I had a dream last night where I didn’t like what was happening and I wanted to wake myself up.
My father used to have these kinds of dreams. I remember hearing him make these odd, high-pitched noises in his sleep, and my mother helping him to wake up.
This dream occurred for me, last night, soon after I fell asleep. (The typical time for these dreams, for my father and for me.)
The dream wasn’t particularly scary. It just involved my son coming upstairs. But I had a “bad feeling” in the dream. And I knew it was a dream. And I wanted to stop the dream, and wake up.
As always, I struggled to transition out of sleeping into waking. I tried to assist that process by vocalizing — making noises. As I did, I could hear the echo of my father’s sounds.
Then, I went downstairs, to check on my son. I just wanted to make sure he was okay. He was.
When I awoke this morning and was trying to decide what to blog about today, I was thinking about that experience, and remembering that I’ve made a Note to Self about a future blog topic …..
I think it’s interesting what dreams recur for people. And I’ll tell you about a recurring dream that I used to have, a lot.
The dream varied, each time, but always involved these components: (1) at some point, I would need to reach somebody by calling them on the telephone and (2) I would have lots of trouble doing that. Something would always get in the way of my using the phone to reach them. Often, I wouldn’t be able to see the parts of the phone I needed to, in order to make the call.
Each time I had this dream (which was often in the midst of some kind of adventure-type plot), the results were always the same. I would never get through, with whatever message I had to deliver.
I don’t have that dream any more. I haven’t for many years. But I remember what those dreams felt like, vividly.
Frustrating. Scary. Draining. Panicky. Discouraging.
Here’s how I’m “interpreting” that old dream, right now:
Communication is very important to me. If I don’t connect with people, I feel bad. The consequences of NOT connecting can be dire. Isolation is scary. Seeing clearly is important, in order to connect. And having an urgent message, undelivered, is terrible.
I actually like my old, recurring dream. I like what it says about my priorities.
And I especially like that I’m not having that dream, any more.
I’m wondering: What kinds of recurring dreams have you had? What do you think they might mean?
Thanks to all.