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Caught In A Dream

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By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist

Regardless of weekly content, this column is designed to help others expand their way of thinking and promote creativity, empathy, and thought in general.

Have you ever had a dream you couldn’t shake? Or perhaps it was more like a nightmare? The funny thing about dreams is that it varies to each individual. I have had conversations with people who don’t remember their dreams at all, and I have had conversations with people who sometimes would rather stay awake than sleep.

Having an active imagination, I can relate more to the latter. There have been nights where I have had my worst fears come alive in a vivid reality. And much like an actual place you would not want to visit when you are awake, sleep can become terrifying enough that you would not want to fall asleep.

With the bad, however, also comes the good. I have been able to fly in my dreams. I have had superpowers and have been able to manipulate situations and take control.

So many people attribute meaning to dreams. For myself, I must say that dreams are just manifestations of thoughts while sleeping. I don’t assign value to dreams. I know that there have been coincidences where I dreamed something, and it came true a week later, but perhaps it was just fear my brain was manifesting.

People say that when you die in a dream, you die in real life. I do have to say, “how could anyone possibly know that?”  Also, I have died many times in dreams. While I may be dead tired all the time it seems, I am still very much alive.

Dreams are always fun to review though. Sometimes they can be like movies we watch while our body is resting. Sometimes bizarre and the obscure are comical enough to try to explain to ourselves the origins of the dream.

While it may remain an anomaly that we may never fully understand or have a shared viewpoint on the meaning, dreams are usually something we all have. Whether we become whatever we want to become, or lose everything to our biggest fear, remember: it’s just a dream.

Kevin Sheehan liked Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.