Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Mind is Naked and I Don't Care

I've developed the most intriguing habit. All my life, I have experienced very vivid, memorable dreams, and I actually remember them when I wake up! It's like I can feel my brain committing them to memory as they are unfolding in my subconscious. Dreams are so bizarre; I love wondering where they come from. When I was 11 or so, I was convinced that dreams came out of the very last thing you thought about before you fell asleep. I know now that that is not true, or I would be having some disturbing thoughts as I slip in and out of consciousness.

Hee hee ho ho ha ha!

But I told you earlier that I have a most intriguing habit, and the idea behind writing a sentence like that is that I will eventually tell you what this most intriguing habit is. Consider the writer-reader contract fulfilled: I've been writing in a dream journal. It's awesome. Who knows when I'll get something amazing out of a dream! Because my dreams don't often have a lot of plot (though some of them do!), I write in short stream-of-consciousness phrases. And I write in present tense, which makes it even more awesome! Here are a few examples from my past two weeks of dreaming:

* I drive around in a teacup.
* I am a mermaid.
* I climb up a vertical sidewalk and I'm wearing a black dress.
* A friend tells me his age is 5 o'clock.

I also write down some of the strange images, like these:

* A cathedral in Montreal.
* A staircase that is an elevator.
* Girls in lacy dresses sitting on a flat boat that is floating down a canal.
* A rabbit who has lost its ears.

You should try it some time. You're probably worried about my sanity, reading all these things that come directly, unedited, from my head.

Never question the sanity!

You're going to avoid me from now on. Oh well. My mother and I enjoy analyzing dreams, and it always helps to have written the details down immediately upon waking. Dream journals = awesome!

My Muchness: I enjoy bizarre children's movies from the '80s, like The Labyrinth or NeverEnding Story. I love the idea of having an adventure inside a book, don't you?


alee said...

I always have bizarre dreams...and the longer Nick lives with me, the more often he has them too!

Maybe nutzo subconsciouses are contagious...?

Toni Elise said...

I'd believe it! To semi-quote Shakespeare, some people are born with bizarre dreams. Others have bizarre dreams thrust upon them. This reminds me of "She's the Man." To quote the screenplay writer who also semi-quotes Shakespeare, "frikkin' ball and chain, man!"