I’ve been dreaming a lot as of late. A lot more than usual. I’ve always been a dreaming man. (I’m quite certain that in itself by no means makes me special.) And I’ve taken to writing down the most poignant ones immediately when I wake up. Sometimes, I share them. Most of the time, I keep them to myself. Sometimes, I think I know things others don’t. My dreams reveal so much to me. Many times, I am sure I am just full of it. Oscar Wilde once wrote of the dreaming man.
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde
I always wondered about that quote. Is it that the dreamer sees things others don’t? And what s/he sees no one else would like to hear? The diluted moonlight may make things easier to see than the blinding sunlight. Maybe. Or perhaps the stillness of the night under the moon strips away the noises of the day under the sun. Perhaps we have gotten so used to the noise, that without it, we feel alone. I think that sometimes, time has a way of speeding life and that if we don’t stop to smell the roses – if we let the noise of the day blind us from what is truly important – we will be old before we know it. It’s the stillness of the night, or at the least the metaphor behind it, that focuses my mind upon what’s important. Of course, for every single person, I’m sure it’s different. Or perhaps, it’s just slightly different. I believe the relationships with family and friends are important. I’m sure they are for many others as well. Those are some of the hardest relationships to keep up and stay true. There are other things important to me; things I think about all the time.
“I’ll always be a dreamin’ man
I don’t have to understand
I know it’s alright.
Now the night is gone,
a new day is dawning
And our homeless dreams
go back to the street
Another time or place,
Would really make
this life feel so complete.”
– Neil Young
I haven’t even scratched the surface of my dreams.
What do you dream about?
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