Ever since I was very small, I’ve had the most vivid dreams and nightmares. I can’t remember much from when I was four years old, but I remember a recurring nightmare that I used to have when I was that age. My Father tried to teach me how to change my dreams, but it only works some of the time.
A few years ago, I started having a recurring nightmare that has always terrified me beyond words.
In the dream, I’m asleep in my bed when I hear two men talking in the living room. They’re clearly searching for something, because they keep asking each other if they’ve “found it” or looked in certain places for it. And there I am, lying in bed, wondering how I get to the phone and the pistol I keep in the nightstand without alerting them to the fact that I’m awake, when I wake up from the dream.
There I am, lying in bed grateful that it was just another nightmare when I realize that I’m not lying in my bed alone. In the dream, I can feel the heat radiating from a person lying next to me. A person who is not supposed to be there
I can smell his cheap cologne, overwhelming with the scent of wood chips. I can hear his breathing. And I’m holding perfectly still, just about to scream for help, when a man clamps his hand down over my mouth. A rough, calloused hand wearing a giant class ring with a huge orange stone.
That’s when I wake up for real. Typically drenched and sweat and breathing like I just ran up the steps to the Capitol Dome in four inch heels.
Dreams this vivid and memorable are a normal occurence for me. So I’m always shocked when people tell me that they never have nightmares or that they don’t usually remember their dreams. My ex-boyfriend claimed that he couldn’t remember a single dream he had ever had, and used to say that if he had dreams like mine, he’d never have to go to the movies.
So today’s topic is fairly straightforward. Do you remember your dreams? Do you have nightmares? Do you have the same recurring dream or nightmare?