Walter Mitty's real life tasks in Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" mirror his daydreams and fantasies that allow him to escape from his mundane life of chores and pleasing his wife. For example, when he is driving his wife into town, the driving allows him to escape into flying (driving) a Navy hydroplane. When he takes off his gloves, the act of taking off the gloves propels him into the fantasy of being a famous surgeon. When he leans against the wall waiting for his wife to make a purchase, he dreams he is bravely facing a firing squad.
The real-life events include driving his wife around town. First they go into the city to do errands, and he drops her at the hairdresser. Then he goes to a shoe store to buy overshoes. Next, he goes to buy dog biscuits and makes his way to the hotel lobby where he is supposed to meet his wife. Here, he sits down and starts to read a magazine. These real life events are linked to his fantasy life.