Monday, August 27, 2007

Don't Interrupt the Sorrow

My most frequently recurring dream of the past 25 to 30 years is of racing ahead (usually in a car) on a bridge that I suddenly realize is completely submerged at the other end, and I am too close to stop or turn back. What happens from there varies. I have it at least ten to a dozen times a year.

I had a variation on it this weekend. The bridge is now standing but missing a few boards, and it is over a two foot creek, not the usual enormous river or bay. This time I was not on the bridge but on the shore, coaching people trying to get off. I'll be interested to chart the next chapters.

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At 5:43 PM, Blogger marxsny said...

I have the same dream from time to time. In the dream the bridge is sometimes in very specific places like crossing the river at my parents house or going into the ocean in Aruba. I always wake up before being submerged though. I wonder what it means?

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Im sure Freud and Jung would have a field day with that one; its either fear-based or sex-based :)

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Two Write Hands said...

I have dreams that I'm climbing ridiculously steep bridges at a snail's pace--like getting to the peak on a roller coaster--and there's nothing on the other side of the peak. I don't really care to know what that says about me. :)

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Mark - Yes, I've never gone to being submerged. I think it is mainly a fear dream (no joke) and usually comes at times of great stress, feeling that I don't know what's ahead.

Jim - I've actually had it discusssed in therapy and it's usually less about fear than dread and a sense of not being in control of your destiny. Surprise, you're never fully in control of it.

2WH - I have one similar where I have reached a peak and am shocked to realize how far up I've gone and then panic. I also have the same one and my parents have followed me, and I have to get them down. I still have it even though both are no longer living. I also have dreams that my parents have decided to go with me on a trip to someplace like Moscow or Bali at the last minute and I have to deal with it.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Gary said...

I had a bridge dream just once that I remember. Well, actually I don't REALLY remember it in detail. Just that there was a bridge and I was on it and something happened. LOL. Oh, boy I am making myself giggle. Anyway, at least you are helping others. (I should be off to bed)

At 1:10 AM, Blogger WAT said...

Oh God. This is the year of that bridge collapse in Minnesota too.

Um, I always dream that I'm in college and not able to finish or keep attending my classes and ef up and drop out, and it makes me feel terrible and like a complete loser! I did finish college in real life, but still must continue my education further.

My bridge in this life is still not complete either I suppose?

At 1:51 AM, Blogger Eva the Deadbeat said...

Man, that is a deep one. I am always fantasizing when I am driving across bridges about driving off of them but I don't think that counts...

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Oh, my. This really is becoming group therapy, isn't it. I need to post something silly again -- SOON.

Gary - Yes, get your rest or you'll fall off the birdge!

WAT - Yeah, I have the school dream a lot too. Also, the one where I am cast in the play, but I have no idea what it is and know none of my lines. I know that one. The play is my life and I'm making it up as I go alone.

Eva - You need to get some rest too, darlin'. Do not, repeat, do not, drive off that bridge. Go smell some flowers and get away from the video camera and computer!

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Scot said...

Do remember that you cannot open the door of a submerged car until the pressure equalizes in and out (see Mythbusters episode #71), so best to scramble out right away or open a window.
PS Like the new profile pic per your suggestion.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Scot - That's why I always roll down my window when approaching the GG or Bay Bridge. Great new profile shot. You look so handsome!

At 4:25 PM, Blogger laurenbove said...

Hey there! I too am plagued by the reoccuring dream. I think it's reallllly freaky that some part of the subconsious or maybe a "spirit" (j/k) is trying to tell me something over and over and over.

When I was a kid it was the same: Frankenstein was hiding in my bathroom behind the shower curtain and when I went in to go, he'd jump out and chase me all over east OshKosh.

Starting in my early 20's (immediately after college) I began having college dreams where I'm getting ready to go and preping my dorm room, orientation etc. Some times the dream is sort of hopeful and I'm actually bummed out when I wake, that my new education/career isn't in front of me...other times I'm just feeling alone and really nervous that I don't know anyone or anything yet.

Once Stop and Shop (Local CT grocery) shelves were my bunk beds and I had to clear out all of the shampoos and soaps and stuff to make room for my sleeping body.

Uh, I hope it's okay I just purged the soul here. Thanks for the space!


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