Friday, November 30, 2012

Dreams: My Other Reality

I can't explain the fascination I have with dreams. Or why I seem to have always been able to remember them in vivid detail and color ever since I was about 4 years old. They are like an extension of my life. I lead two lives. One with my eyes open and a completely different one with my eyes closed. My passions and imagination run deep and wild when I dream at night. I wouldn't consider myself a dream prodigy but according to my closest friends and family I might be.

My dreams have taken many, many forms over the years. Sometimes I will have one dream all night or I will have as many as 5 dreams in one night. And....I remember all of the details. Isn't that exhausting? You might be asking yourself this. It's really what I have always known as far as dreams are concerned so no, it's not. It just makes me want to dream more. The ironic thing is that I don't like to sleep a lot. A perfect night's sleep to me consists of 7-8 hours. Sometimes I need 9-10 hours to recover from a long day or trip, but I don't do it often. In fact, I can probably count on two hands how many times I've slept in this year. Crazy, I know, but it's been good for me.

Since high school my dreams have morphed into a 'real' virtual reality for me. I have had dreams where I'm already awake getting ready for the day, going to school, class or work but in reality I'm still fast asleep. Or I'm talking to my mom, roommate or someone else in a dream yet I'm actually still in my bed counting sheep. And then my favorite type of dream began in college where if I was "still tired," I would tell myself that I needed to "get back to the dream." And I would recover the dream when I fell back to sleep! Except the dream usually took a bizarre turn after that. I'm not too pleased with using up those minutes to be trapped in some lame dream when I could've been awake being productive.

One dream theme that I adore is dreaming in other languages, mainly Spanish. :) I still remember my first dream in Spanish when I was only 16 years old. If I have some more time to add it into this I will.

Dreams can also be a form of comfort but they can also offer vision and prophecy. I'm not certain that I have the gift of prophecy but I do take my dreams seriously when they involve family members and close friends.

You never know what you need to hear or who you need to be reminded of in a dream. Consider that thought before your head hits the pillow tonight. :)

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