvinTheDream LivvinTheDream 46-50, F 4 Responses Jun 3

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    Reality bites! Sometimes,

    living in a fantasy is better... In my fantasy, I can manipulate everything. I can make believe that people love me for being me, not because of what I can give.
    Mikey022 Mikey022 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2014

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    It has been found in a research

    that by day dreaming you can become more creative and productive. Well.. day dreaming always works for me. Whenever I'm upset or sad I just lie down and travel to my fantasy world where there is no pain, no sadness...There is happiness everywhere...
    miru1 miru1 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 4

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    It'S Not A Fulltime Thing

    EP is great in that it allows for an escape. Fantasy and game playing allow for an easy decompression. But, just like harlequin ice cream, I prefer a mix. I don't want to blend reality and fantasy, but I want to maintain both.
    NoLongerHere NoLongerHere 41-45, M 2 Responses May 1, 2013

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    YOU came into my life at a period

    when I was drowning in a figurative sense of term. 16 years of lonely life, a life built on day dreams, a life of escaping from reality , a life built purely out of hope for future... A life from which I was slipping into stark reality, where even dreaming was becoming next to...
    cherishuforever cherishuforever 41-45, F Apr 19, 2014

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    Daydreaming

    I don't know what it is about life, or what it lacks for me. But I often find myself trying to escape it. Sleeping happens to be the best way to do this. I just lay down and let my mind wander wherever it pleases. It always starts off as thinking about actually facts. For example...
    DestinyLovexo DestinyLovexo 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Always And It's Worrisome

    I suppose it started when when I was a kid. My family didn't have much money and our homes were always so tiny. The only real place I could escape to was my imagination. I loved reading books then. Books and the world they painted were wonderful, especially for a little kid...
    nonnonnonochi nonnonnonochi 18-21, T 2 Responses Jul 27, 2011

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    I daydream a lot, even

    though I don't mean to. It's kind of like my way of blocking everyone out ..
    MorbidPeaches MorbidPeaches 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    I'm Stuck

    Dealing with reality isn't easy to all of us. I've been living in a fantansy for 4 months, almost 5.. I've forgotten what it's like to live in a real world where people expect you to live in a certain manner, I hate the idea of going back to a reality where I am required to...
    harlequinn harlequinn 22-25, F 2 Responses May 11, 2011

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    Fantasy And Dreams Are Wonderful...

    I sleep a lot. I really do. Why? Because I want to dream. My dreams are often wonderful and I'm really grateful for it. Reality is really harsh. If I don't escape from it, I will lose my sanity. So I always feel tired and sleepy when I'm so sick of reality. And so I sleep. The...
    amethyst91 amethyst91 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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    Well escape "my" reality anyway.

    ...EP is my go to place, without it I'm not sure how my sanity would hold up lol :p
    Angelkins Angelkins 46-50, F 8 Responses Jun 1

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    chouri10 chouri10 18-21, F Jun 7

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    I always want to sleep.

    it's one place I can be without being misplaced. I escape this world only during sleep. My friend told me that I have to choose which world I want to stay in. I choose my fantasy world over the real world. I'd choose that any day. I also do it by listening to some music.
    ICanDoMyOwnThing ICanDoMyOwnThing 13-15, T Jun 1

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    Thoughts On Reality

    I live in two different worlds. One, i am a shy, observant, timid woman, and the other i am full of life, color, and passion. I can enter my second world through many gateways. Sobriety is not one of them. Hallucinogens and other similar wonders have the power to take me into a...
    Alissabella Alissabella 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2012

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    Found out this morning somethings

    that just are hard to hear... I guess all I can do is try my best to stay positive. I never thought at 16 my life would be like this, but it's reality.
    DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt 16-17, F Jun 28, 2014

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    Is it cowardness? Maybe,

    but "nobody is perfect", like Joe E. Brown said in "Some like it hot". Plus, escaping may not always be a bad thing. We can also discover something new about ourselves or it may be helpful to perceive the concrete reality from a different point of view. Sometimes also EP can be...
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    Yes Please.

    Been having an extra tough time lately. My life is nowhere near where I could ever have imagined it. Broken marriage, harassment at work, nervous breakdown and failed suicide attempt. Not me, the happy go lucky open person, how did this all happen to me? Managed with a lot of...
    pixelbest pixelbest 46-50, F 9 Responses Nov 17, 2011

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    Its All So Much Better In Your Head Right?

    I sleep (and dream) alot, and when I'm awake I surround myself with stories and feelings: music, videogames, books, so on, that let me kind of float off and forget everything around me. For some reason, being disconnected with yourself is the best feeling, because for some reason...
    Living91 Living91 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 22, 2010

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    I do it through reading

    and writing mostly. Writing is fun, because I can manipulate this false reality. Gaming is also another go-to. Especially when it's World of Warcraft, I know, call me a nerd :)
    Cenlow Cenlow 16-17, F Jun 1

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    throughout i always wanted was an anti-social

    life, but unfortunately things doesnt work that way.. and i have got friends now, all i do is disappoint them and let them have a go at me... idk what to do to avoid all this
    Falaash Falaash 18-21, M Jul 17, 2014

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    I tend to escape into my mind often.

    There's a story happening right inside my head, where I lead a very different life. There are times when I wish I lived the life inside my imagination instead. When I'm not inside my own head or living my life, I write my stories down. I might publish one when I'm done. Why? It...
    Starlightrose Starlightrose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 1

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    The older I get the more I despise reality.

    Reality, as they say, sucks. However, to the contrary, some say we make our own reality. I suppose this is true to a certain extent. There are some realities we can't control, but with certain discipline I do believe we can control the reality of our minds. We can decide our...
    TRP92 TRP92 22-25, M Dec 16, 2014

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    Godlevel Godlevel 16-17 1 Response Jun 2

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    I can't seem to get out of this fantasy world,

    I seem to be living my life through. I think it's called Escapism, and I'm in the extreme stage. I feel like I abandoned my actually reality for a fantasy. I need help. Any advice? 😅😁😴
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