A dear Twitter pal Cheryl ..... @turtlemoongurl on Twitter ..... had a sort of "straw poll" last week . She was asking her Twitter followers about their dreams for an essay she was writing . This started me thinking about my own dreams . Not my 'aspirations' but the nocturnal visions that enter my brain when I am asleep.
I dream in colour and , if I remember correctly , some of Cheryls Twitter pals dream in black and white . I have no idea which format is the 'norm' , or even if there is such a thing as 'normal' in the dream world , but my world is colourful and mostly happy ; but always very strange !
I can often remember my dreams very clearly and sometimes they appear to be so real that I think they have actually happened . After one of these vivid dreams I spend the following day in a sort of 'aura' of belief and feel disorientated and muzzy-headed as though I am still dreaming . Just last night I dreamt that I was in Selfridges in the Trafford Centre ! Now this is not a store in which I can usually afford to even draw breath , but there I was trying on and actually purchasing , two glorious flowing , floaty , sparkling evening dresses . The sort of dresses that girly-girls sigh for . Goodness knows where I was going to wear these expensive gowns ! Assisting me in my purchases were three very helpful fashion advisors ........ My husband , Colin Firth and 'Inspector Frost ' !!! I know , I know , CRAZY !! .....and why 'Inspector Frost ' ??? But this dream was so vivid that I still half believe it happened as I write this !
I often have these realistic dreams but at other times I am actually aware that I am dreaming . I say to whoever else is in my 'vision' , " Its OK , this is only a dream " . I find that very strange , do you ? Then there are the times when I get so frustrated because I cant quite remember a dream , but I know its 'there' just slightly out of reach , like a balloon floating slowly skyward and I just cant reach it . For a moment it seems to hover , inches from my fingertips and I know that if only I can touch the balloon it would burst and all the 'dream memories' would float down towards me so I try and try , reaching up on tiptoes , but it floats higher and drifts away and is lost .
Some dreams are slightly recurrent and others have locations that I seem to know and revisit in many different dreams . However , I have no idea where these places are 'in real life' . They seem very familiar to me , as though they are stamped in my memory . Are they half remembered imaginings from books Ive read or films Ive seen ? I've searched my memory and can find no answer , but when Im in the middle of such a dream I know what is going to happen next, like some TV rerun of a favourite show . I suppose these dreams could be my security blanket , reassurance after a stressful day .
I do not have nightmares , although I have had some , years ago . In Cheryls 'poll' many people reported having nightmares and some were recurring , That must be very distressing and disturbing and my heart goes out to the sufferers as they must be almost afraid to go to sleep I am very lucky as my dreams may be puzzling but they are mostly happy , amusing and quite often entertaining There is so much more to write about this fascinating and complex subject and I would like to think I have maybe inspired some of you to think about your dreams and possibly share your experiences .
Meanwhile , I must go , I have a pressing date with Colin Firth and David Jason and two yellow Selfridges carrier bags ............ if only I could find them !!!!!