One night I dreamed I had to find someone and I never did...

Dreams. Do they really mean anything? Honestly, I'm too afraid to find out. I have always dreamed vividly, even when I was a kid.

In my dreams, I have gone everywhere that one may imagine going. I have done everything that one may imagining doing. I've met famous people, traveled the world, gone to magical places, and starred in all of my favorite TV shows. (In MY dreams, the third season of LOST was much, much better.)

But with good dreams can also come bad ones. I used to have a lot of bad ones. I've woken up in a sweat and have been too scared to go back to sleep. I've wondered if whatever monster was chasing me through those dark and scary woods would really find me in my bed. I had terrible dreams that I was in school and forgot to wear my bra and EVERYONE MADE FUN OF ME. That was a nightmare for a girl who always felt different and only wanted to fit in.

When I was in my early teens, a Native American store opened up in a nearby mall. They had these things called dream catchers. I read on the tag that dream catchers were meant to keep bad dreams away.

After much deliberation, I decided to buy one. I chose the one that was different from all of the rest.

I hung it in my bedroom window and went to sleep knowing that I would never have to worry about a nightmare again. And it has been with me, hanging in my bedroom window every night since I bought it. When I move to a new place, the first thing I do is hang my dream catcher.

Does it really work, you ask? The answer is simple. I would be lying if I said that all I've ever had since that day were amazingly good dreams. A few bad ones here and there do manage to get through. But here's the thing: I know it works. It works because I believe it works. It works its magic every night because I give it the power to.

You may call it superstitious, and it may be. I don't care. Why would I take the chance of taking it down and being stuck with that dream where I go to school with no bra on?!

All you have to do is believe. And I believe.

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Heather Anne Hogan said...

Last night I dreamed I was getting kidnapped by aliens and as they were dragging me onto their spaceship, one of them was like, "You should have gotten an iPhone; there's an app that tells you how to avoid abduction."

Kirsten said...

I've had sparse dreams with a handful being very vivid. I have had a recurring dream - only about 4 or 5 times in the last 20 years. There's no deja vu during the dream, but when I wake up in the cold sweat, I know it's "the" dream.

And dream catches are beautiful. Sweet Pea made one in preschool out of a paper plate, yarn, beads, and feathers. It's hanging over her bed.

Midwest Mommy said...

I believe I have a disorder because I never remember my dreams. Ever.

~Mendie~ said...

believing is half the battle. i have a small one in my room too!

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