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Am I the only one this far removed from college who still has nightmares about the experience?
Decades, not years, have passed since my undergrad work and my restful sleep is still interrupted from time to time by the doom that accompanies some far-fetched imaginary classroom crisis.
One of my favorite themes has to do with missing almost an entire semester of class and the shocking revelation that the final exam is scheduled for the next day. The nightmare doesn't end until I've exhausted every conceivable solution and of course none of them solve the problem.
By that time the anxiety is so great, my eyes burst open and I realize the cold sweat is unnecessary because it's just a dream.
And then I've had more sophisticated nightmares in which I supposedly wake up during the dream with relief that it's just a nightmare but I'm then told in the dream that no, this time it's for real.. Doubly duped!
What's the deal?
Sure I missed a few classes now and then but without consequence and I certainly was prepared for all my finals over the four years. I have a diploma to show for all of the hard work.
I've talked with a few other people who also have college nightmares and there's some comfort in that, but it seems at this point in my life those concerns should have long faded away.
Maybe you can help. I'm still searching for an interpretive answer.
Until then, I'll try not to lose any sleep over it.