Taking Refuge In Secondhand Dreams

*If you're looking for sense, look away now.*

As someone who loves to tailor ideas to perfection, it frustrates me that, so often, I find myself unable to write or create as wondrously as I hope to. Too often is the idea of creating daunting, and, too often, I find myself picking up a book and taking refuge in secondhand dreams of others. And yet it was only recently, I realised this: that's fine.

We, collectively, are insane. We have so many ideas – too many ideas. An insane amount of ideas. And we have such beautiful prose, and so many words – and all of it so perfect. The desire for the individual to create shouldn't cloud the desire for the individual to enjoy the ideas of others. Sometimes, all I want to do is crawl inside the mind of another and to feel the words they've written… so why shouldn't I?

Taking refuge in secondhand dreams (as I've came to call it) is a necessary fuel for our own invention. I have to dedicate time to the ideas of others if I'm to enable myself to write as I want to.

We have to follow the other dreamers first; we have to live and breathe their ideas. We have to walk hand-in-hand, absorbing their honeyed words and secondhand dreams. And then? We let go, our fingertips no longer touching but our minds linked by cobbled bridges and whatever wonder lies beneath. And then, at some unforeseeable point, we become another dreamer, following the moonlight and the myriad of stars; our own firsthand dreams awaiting our own inked scribbles.

Just a few thoughts I wanted to put down, in some way, somehow. 
Book Photographed Above: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

15 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely post Ruby! I love the way you articulate your thoughts. The idea of second hand dreams is beautiful! Thank you for the post. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. This was such a heartwarming comment to read. (I'm trying to stay composed, but I'm squealing with happiness).

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  2. THE WAY YOU WRITE IS SO AMAZING STOP PUTTING ME TO SHAME.
    SERIOUSLY,
    le cri.

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    1. Aw thank you! (But I think your writing is incredible, so shush).

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  3. So. I've read this post twice and I'm amazed by how you've written it. I'm almost cared to live a comment :')

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    1. Thank you Mel! This honestly made my day. :)

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  4. This is SO true.
    Often I find my ideas and writing feeding of the inspiration of other authors and their works - and recently I realised that it's okay for that to happen. That's how we develop and innovate so we can then come up with things for ourselves.

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    1. Yes, it definitely is! Whenever I've just seen a particularly incredible film, or read a particularly amazing book, I always find myself incorporating elements of the film/book into my own creative output. :)

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  5. Yes! I think what I got out from your post is that we let ourselves be inspired by other people's dreams, and then when we mold our own, we let go of theirs and pursue ours. And when we do, we find ourselves involved in another person's dream and it just becomes a cycle. I guess we are inspired by other people some how in some way and we inspire other people in so many ways.

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    1. Yes! And a wonderful cycle too. ;) Definitely agree with the last line of your comment too!

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  6. Wow! I couldn't agree with you more. I find myself always getting angry because I enjoy some people's creative ideas when I should be thinking about my own creative ideas. But now as I begin to write my ideas to paper. I modify them because I get inspired by other people's ideas. Now I finally realised that's it's okay as long as you don't copy them completely. Thanks so much for this fantastic and eye opening post.

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    1. Definitely! I guess it's about the way we take and use the inspiration, moulding it into our own form of creativity, instead of somebody else's. :)

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  7. I totally agree with you!! Judging from that piece up there, you ARE a talented writer :) I myself struggle with writing sometimes, feeling like a key element is missing. What better inspiration than a book? ;)

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  8. Completely agree! I haven't put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) in so long... but I'm not fussed. For now, I'm content to just soak up the wonder of all the writing in the books surrounding me and develop my own style later on and when inspiration truly strikes.

    Great post, Ruby! :P

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  9. Your writing is absolutely gorgeous, Ruby! I wish I could absorb all of your creativity for a day! But, I too find the idea of being creative incredibly daunting! I'm definitely more likely to turn to a book or read another blog than work on my own - but I think I'll embrace that a little more now.

    -Sophie :)

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