In JK Rowling’s 2008 speech to Harvard graduates she makes the point that we as humans have “the unique capacity to envision that which is not”.
She believes that those who don’t apply imagination to their existence are most afraid of the unimagined.
“Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia”.
It is always tempting to feel like what is directly in front of you is the only thing on offer but that isn’t the case. Imagining other possibilities helps to make them real, no matter how extreme or different from a current situation.