I went through a lot of amazing and not so amazing things this year, and a lot of it was personal and heartbreaking and difficult, but mostly great. Despite all this, I still kept dreaming. As most of you know, I'm a vivid dreamer, I remember my dreams in great detail and I try to record the ones that I remember. And honestly, dream interpretation is something that keeps me SO sane and balanced and mindful and in-tune with my own desires and needs, even when life is SUPER SHITTY and stressing me out, dreaming helps me cope with anxiety and calms me for some reason. It makes me feel like I'm still alive and human. It holds a certain sort of magic for me, I guess.
If you've ever wished you could remember your dreams, I HIGHLY suggest writing them down in a journal or keeping a memo/note on your phone, there's even handy dream journaling apps that you can download, but there's nothing more simple than keeping a notepad/pen on your nightstand. I just tweet them because I've found it's an easy way to organize them (Hashtag #DreamJournal) and I've found that my followers either love reading them or just ignore them, so it really works out for me. I've been practicing dream journaling for years, ever since my mom bought me a dream dictionary for my 13th birthday (because I'm only assuming she got sick and tired of me telling her these long, detailed, fucked up dreams every morning).
And I love analyzing dreams! A lot of the time, your dreams are basically subconscious fears and the symbols are pretty easy to interpret once you get the hang of what your brain is trying to tell you. It's also fun to compare your dreams to your waking life, and how your subconscious is trying to "sort out" whatever cluster you're going though.
For example, here are a few of my own reoccurring dream symbols and a quick interpretation. A lot of these are common dreams, so don't be surprised if you're like "OMG SAME!":
Dogs/Wolves: Loyalty, Friendship
Ocean: Emotional, Empowerment, Turmoil, Change
Teeth Crumbling/Falling Out: Regret over something I said *WHOOPSIES*
Being Chased: Avoiding a problem or fearing that the problem is unmanageable, daunting
Being Back in High School: Self-doubt, ugh
So without further ado, here is a compilation of my wacky (and oftentimes depressing) dreams from this year:
What about you? Has this been a year of dreams? What are some ones you can remember having recently?