Why on earth did I dream about Johnny Depp?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind dreaming about Johnny Depp. If you have to dream (and you do), there are worse people who could turn up in there. But for me, it was pretty random. Thinking about it, I could only come up with four or five of his movies that I’d seen, and one of those was Platoon. Admittedly, he looked really good in Platoon, but it’s not what typically comes to mind when you think Johhny Depp. Which is my point: why would I dream about someone famous, when I can’t even come up with a decent list of their movie credits? The only thing I can think of is I saw his picture the day before. It was just a little 3×3-ish photo that I glanced at long enough to read the caption, and then I didn’t think about it again. At least I thought I didn’t think.
It’s got me wondering what the heck is going on in that brain of mine when I dream. I’m often surprised by my dreams and what memories my mind holds on to that I don’t realize are still in there. Last week, I had a dream about a building that I had dreamt of a very long time ago. In the new dream, I started thinking about how I had already dreamed about this particular building. Do you do that? Do you analyze your dreams while you’re still dreaming the dreams?
So Johnny Depp, or rather, my fictionalized dream representation of Johnny Depp, started me thinking about some of the other things that happen in my mind while I sleep. For example:
- I don’t have many recurring dreams, except these surreal dreams about two or three different buildings. At some point in each dream, I realize it’s one of these buildings, and I wonder why I’m dreaming about it again.
- When I dream about buildings, the interiors are most often cut-aways.
- My stress dreams are usually about not having brakes. The scenes and vehicles are different, and we could be going fast or gently rolling away, but no matter the scenario, I’m steadily slamming on the brakes to no avail. I’m always panicked, but I never crash. As I’ve gotten older, these dreams also typically end with me telling myself that I’m having “another one of those stress dreams” and wondering why.
- I have created whole movies in my dreams, editing and re-shooting scenes as I go.
- Sometimes I dream the sequels to other dreams.
- I’m always an observer; I never dream from the point of view of my own eyes. The story is always from my perspective, but I’m generally watching the action unfold from behind myself.
- I just realized that I can’t remember a single dream that I wasn’t in.
- I dream in color, with full sound and touch sensations, such as pain, textures, heat and cold, etc. Does everybody? And the emotions feel really real, true. I think that’s interesting.
- I can only remember one dream that I woke up from believing it had actually happened. Note: it was not the Johnny Depp dream 🙂
Of course, that’s just what I remember. The reality is that I don’t remember 99% of what I dream. Usually I just remember dreams I wake out of, and not many of those. Sometimes a dream will follow me into the day or make such an impression that I remember it later, but that doesn’t happen very often. The thing is, we dream all night long. That’s a lot of dream activity that I can’t remember; that’s a lot of stuff happening in my own mind that I know nothing about. Maybe I’m better off not knowing.
What about you? What are your dreams like?