Monday, April 13, 2009

Fun Monday - Dream a Little Dream

I haven't done a FUN MONDAY post in a very long time, but Jill stopped by the other day and let me know she was hosting this week, and I love the topic, so I thought, hey, why not?

So, here is this week's Fun Monday topic:

Strange Dreams. Do you have any dreams, particularly recurrent ones that you feel no one else has? Or, just tell us about an odd dream you had as a kid.

I don't remember my dreams very often, and usually, even when I do, I only remember random bits and pieces, never the full dream. For the most part, my dreams never make any kind of sense, whatsoever, but that's sort of par for the course with dreams, isn't it?

I do, however, have a recurring dream. It's not the same exact dream, but it is always the same theme. I've been having this dream for at least 10 years now, probably since I left college.

Here's the general gist of the dream:

I'm in school. College. Back in my old haunts on Beacon Hill. Sometimes, I'm just visiting, as I am now, older, wiser, just stopping by to see an old teacher or something (something, which, by the way, I never do in real life). Other times, I'm actually still in school, taking classes, etc.

All is well until suddenly I realize that I don't know my class schedule. I have no idea where I'm supposed to be. And I can't find anyone anywhere to tell me what my schedule is supposed to be. And the worst part is, I realize that I have a class, a particular class (usually a math class of some sort, though not always), which I have NEVER attended, the entire semester, and there is an exam coming up. I HAVE to make it to today's class, because then I'll know what's going to be on the exam, and I'll be fine, even though I've never set foot in class all semester.

But I don't know my class schedule. I don't know where it is, on what day, at what time...

I usually wake up in a panic thinking I'm going to flunk out of college.

There are different variations of the dream, but the sense of failure and confusion is always the same.

The funny thing is, if you knew me, you'd know how ridiculous this is, because I? Was always the good student, always in class, always on top of things.

I realize I usually have this dream when I'm stressed about deadlines or something of the sort in my life, which would explain why I haven't had the dream since I left my old job...until last week, when I was stressed about a deadline at work.

I've also learned, from talking to folks, that I'm not the only one who has this particular themed recurring you have it too? What are you recurring dreams? Go on over to Jill's to join in on Fun Monday if you want to share, or just let me know in comments, I'd love to hear them.


Molly said...

Hello Karina,
Welcome back to the world of Fun Monday. I guess that in the inner recesses of our minds we all might fear failure. Congratulations, on being successful in real life and relegating the fear to your subconcious.

jill said...

thanks for playing! oh yes, the 'i havent gone to that class all semester but i really should so i can pass it' dream--i HATE that! argh!

Sayre said...

This is a new one to me. I never dreamed about school other than the tripping then flying one. Nothing about classes or people.

Nice to see you back!

PBNJM said...

I've had a similar dream a few times as well. It's been a while, but I was picturing my dream as I read about yours. How odd.

ChrisB said...

Stress can really affect us and I guess it comes out in our dreams.

Driftwood and Pumpkin said...

I have the exact same one! It is very disconcerting too. You wake up feeling lost and panicky! Sorry I am late...I was out of town :0)

Karina said...

Molly, Thanks, I've actually missed Fun Monday, so I'm going to try and stay involved...

Jill, I hate stressful dreams, you wake up all "well, that was a waste of sleep". haha

Sayre, I have to head over and read yours...

PB, I know right? I'm telling you, every time I tell the dream, I find someone else who's had it, it's weird!

ChrisB, That is so true!

Tracey, another person who has funny is that? Don't feel bad, I actually haven't made my way over to any FM'ers yet...but I will!

Pamela said...

I still have similar dreams -- and it's been yeeeeeeeeeears since I was in school.