Day 1: Dreams
My dreams are incredibly important to me, and when I say, ‘dreams,’ I truly mean the stories that entertain me when I sleep. Wait, it’s not that dreams and goals of my future aren’t important to me or anything. I just wanted to clarify that my first post for 31 Days of Journaling Prompts is about the dreams that the sandman directs.
I have always been fascinated with dreams, especially the meaning behind why my subconscious might be telling me a story. I know there’s all sorts of research and opinions about why we dream what we dream, and they’re probably all right in some way or another. For me, I feel that different dreams are in my subconscious for different reasons. Keep in mind, my list is my opinion and nothing else. You know opinions? Everyone has them.
- I firmly believe that when I dream of someone specific that it means that I need to check on that person to make sure that he or she is okay. Weird, I know. I don’t think I am psychic, have premonitions or anything like that. I don’t believe that my dream is some forecast of that person’s future. It’s simple. I feel like that the person popped into my dreams because it’s someone I might not have connected directly with recently, and my brain is saying that I need to do that. Only a few times have I contacted the person and specifically told the person that I had a dream about him or her. I mean, I don’t want to look like a freak! Thankfully with social media, I can now discreetly check up on that person through Facebook, perhaps send them a message or comment on something that he or she has said recently.And just so we’re clear, I only do this with people I know personally. I don’t track down the President or some big celebrity and contact them directly. I’m not THAT weird!
- I believe that dreams can also be a way for our minds to deal with problems that we might be experiencing when we’re awake. I hadn’t really thought about this one much until I spoke with a psychologist about the meaning of dreams last year. It really makes sense to me. Our entire days are stored in our brains, and often times we have conflicts or tasks that don’t come to completion or ever experience closure. I believe our minds can only store so much incompleteness that it begins to work those things out on it’s own. Hey, I consider this one a blessing! Dealing with my problems in my sleep is like multitasking!
- Finally, I believe that some dreams have no real meaning at all. Maybe they’re just there for entertainment or for the mind to take a mini vacation. These are usually those dreams that don’t make much sense when we’re awake and make us stop to say, “What the heck was that?”
I love it when I can remember dreams and feel like I “got something” out of the experience. When I was growing up, my mom told us not to tell our dreams before breakfast unless we wanted them to come true. My husband had never heard that, so he thinks it’s silly. I know it’s a superstition, but still to this day I keep my dreams to myself until after breakfast unless I want it to come true. Of course, I’ve usually forgotten about it by the time I’ve had breakfast, so maybe that’s the point. If it was a bad dream, and you tell someone then you’re more likely to remember, but if you wait then you’ll probably forget about it.
“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.” – Sigmund Freud
What are your thoughts on dreams? Can you usually remember what you dreamt the night before?