Dream World

November 19, 2007 at 2:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I am a vivid dreamer. I always have been. I don’t dream every night—or rather, I don’t remember my dreams every morning—but I go in streaks. Right now I’m in the midst of a dream-heavy streak. Last night’s dream selection included:

  1. A day in high school. Unlike my recurring school-related anxiety dream—I didn’t do my homework! I didn’t study for the test! I can’t open my locker!—this one was pretty subdued. My first problem: I couldn’t figure out if it was cool to wear my backpack with one strap or two. I ran into my cousin who happened to be teaching at the school. He told me that everything was going great for him, except he couldn’t get Microsoft Word to retain his contact information. It kept resorting to the default. I was on my way to fix it for him.
  2. A flashback to my days playing video games at the arcade at East Park Plaza. I stood in the arcade with somebody and told them about how there was a time when Street Fighter 2 machines “were all along that wall, and halfway down this row”.
  3. A scary dream in which a fictionalized version of a local building—I won’t say which one—was brought down implosion-style by terrorists. I stood with a couple family members nearby when we heard “pop pop pop pop”. We looked up to see the building collapse on itself, apparently with many people inside. I woke up with my heart racing after that one.
  4. A bizarre dream in which a friend of mine was an astronaut, and he and his crew were showing off NASA’s new spaceship for the first time. It was a giant, ray-shaped ship that could take off and land vertically. We got to tour the ship. It was like a big, multi-level apartment on the inside. In the kitchen, a huge container of spaghetti marinara was waiting for the crew. I spoke with my friend about how I wasn’t crazy about NASA sticking with the crappy space shuttle for so long, and how the agency exceeded my expectations by a mile with this new ship.
  5. An anxiety dream (one of my recurring ones) in which I had a difficult time preparing for an important soccer match because my back was really sore. I awoke to find myself sleeping in a really awkward position that was putting a lot of pressure on my back.

Now that I think about it, I’m impressed I remember so much about those five dreams. Would any of you amateur shrinks care to tell me what these dreams—in isolation or in combination—say about me?

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Mr. T November 19, 2007 at 4:02pm

Me knowing your personality, you are pretty into technology. Seems like this is reflected in some of your dreams. The anxiety stuff seems pretty usual. I think a lot of people have recurring “back in school” dreams. Maybe you should try a new bed and see if that does anything.

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