Did you take part in the May challenge, Keep a Dream Journal?
This post is a follow-up to that challenge.
In May, I kept a giant notebook and pen next to my bed. Nearly every morning when the alarm went off, I scrawled a few barely legible sentences about my dreams. As promised, this was cheap, easy, and sorta kinda insightful.
Having combed through the whole mess looking for themes, I’m ready to compare my experience with yours.
Here’s what keeping a dream journal taught me:
1- I dream every single night
Before this challenge, I thought I only dreamt occasionally. Wrong. No matter how much/little sleep I get, no matter how late/early I stop eating, my brain tells itself vivid stories night after night.
Does this explain waking up in a foul mood? The dream fades, but the feelings linger?
2- My dream life is surprisingly busy
During the day, I am mild-mannered and slow-moving. By night, I apparently waterski, play golf, attend many weddings, relive old mistakes, dog-sit, get diarrhea…. never a dull moment.
My dreams are never lonely, either; this month’s dreams featured about thirty friends and loved ones, plus the following celebrity guests (listed in order of appearance):
Donna Lynn Champlin
and Rachel Bloom
Guess which one was the sex dream!
3- My brain tries to impart profound wisdom while I sleep
May’s weighty lessons and points to ponder:
“She always allowed me to change the subject, knowing all subjects are connected”
“I asked myself if he never mentioned his child because he didn’t care about it at all, or because he loved it too much to discuss with the likes of me.”
“Admired own boobs in mirror at length”
“My professor made me interview President Trump for the school paper. I couldn’t get him to stay on any topic for more than two sentences.”
“We love and hold each other, but something’s always wrong”
“Cockroach trapped in bag of salad may be Jon Stewart?”
Gosh, don’t you feel smarter already?
Will I continue keeping a dream journal? Perhaps! It’s cheap, novel, and occasionally meaningful.
Your turn, gentle reader. What have you learned from writing down your dreams? Will you keep it up after this month?