Reality is dysfunctional but it is the one thing we all have in common. Fantasy is discretionary and only as good or bad as we make it. I use reality as the basis of comparison for expressing myself to others. I use my imagination to refine and articulate my thoughts and feelings into fantasy. My imagination, unlike reality, is personal. Fantasy, unlike reality, is innately and distinctly human.
Art and fiction are not reality. A painting is not what is painted or a sculpture what is sculpted. A story that never happened is an event that never happened. Art and fiction are what is real fashioned to represent the surreal of thoughts and feelings. Realism in art and fiction is nothing more than reference to an objective basis of comparison.
Live your life mindful of consequences. Take your responsibilities seriously. Never act at the expense of others. Imagine freely, allowing your thoughts and feelings to swirl within you. Shape what you fancy into fantasy. Use its thrilling energies as energy in life. Sublimate it into something artful.