I’m confused! For the longest time I was unable to figure out what is wrong with me. Whenever I talk to anyone about my dreams, they insist that that’s not what dreams are like, and that I must be making things up or something. It’s so annoying but also kinda worrying
So I’ll do my best to describe what dreaming is like in my experience, and what (to my best knowledge) it is in the experience of other people I’ve talked to.
First of all, other people tell me they can’t tell when they’re dreaming, regardless of how many weird things happen right in front of them. I believe them, but that really does sound absurd to me! For me, my mind kind of sorts dreams in a separate category from real life. I can always tell if I’m in real life or daydreaming or normal dreaming. To my knowledge that’s what “lucid dreams” are? please forgive me if I’m using the term wrong (and hence posting this in the wrong subforum…) but I’m still not quite sure. Also, since I became aware that allegedly many people don’t dream this way - and since I started paying more attention to them - they have become even ‘more lucid’ (if you can say that at all???), kinda more vivid and with fewer or no memory gaps after waking up… it’s hard to describe.
But that’s not even the thing that worries me most. All that, at least my close friend believes me since she experienced that kind of dream too a few times. There’s another thing that even she finds difficult to believe. So allegedly, usually people’s dreams are detached from each other and separate, unrelated to each other. For me, that’s not at all how it works… it seems that the ending of one dream is the beginning of the next, that they all combine to make one big story. And again, same thing - the more I became aware of this, the more it was the case that they all fit together. In fact, by now my dreams have kinda become a second life of mine. One that seems to be not much more superficial than my real life.
That, according to everyone I’ve talked to, is weird.
I have lots of questions. Mostly, what in the world is wrong with me? Is what I said about others’ dreams true? Why am I different? Is this unhealthy or harmful? Should I try to change my dreams to make them normal?
Thanks in advance