A picture that I took on Beacon Hill.
Maybe it's because of watching violence and disaster on the news. The debt ceiling fiasco and general disappointment with the government. Or just stresses in my life. But I've been having more nightmares than usual.

On this blog, I've written about dreaming and nightmares before, but it's been a while. Thankfully, I don't have too many nightmares. So I thought I'd give you a glimpse into my subconscious.

The first nightmare was a few weeks ago. I was in a playground or some other open area outside. Out of the blue, there was gunfire. I looked down at my right arm and there was a hole with pink and red. I could tell that I had been shot. I was more angry than scared and thought, "This CANNOT be happening to me. It must be a nightmare." Then luckily I woke up.

Last night, I dreamt that I was in downtown Boston. Standing on Tremont Street near the corner of Park Street. It's up the street from this picture, but you can get an idea about the width of the street if you're not familiar with the area.

So I look at the street and see water gushing and everyone is running and panicking. All I can think is that I have to get to higher ground or I'm going to die, because the street is turning into a river. When you walk up Park Street, you're on Beacon Hill at the State House, so I started running up.

I tried to use my cell phone, but I wasn't reaching who I was trying to call. I was talking to someone in Oregon who was saying that things were horrible there too. I've never been to Oregon, but they seem to have a lot of cool bloggers there.

Anyway, I started running again and there were all these people around who I didn't know. And we were all looking for safety and sort of squatting in doorways and front steps to catch our breath and trying to think of what to do next. I put my head in my hands and started crying. Then I woke up. What a way to start the day. Geesh!

The more I think about it, I think it did mean something that all of us people were running and panicking in the shadow of the State House. Maybe the government is causing my nightmares. Hmmm....

Feel free to leave your dream interpretations in the comments!

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glamah16 said…
I remember that steep hill when I was in Boston. I have friends that refuse to watch tv for this very reason. What we fear the most never manifests but the actual fear is the most dangerous part. Tune out for a bit ,but stay aware).
Lisa Johnson said…
glamah16 - Fear is one of the worst emotions, if not the worst. I agree that sometimes a "timeout" is necessary to get our minds positive again. It's going to be hard this week with all the doom and gloom forecasted. : (
SharleneT said…
As long as you were in charge of your movement, you're in control here. The problem with dream interpretation is that your subconscious knows exactly what message it's sending, in the steps that you can handle. But, when you 'tell' a dream, it's different than it actually was and I 'hear' a different dream. My interpretation becomes a different dream and we're left with some pretty confusing ideas. BUT, your interpretation is probably the closest to what the message was and that's the one you should trust.

You weren't hiding in a doorway, you were keeping yourself away from the engulfing water and there was a door behind you -- another way out. You were in charge of your own fate and your subconscious was letting you know that. That's my funky interpretation, for what it's worth.
Nance said…
I've been having a few stressful dreams, too, lately, and mine are all about control issues. What I hate is that when I awaken, I'm left feeling edgy and exhausted instead of rested and refreshed. It's a terrible way to start the day, you're right. When my sons used to have nightmares, I would tell them to relate them to me, even if it brought the fear up again. I had heard or read someplace that it was one way to stop the dreams from recurring. It seemed to help them. Maybe this post will help you.
Lisa Johnson said…
sharlene - You're right about the tell and hearing part of dream interpretation. But you have given me something else to think about. The doorway. I wasn't even thinking about how that was another way out. Thank you! I guess sometimes we can't "see" what's right in front of us.

nance - I imagine for you September is going to feel very strange this year. Not going back to school! Your subconscious must be processing the change. It's hard to believe that September is just a few weeks away.

Usually I tell my mom about my dreams too. She usually notices something that I didn't pick up on. I do feel like talking about dreams is a away to get whatever the problem was out of our heads, so it will start to get resolved.

All of your comments are making me feel better already! ; )
Suldog said…
Wow. I don't know about interpreting your dreams, but I've had a spate of weird ones lately, myself, also. Maybe it IS all of the rotten news!
Lisa Johnson said…
suldog - Sounds like it's impacting many of us. I had another weird one last night!

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