100 Days of Writing – Day Seventy-Seven

This afternoon while taking a nap, I had a dream unlike any I’d had before…after waking and realizing it was just a dream, I fell back asleep and had a similar dream again. When I woke up for the second time, I had to research the vivid dream’s possible meaning.

This afternoon I laid down to take a short nap. I’ve been having some issues with getting quality amounts of sleep lately and figured it would do me good. It was during that nap that I had a quite vivid dream that seemed so very real.

In the dream, I was leaving my bedroom, heading for the back porch of my home. My eyes went shut and I couldn’t get them to open back. I pried them open with my fingers, only to have them go back shut. I wandered around in the backyard aimlessly, not knowing where I was going. It was a deeply-disturbing type of feeling.

I think woke up and it took me a few seconds to realize the vivid dream was just that – a dream. I then proceeded to go back to sleep and the same dream started all over again. I once again, couldn’t get my eyes to open. I wondered onto the back porch again and then back into the house, whereupon I fell backward, still unable to pry my eyes open for very long. It was at that point that I considered I might be having a stroke and needed to call 911. I then woke up and once again, was relieved to find out it was just a dream.

My research led me to the following messages that the dreams might be trying to convey:

A dream where you cannot open your eyes may be symbolic of how you feel helpless and lost in your waking life. There could be something that is making you anxious and not allowing you to live your life to the fullest. Another interpretation is that we are trying to safeguard ourselves from discomfort.
Often dreams have certain messages for us. To decipher the message as accurately as possible, you need to focus on what is happening in your life. The dream could be giving you a message to help you through an obstacle in your life.
For example, are you going through a challenging time in your life? If so, the dream could be a message to hold on to your courage. Life will always have ups and downs, but hard times will pass. We just need to have the courage to get through them.


A lot of what I read did sound like my thought life here of late. The past month (in fact, exactly one month today) has been a whirlwind of emotions.

  • helpless and lost – Yes, especially during the first couple of weeks of my most-recent life experience, that’s exactly how I felt. I’ve been able to recover somewhat over the past couple of weeks and these feelings have lessened, but are still present to some extent.
  • trying to safeguard ourselves from discomfort – There’s been quite a bit of discomfort in my life over the past month. I’m guessing the closed-eyes part of the dream might be an effort to hide from all of it.
  • hold onto your courage – This is the message that I tend to drift towards. I know while the past month has been unsettling, I’ve found the courage to continue to move forward with my life. I am reminded that hard times will pass and need to stay the course and be courageous

So there you go. My mid-afternoon dream and what message it might hold. It’s one of the most vivid dreams I’ve had in a long time and am open to the possibility of the message(s) it might possibly carry for me.

David Lee

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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