The Thing About Dreams

Earlier this year I had this long stretch of weeks where I had the same 3 dreams over and over and over again. Here they are for your amusement. 

Dream #1:
I am back in class at college and there’s either a test I didn’t study for or a term paper due that I didn’t write.

Dream #2:
I’m at the airport. I’m late for an important flight and I miss it.

Dream #3:
I’m driving down a pitch dark road at night. There are no other cars around. Then a car approaches and flashes their lights at me and I realize I’ve been driving without my lights on and I start to panic.

Being the typical male, I didn’t think much of it. I just thought it was weird that I kept having these recurring dreams over and over again.

One day I mentioned them to my friend/coworker Kailey. She looked right at me and said something to the effect of, “Oh, you’re really anxious about some things in your life. You’re also worried about your future."

“Me? Huh? What does she know?!” I thought to myself. “She’s a millennial. And Canadian!" 

Kailey looking all smug and millennial and Canadian...

Kailey looking all smug and millennial and Canadian...

It turns out she was right.

You see, at the time I was starting to question whether I was in the right job or even the right career in software marketing. (aka the “I'm unprepared for class” dream)

I was also having nonstop pain in my shoulder despite going to PT twice a week (small labrum tear). I was actually starting to consider quitting my gym which was seriously bumming me out because then I'd miss CrossFit and my morning social hour. (aka the "I miss an important flight” dream)

Also, Brooke and I were in midst of a high-risk pregnancy and the health of our baby was very much in doubt. (aka the “Driving down a dark road” dream).

These recurring dreams actually meant something.

Fast forward to this week. I was in the shower yesterday and noticed that I haven’t had any of these dreams in the past 3 months. No missed flights, no term papers, no dark roads. And then I thought about what has happened to me over that time. 

I changed jobs and I'm doing something that I really love and expect to be doing for a long time.

My shoulder feels better than it has in over a year and I’m finally starting to lift some heavy(ish) barbells over my head again.

Our son Vaughn was born and he couldn’t be doing better, weighing over 10 lbs this week.

Coincidence? Nope.

The Importance of Dreams

All of this has given me a newfound respect for dreams.

Dreams help people understand the world around them and even discover breakthroughs to creative and complex problems. For instance:

Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity came from a dream. Beethoven’s best sonatas mostly came to him in dreams. The Bible, which I’ve read a time or two, is loaded with men and women who had dreams that shaped entire tribes and cultures.

And as I’ve come to realize, dreams can also be the “canary in the coal mine” when life starts to go off the rails. 

Recurring dreams, especially, mean that someone somewhere is trying to tell you something.

So, while things might be going relatively well for me today, I know it won’t always be that way. And from now on I’ll be keeping a closer eye on my dreams to see what issues might be lying ahead.

Assignment for the week:

Have you ever had recurring dreams? What do you think they meant? 

Business idea of the week:

This weekend, the kids begged me to watch Back to the Future. Granted, they had NO idea what this movie was actually about, they just saw the cool cover of Michael J. Fox and the Delorean on the Netflix homepage.

So I obliged with one caveat. That I got to fast forward through all the “adult parts”. You know, like the sexual assault scenes (Mom on Marty, Biff on Mom), the depressing "Marty's brother in jail and his dad's a total loser" scenes, etc. etc. 

The finished product was a 30 minute masterpiece for a 4, 6 and 8 year old. Not to toot my own horn, but I nailed it with the remote. They all said it was the best movie they ever saw…

Which begs the question. Why don't movie studios edit down and re-release movies for younger audiences? Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Dumb and Dumber, any of the Rocky movies. I could turn all of these into 30-45 minute masterpieces for kids under 10 and charge $5 for rentals. This would make a bazillion dollars. Thoughts?

What I've been listening to:

Closer by The Chainsmokers

Congrats Chainsmokers, this is without a doubt the catchiest song of the year. It's got everything - shout-outs to Boulder, Tucson, Blink 182...and the guy/girl alternating verses over 1980s synths haven't been this well executed since "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League. A++++ pop song.

Until next time...