What is absurd about Walter Mitty's first daydream in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"?

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I think the primary absurdity is in the contrast between Walter Mitty driving about 55 mph on the freeway in reality, while in his daydream he is navigating a hydroplane through a terrible storm.

The story is absurd in one sense because it stresses the essential isolation of the individual and lack of meaning in life. To escape this emptiness, Walter conjures up the these visions of heroism and excitement.