Ever since I made peace with dinosaurs, bears, evil soldiers and other characters that used to create nightmares when I was an adolescent, my dreams have mostly been interesting, with only enough anxiety to keep the plots moving.
I haven't done it for a year or so but for periods in my life I even kept a computerized database of dreams with verious fields for keywords, names, places, object so that I could cross reference them and see how images in my dreams related over long periods of time.
Yes. I'm a geek.
I've never tried to interpret dreams because I have a gut feeling that the real purpose of dreams is to interpret me, not vice versa. So I just watch them. Kind of like Louis and Clark exploring an unknown land.
Having gone to sleep now for approximately 23,239 nights (plus an unknown number of naps and minus a handfull of all-nighters), I've identified several common threads --
My deams often involve
- exploring strange wilderness places
- driving various vehicles
- discovering, in public places, that I've forgotten to put on my pants
- hanging out with famous people
- and, of course, lots of romance and sex
And there are a batch of locales that show up enough so that as soon as I see them, I'm right at home. There is a long forest path (sometimes a road, sometimes on a mountain). And there is an old apartment building that is very interesting, inhabited by lots of wonderful women. Sometimes, however, it is on fire and sometimes it is made of cardboard or molding wood that makes walking around a challenge. And finally there is a fascinating museum or antigue store -- often associated with underground passages.
During the last few years, I seem to have become part of a big, extended family. They seem to be of a Slavic ancestery. They love me a lot and I'm usually in love with or planning to marry one or more of a wide assortment of women of all ages.
And finally in almost all of my dreams there are three main characters -- myself, a kind of masculine shadow self, and a woman. Sometimes I will begin the dream as myself and suddenly shift into the other male character, interacting back with myself.
I suppose with all this accumulated dream experience, I could breeze through psychiatric analysis. But I'd rather just enjoy them. Sometimes I feel very lucky that I'm experience all 24 hours of each day, both awake and asleep.
Yes, I'm probably crazy.