“Wake Up!!!”

It was like being weirded awake.

I had the strangest dream the other day. I was walking down the street in a foreign country, when this woman stuck her head out a door. She looked really irritated with me. I thought, “Uh oh…”

Then she shouted, “Wake UP!!!!”

At exactly that instant, my alarm went off. It was like being weirded awake. There are a few things that I find fascinating about this dream.

First of all, I must have an extremely accurate inner clock. I wish I could access it more. It would save me a lot of hassle in life. I can’t tell you how often I spend looking at the clock, but it’s time that could be better allocated to other things. It would be nice to just know what time it is, instinctually. Apparently some part of my brain has this ability, but “I” definitely do not.

Which leads me to the second fascinating thing: My subconscious was speaking directly to me. That has only happened a few times in my life. And it was irritated, which is rather unsettling.

The subconscious has always interested me. It resides inside my head, so it’s me. But I have extremely limited access to its inner workings, so in a way, it’s not me at all. It’s other. Are we roommates, sharing the same brain? Are we separate entities?

Beats me. All I know for sure is that, for one brief, shining moment, we were face to face, and I was intimidated. And it (she?) wanted me to wake up. So I did.

Wake up

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Author: The View from a Drawbridge

I have been a bridgetender since 2001, and gives me plenty of time to think and observe the world.

6 thoughts on ““Wake Up!!!””

  1. I do that whenever I’m having a particularly stressful dream. I tell myself to wake up and I do with complete memory of what I was dreaming of. Usually I don’t remember much of my dreams but the stressful ones are telling me something important so I wake myself up while I can still access them. If only my subconscious could tell me to go to sleep when I need to. Too bad I don’t get Dali type dreams. I might be a more interesting artist. 🙂 So who did this woman, your subconscious, look and sound like?

    1. I’ve never seen her before. Older woman, long grey hair, very tan and weather-beaten. Her voice didn’t remind me of anyone.
      The other night I had a dream that I was sleeping with a tiger. At first I was afraid it would eat me if I fell asleep, but once I figured out it wasn’t planning to do that, I just snuggled up against it. Its fur was as soft as a rabbit’s, and it was gently snoring. I love dreaming. 🙂

      1. On nights there’s a moon you can do the same. I’m a night owl so I just judge it by the noise level when there’s no moon. During the week it has a consistent pattern but changes on weekends. Humans are such creatures of habit you can actually set your watch by them.

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