There is no such thing as reality.
Every police officer knows that one person’s account of an accident will be completely different to another’s, and our life is much the same way.
Even what we call objective reality is highly subjective.
For instance, we might all agree that a chair is a chair, but to different people and at different times a chair can mean different things.
Most the time a chair is for sitting on, but if you are in need of a boost, you might see that chair is a good object on which to stand.
And then there is your perception of the chair.
Is it beautiful? Ugly? Comfortable? Uncomfortable?
Objectively, it is just a chair, but each of us subjectively experiences the “reality” of the chair.
On top of that we add meaning.
If the chair looks like the comfy one your grandmother used to recline in, it might stimulate different experiences in you than if it reminds you of the chair you used at school.
For these and many other reasons, our reality is more perception than “real,” and you create your own reality according to what you focus on.
You may “have” to go to work, but only you can choose how going to work makes you feel. Tell yourself all the things you hate about your job and you will feel different than if you focus on what you enjoy.
You may watch the news and conclude that the world is an awful and violent place, or you may watch children playing in the park and see beauty in it all.
You may think politics matters, or you might spend your life watching sports, and the reality of Republican or Democratic posturing is irrelevant in your reality.
You may watch the market go up and down, constantly feeling the world is booming or busting, or you might simply accept in the long-run it is all irrelevant.
What you focus your attention on and the perceptions you make become your reality.
The reality you live in is created by YOU!