Do you live in your dreams or are you a man of action?
Both. Imagining is a kind of acting. When we imagine a possibility or imagine our lives in a certain way we are living in a certain way.
Acting is always suffused with imagination. If you spend your day making money, you imagine that that money will be good for something. Even if you flee a tiger you imagine the experience of being eaten will be a bad one.
What’s the difference? An act of the imagination as a rule is easier to undue. I can imagine I’m a king and then imagine I’m a commoner with very little risk. If I actually take an action though it’s often hard to go back. But this difference is on a continuum. Some acts of imagination take years and take our heart’s blood and are very risky indeed. Some regular, flesh-and-blood acts are easy to undo.
A related point is that all fiction is magical realism.