Dreams can be so fascinating. Some of my dreams are about people I personally know, whether friend, relative, or acquaintance. On occasion, I dream of some celebrity. Most of my dreams, though, are about people I don’t know.
I often wonder how dreams form in our minds and hearts, particularly when they include random, strange people unfamiliar to us. How does the mind even create these people? There’s no rhyme or reason, from what I can tell. Some people are tall, others are short. They seem to come from all ethnic backgrounds and economic backgrounds and various genders as well as people who are non-binary. My dreams are almost like a melting pot, with people from all walks of life. I know dreams are supposed to have a hidden message, telling you things about yourself; however, some dreams may mean nothing. Most are probably a mixture of the two.
My personal view is, dreams have meaning if the dream is recurring. For years now, I have had four recurring dreams. When I say recurring, I’m talking about more than a dozen or so times over the past decade. I think these dreams are a little bizarre. I’ll let you be the judge.
One of my dreams centers on my keys. There are different variations of it, but generally I’m either getting into or out of my car and drop my keys down a sewer drain. Every time, I see myself fumbling, trying to catch them before they fall through the little holes in the drain, but to no avail. I talked to someone who is into dream interpretation and this person tells me dropping (or losing) your keys represents either my pain of losing something or someone or my fear that I might lose something or someone in the future. I don’t know what specific things or people this could reference. I have lost several people and things of great value to me. This could be about any one of them. I don’t know.
My next recurring dream is about Bigfoot. It’s usually dawn or dusk, but sometimes its pitch black out. I’m driving along and Bigfoot jumps out of the woods and lets out a large growl, raising his arms flailing them at my car in a threatening, menacing manner. My only choices are to swerve into oncoming traffic, drive off the road, or hit Bigfoot. So, I always end up hitting Bigfoot, knocking him down. I keep driving, mad that I damaged my car. Then the next day, I see on the news that it wasn’t really Bigfoot but some dumb guy in a costume masquerading around scaring people. My dream interpreter tells me that since the Bigfoot animal wasn’t real but was in fact someone perpetrating as a Bigfoot, it represents some perceived threat I have, something that I’m afraid of doing or something I fear will happen but isn’t really worth the anxiety I’m wasting. I am not sure what that might be.
Third, I dream that I’m a superhero. Usually I’m Superman. Other times I’m a nameless superhero with multiple superpowers, encompassing those of not only Superman but also Spiderman, Aquaman, Batman, and includes a cloak of invisibility. But there’s a twist to this one. My focus is to exact street justice on people who received a lenient handling (or no handling at all) by the criminal justice system. Examples include a guy who abuses children but he only gets probation; a cop shoots an unarmed citizen and was determined to have acted justifiably; a government official abuses his or her authority and commits multiple acts of malfeasance and ethics violations but faces no sanctions. The official is only allowed to resign. In this dream as a superhero, I go around and take care of these folks. This one is the most interesting to me. My dream interpreter tells me this dream represents the helping inner-self that’s within me, the desire to want to help and protect everyone.
Lastly, the other recurring dream is about wild animals that are released into the community running amuck…much along the lines of the movie Jumanji. There are all kinds of animals, such as elephants, hippos, gorillas, lions, crocodiles and alligators, gazelles, and a few animals I have been unable to identify. This is the craziest one. Unlike in the movie, in my dream these animals let themselves out of area zoos and animal parks. The really weird part is, they help each other get out. My dream interpreter was clueless about this one. I am too.
We all have dreams, many have unusual dreams from time to time. But I have these dreams over and over and over again for many years. I sometimes dream these several times a month. Who knows what they really mean? They may mean something or they may mean nothing at all.
This talk about dreams reminds me of the Les Miserables hit song, “I Dreamed A Dream”