Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Waterslides and whirlpools

I like to sleep. When I sleep, I tend to dream. A lot. And unlike many people, I remember a good portion of my dreams. This provides hours of weekly entertainment for my husband, whose absolute mostest favorite thing in the entire world is hearing about my dreams. I know he loves it due to the glassy-eyed look he gets within the first three seconds after hearing the words, "So, I had this dream last night..."

But it occurs to me that the entire world (all of whom read my blog, mind you) might not enjoy hearing about the random crap my brain spews forth during my downtime, so I generally refrain from posting about it.

I'll bet you didn't know though, that I am a hack dream analyzer. It's true. I've read (okay, own) two books on the subject. With these credentials, I can certify that 98% of what I dream about is just loose wiring in my brain. Inner crapola. But I have been able to identify a few recurring dreams, the themes of which should be easily identifiable to even the novice dream-ologist.

Recurring dream #1: I'm being thwarted in my efforts to communicate with someone. Usually it's because they are refusing to listen. I start screaming and shouting and throwing things around. Sometimes I threaten them with bodily harm, to no avail. In the end, I am never able to get my point across.

Ooooohhhh...mysterious, I know. Whatever could it mean?

Recurring dream #2: I am unprepared for something. Most recently, I dreamed that I'd been asked to give a talk in church but didn't know about it until I got there. I've also been unprepared for tests in school, late for important meetings at work, still packing my bags when my plane is leaving, and enrolled in classes which I never attended and never completed any assignments.

I'm just a hack, but I sense a theme of "unpreparedness" in these dreams.

Recurring dream #3: Waterslides. I dream about waterslides ALL THE TIME. I kid you not. It's not uncommon for me to have a waterslide dream twice a week. As far as I can tell, there are no other common elements to these dreams. The settings and characters vary. The emotions range from misery to glee. Sometimes I work at a waterslide park. Sometimes I am hiking in the forest and just happen to come across a waterslide coming down the side of the mountain. Sometimes I'm riding the slide, sometimes it's just there.

"They" say that water in dreams is significant. Whether the water is clean or dirty, calm or tempestuous is supposed to be symbolic. Are you drowning or in a boat? Are you afraid of the water or happy to be near it? It's a subject ripe for analysis.

But I've not been able to find one scrap of information specifically about waterslide dreams. Does no one else dream of this on a regular basis? Why are you holding out on me, internet? Why? I need to know!

In the last couple of weeks a new angle has cropped up in the waterslide dreams. The waterslides are now usually a series of interconnected spas or hottubs or whirpools. Sometimes the jets are on, sometimes the water is still. Sometimes it's warm, sometimes not so much. But now my waterslides have multiple landings, all of which are some sort of jacuzzi tub.

What do you think? Feel free to poke around in my psyche for a bit. I'm stumped.

11 comments:

shellie said...

I have no idea about the water. but I do have a recurring dream about 1x a week where my teeth fall out. it sucks.

Amy said...

This is a great topic and I am shamelessly going to steal it from you...not your recurring dreams...you can keep those...especially that one about waterslides...but I am going to steal the idea and post about my recurring dreams.

Andrea said...

@Shellie: I just happened to stumble across this article today. It talks specifically about teeth falling out. Now...lie down and tell me about your mother...

http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22201/59780-eight-dream-symbols-point-stress?CMP=ILC-MoreFromWdgt

@Amy: I can't wait to see what you are dreaming about. Feel free to steal my waterslide dreams, too. Really, take them. They're yours.

Kari said...

I love talking about dreams, sharing them, listening to others relate them. I welcome your dream stories. They are so fascinating to talk about.

Maybe I will plagiarize your topic write about my dreams as well...

From what I've discovered, to dream that you are on or see a waterslide, suggests that you are being swept away by your emotions.

Janene said...

I dream about flying!

kuri said...

I dreamed I was eating a giant marshmallow, and when I woke up in the morning, my pillow was gone.

Lorene said...

Andrea I have a dream for you: I was playing Catan on the computer game and I had Minimized Bill's Schwab Street Smart program that he leaves on every morning to do trading and let's him know when there's one of his stocks going up or down excessively. So something went wrong, and the whole time I was clicking while playing the game, Bill's program was underneath Catan and I was buying and selling stocks. When I won the game (only in my dreams), I ran to tell Bill the good news. He subsequently went to check up on his stocks and found that I had completely wiped us out financially.
He then tried to jump out the window of his bedroom,(prsumably to kill himself) but his feet got tangled in my Christmas lights, and he just hung there up-side-down by his left foot yelling "Let me DIE!! Just LET ME DIIIIEEEE!!!!" Then I woke up.

Rhea said...

Waterslide

To dream that you are on or see a waterslide, suggests that you are being swept away by your emotions. You are slowly exploring the realm of your unconscious. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are going with the flow of things without any objections or resistance.

from dreamoods.com

Andrea said...

you sound just like me. i have really vivid dreams all the time, and like you i remember a lot from them. some people say i should write screen plays for movies. i have water slide dreams as well except mine are connected with real things in my life. it has been happening since i was 12 or 13 now im 28. in my dreams im always with a lot of people, but the people always change the water slides change as well. but the only constant is that when i wake up there is only one person i can remember. and im not kidding i will call them and they will tell me they are pregnant. im not kidding! so for you maybe try to see little similarities in
your life that occur after you have these dreams.

casey said...

I have recurring dreams about waterslides, a few times a week. I was doing a search just now to see if anyone else may as well, or have any insight. How strange...

Too Much Is Never Enough said...

I constantly dream of water slides too, most often i am riding them, sometimes i am sad but i am forsed to waves my hands in the air and enjoy the ride. In my dreams the are often used as a mode of transport, taking me from one place to the next.
But, weirdly, last night i dreamt i was watching this massive waterslide, and i was desperate to have a go but i was far too scared and each time i almost plucked uo the corrage to ride it, i backed out. Then eventually, just as i had descided to have a go it was too late and the waterslide was packed up into a tiny breifcase and taken away. x