Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?

musical-2I don’t usually tell dream stories, because they’re not real and no one cares, but I’m very curious if anyone has experienced something similar to what I’m sharing today.

I had a dream last night about going to a musical. I’m not a fan of musicals, but in the dream an old lady really wanted a companion for the theater, so I agreed to attend it with her.

Midway through the musical, I realized that my left eye was really bothering me. It felt like a sharp object was caught in my eye, so I excused myself to go to the bathroom.

On the way there, I ran into three theater students who were excited to hear that I was attending the musical. I was amused by the level of their enthusiasm, but I was antsy to get to the bathroom–my eye was really hurting. I started to get a little annoyed that they couldn’t tell I was in pain.

That’s when I realized: I’m in a dream, and it’s my real eye that’s hurting. I need to wake up and deal with it.

Instantly I woke up (we’re in real life now). Sure enough, my left eye really hurt, and I ran to the bathroom to flush out the foreign object.

As I drifted back to sleep, I kind of just found it fascinating that a real-life issue manifested so precisely in the dream. I was happy that my dream self was self-aware enough to alert me to the problem so I could fix it.

Have you ever had this happen?

3 thoughts on “Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?”

  1. I’ve had that happen with needing to wake up to use the restroom.
    What often happens is that my alarm is incorporated into the dream. When I used a beeping alarm clock, it was a fire truck or fire alarm or some such noise. I now use the local classical music station, and my mind’s found several creative ways to work that into my dreams.

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  2. I’m always amazed when it happens. It isn’t a jarring experience – the whole dream seems to be constructed around the anticipation of that alarm. Like, I’ll be a firefighter, or there’s some natural sound in the dream that slowly blends into the beeping. My subconscious is amazing!
    And then there are those times where the beeping is so jarring I feel like it shortens my life expectancy, which is why I switched to music.

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