“Most creative people alternate fluently between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.”
— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quoted in “Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense“, 3 Nov 2013
If you believe this isn’t you, could never be you, then answer this question: Do you never see things in the shapes of clouds, never think “that cloud there looks like an X?”
Do you never look at a rainbow, follow it to where it touches the ground and think about the pot of gold and luck? Yes, indeed, you can never get to a rainbow’s end because it’s merely refracted light. Yes, if Newton hadn’t had beliefs around seven it wouldn’t be ROYGBIV but ROYGBV, yet we can still try to see indigo.
Embracing the imaginative does not mean living in cloud cuckoo land or lessen your grip on reality or undermine your intelligence or mean you can’t draw realistically or any of the other slights thrown out by dullards. Running with imagination invites joy, possibilities, absurdities, selections. You’re not forgetting where the ground is to anchor yourself but choosing to ignore it for a bit.