“They” are always telling us to follow our dreams. Well, last night I dreamt I was writing a blog post from the perspective of my cat, Carmen. Actually, come to think of it, I was Carmen and writing a blog post. In the dream, it was a really good post. I wish I could have remembered it to see if Awake Tammy was as impressed by it as Asleep Tammy was.
Surreal dreams don’t bother me nearly as much as the ones that are completely realistic. You know the ones that after you wake up you don’t know if they really happened.
About a year ago I had a dream that my parents had bought back a condo in downtown San Diego that they sold years ago for the same price they sold it for. It was so realistic that on the way to work the next day I called my mom to find out. I told her about my dream, and she started to laugh. She then conveyed the dream to my step dad, and then she held the phone up so I could hear him laughing. Disappointed I then said, “So does that mean that Carmen can’t talk?”. Okay, so maybe that whole dream wasn’t realistic, but the whole talking cat thing didn’t shake the believe-ability factor!
I think we need a different word for our lifetime ambitions, the “dreams” I believe “they” meant. I was all ready to declare “aspirations” as the perfect alternative, but then as I looked it up, I found its medical definition: “the sucking of fluid or foreign matter into the air passages of the body”. Ewwww! But it’s primary definition, “strong desire to achieve something” was so perfect! But, like “dream” it has two meanings, and this one’s secondary meaning is so much worse!
Does it bother you that we use the same word for both sleeping dreams and your dreams for the future? Has anyone else had a dream where they were cat or should I be worried about what that means about me?