Last night I dreamt of playing keyboards for Pink Floyd. Actually, like most dreams of this nature, I didn’t get to the point where I actually played the gig. The dream consisted mostly of the hours or days leading up to the event. I say “hours or days” because I vaguely recall crashing for the night at one of the band member’s hotel rooms, although it more resembled a room in a summer camp bunkhouse. Actually, it kind of morphed, just like the way dreams do.
But what was most unsettling was when I had one of those OH S**T moments when I realized I was totally unprepared to play the gig because I didn’t know any of their material. This reminds me of other dreams like this.
Have you ever had a dream where you have a math test coming up in a couple of days and you had never attended class or cracked open a textbook? And then I think maybe I can just cram through the entire book in a day so that I don’t fail the class. I have had this one over and over. It’s not always math, and I’m not even a math-o-phobe; in fact, I always did well in school.
Then there’s the dreams where I’m running late to class, need to grab my books out of my locker, except that I don’t remember where my locker is, or I don’t remember what my locker combination is, or I have more than one locker and I don’t remember which one the book I need is in.
And then there’s the dream where I’m leading the worship band at a church somewhere and I didn’t bother to come up with a song list or I don’t have any music charts for the band. This is similar to other dreams I’ve had where I’m doing a live, televised recording of my own material and I don’t have any music prepared.
As I’m writing this, more dreams like these come to mind, but you get the point. I’m assuming I am not the only one who has dreams like these, so I would love to hear some examples from you readers.
And I’m also curious if anyone has any theories about why we have dreams like these? I’m thinking it is related to some anxiety of being overwhelmed in real life. Like, currently I am enrolled in three online courses at the same time: one that started a month ago, one that started this week, and one that starts next week. And I need to figure out how to fit all this into my calendar. Good times!