Despite the best motivational poster, not all dreams are achievable.
Nor should they be — especially if those dreams are conjured up while we are sleeping or daydreaming.
Dreaming is powerful, exciting, funny and sometimes dangerous — at least for me.
I’m a creative dreamer. My mind wanders very often — whether I’m sleeping, eating, working, taking a shower, driving or sitting on a bench taking in nature.
What I dream about varies based on my mood, recent experiences I’ve had, what’s on my mind and, of course, what I might have read or watched before going to bed (damn those scary movie that I decided to watch right before trying to sleep).
I’m a dream believer, and as such, own a few dream books that offer explanations for various items that are part of a dream, and regularly think my dreams mean something more than what’s on the surface.
Several months ago, I had a recurring dream involving death. It wasn’t my own death, and the individual involved in the dream didn’t actually die in the dream, either — or real life. After thumbing through books, I realized dreaming of death meant the end of something — not necessarily an actual death.
In fact, my dream was pretty spot on as a friendship of mine has deteriorated to a point of no return. But it wasn’t until that dream repeated itself a few times that I took the message seriously.
A few recurring dreams last month seemed so real, I woke up recalling touching specific things I wasn’t actually near and smelling notable smells I couldn’t possibly actually have whiffed.
Creative thinkers are creative dreamers, they say.
Most of the time, my dreams relate to current events happening in my life. I’ve dreamed of covering actual stories as a reporter and of situations involving friends — moments that actually happened or moments that could happen. I do, at times, dream of truly fantasy situations — though, the dreams still often involve real-life situations.
I often also remember very specific details — surroundings, weather, what I or someone else in the dream might be holding or wearing.
While researching dreams and daydreaming, I ran across plenty of information suggesting our brain spends at least half of its time reliving memories. That’s certainly true in my case, as almost anything can trigger a memory and ultimately lead to dreaming.
For instance, songs like Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” reminds me of a high school dance with a former fling. She and I danced to that song once, but it will forever remind me of her.
Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” album brings back memories of a trip to Providence, R.I., with a good friend. We were driving on Interstate 95 blasting the album, having a great time.
Most of the triggers bring back good memories I’ve made.
Some of those triggers later find their way into my dreams, only to rehash situations I either enjoyed or sooner would forget.
I’ve certainly let dreams dictate real-life situations, especially if the dream scenario occurs frequently or involves a situation I’ve had on my mind.
I’m glad my dreams are vivid and typically involve people that are or have been part of my life. Some friends question my ability to dream so frequently, especially since some often say they rarely dream.
My dreams add an excitement to life and help determinef how I’ll deal with various situations.
And if for nothing else, dreaming helps to keep me occupied while sleeping.
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