Do You Remember What You Dream?

Do You Remember What You Dream?

This was a question that came up on Jon Scalzi’s blog today, and I thought it made up a good writing prompt.  So following suit with Jon I thought I would jot down a couple things about my dreams.

The short answer to this question is yes, I do remember most of my dreams.  In fact many a conversation with friends and family has started off with the words “I had the weirdest dream last night…”  These kinds of conversations usually revolve around my “cooler” dreams.  The ones involving raptors, lights sabers, flying space machines, and flying.

Even in my thirties my imagination is still very much alive and well, and has the ability to take me on some of the most amazing adventures when I sleep.  But just as my mind can take more of exciting adventures, and spin amazing tales, it can also create nightmares that would rival some of Hollywood’s greatest horror movies.

I have had nightmares since I was a small child.  Two such occasions stick out in my memory, dreams so real and terrifying it left me in a delirious haze, unable to distinguish the nightmare from reality.  The doctor told my parents I had had a “night terror” attack, and as I look back on it, with every painful and horrible detail seared into my memory I think the term “night terror” does not really describe it very well.

I don’t tell many people this, but as an adult I still have bad dreams that I have learned to live with.  Memories from the past that bubble to the surface to haunt and plague my restful night of sleep.  And everytime it happens, I wake up, breath, and push the dreams to the back of my mind till the feelings and sensations conjured up the night before fade.

Dreams, both good and bad, have been a part of my life. I have used them to help write stories, motivate me to succeed, and cautioned me with warnings of the future.  Now that’s not to say that I put a lot of stock in dream interpretation or meaning.  I’ve never really investigated or researched that for many different reasons.  But I do have a healthy respect for the images, and stories that my brain puts together during my restful hours.

So that being said, what about you?  Do you remember your dreams?  What kind of dreams do you have?

I would love to hear about it, and talk more about this with you in the comments below.

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