Writer’s Block: Analyze This

By Corinne Wnek

Is there anything better than a good night’s sleep at the end of a long, stress-filled day? I wouldn’t know, because I rarely get a good night’s sleep at the end of a long, stress-filled day. When I finally do crawl into bed, I’m out like a light until five o’clock the next morning. Except for one thing.

The problem is I’m an over-active dreamer and because I vividly remember all of my dreams right down to the last detail, it’s like I’m conscious when I’m really asleep. I literally can’t give it a rest, which explains the dark circles under my eyes.

I also have repeating themes in my dreams. One scary dream that comes along about every other month is one in which I’m driving a car. As I continue along the road, I suddenly come upon a drawbridge that is just starting to open and I am unable to stop the car from going over the top. I usually awake with a start just as I’m about to hit the water below. Just typing about this gives me chills. For sure I won’t sleep tonight.

Another recurring dream I have is the one where I’m at a relative’s wake. Suddenly, the deceased gets up and starts to walk among the crowd, talking to some people here and there, just like in the good old days. No one is startled by this or thinks anything is unusual. Then the dearly departed climbs back into the casket to enjoy their eternal rest. Somebody please, explain this one to me.

Not all of my dreams are scary. Some are pretty funny and during the day when I recall the dream for some reason, I actually smile or shake my head, lost in my own thoughts about why I’m recalling someone who I haven’t seen or heard from in twenty or more years. What is even stranger are the people who are all together with me in my dreams, because, in reality, they wouldn’t even know one another.

I’m a pretty impressionable person and I take a lot of cues from my surroundings. I’m good at picking up insinuations and little nuances that often get by other people. I focus on details like an artist working on a tapestry, but I can still see the whole picture. I am bombarded with visual impressions that I probably file away and then resurrect in a deep sleep state for some unknown psychological reason.

More fodder for a therapist. The great French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes, said, quite rightly, in discussing the essence of a man’s existence, “Cogito Ergo, Sum”, or “I think, therefore, I am.” This is how man is distinguished from other creatures on earth. It’s all about what goes on in our little heads.

In my case, “I dream, therefore I am” might also be true, because that, too, has a lot to do with what’s going on in my little head. Can’t wait for tonight’s adventure.

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