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The Power of Imagination Dreams or fantasies are windows to new and exciting worlds. The usage of the imagination can make reality or the world a more pleasing place to live in. However when dreams are interpreted as goals, it can make our view of the world very narrow and limited. The narrative, “The World and Other Place” by Jeannette Winterson involves a story of a pilot who let his fantasies guide him towards reaching his goal. His imagination caused a positive impact in his life which was achieving his dream. He attained his dreams because of his goal driven mindset, in which the focus is set on one goal. “On Habit” by Alain de Botton is about the author’s views on the travelling and habituated mindset. He notices that his life…show more content…
Why? On the other side of the door is a mirror, and I will have to see myself. I’m not afraid of what I am. I’m afraid I will see what I am not” (Winterson 288). The dress designer is implying that she is fearful when she admits that she is running away from the bolted door. Opening the door means letting go of a restricted, goal driven mindset the dress designer developed in order to view life in a new perspective. It also means letting go of her fantasies. However, the dress designer is fearful of facing reality because her dreams are invoking the fear. Her dreams are what she uses to define herself. She does not want to let go of her dreams because accepting her reality or her flaws will strip her of her pride. Therefore this will make her feel fearful of expanding her horizons. Because of the dress designer’s fear of letting go of her dream, she is not open to trying out new things. She is not open to trying a new career path, or doing other things than what she mentioned in the text such as partying. Although De Botton mentions a destination and not a dream, De Botton and the dress designer’s points are very similar because they are both goals in which focus is put on and aspects that are considered relevant to their lives. The dreams or goals that were held up so high are putting limitations on both of their realities. The dress designer is shrinking her reality by simply

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