I dreamed I was lounging in a beach lounge chair in the grass at the edge of a busy beach. There were a lot of people wandering around doing beach-like things. Next to me in another lounge chair was my stepmother, and she was rambling on about something that sounded like she was lecturing me. I was completely tuning her out.

I didn’t realize that my purse, which was sitting on the chair near my feet, had been knocked onto the ground at the end of my chair. An extremely dirty, creepy, big guy walked up to the end of my chair just as I finished saying something to my stepmother, glared at my purse then at me, and started telling me off for littering on the ground. I was really confused, told him that it was just my purse that had accidentally fallen off my chair, and picked it up.

The man continued to accuse me of littering, his voice getting louder and his stance a lot more threatening. I stood up from my chair and stepped towards him, explaining again that I was not, in fact, littering, but had just knocked my purse on the ground with my feet. As I stepped fowards he backed away until finally he turned and started walking away. My stepmother was shocked that I had defended myself to him.

A minute or so later, the creepy, messy, dirt-smeared guy returned with an entire group of similar buddies – and they had various weapons. I took off towards a nearby house that belonged to someone in my family, although no one was at home. The rest of the dream involved me running away from these guys who wanted to kill me because I stood up for myself when the one guy flipped out on me, and hiding in various rooms of the house trying to make myself invisible. At one point I was hiding under blankets and a cushion lying next to a bed that my grandmother (who passed away years ago) was supposed to sleep on – the cushions were on the floor because she had a tendency to fall out of bed (which, in real life, didn’t happen.)

When I woke up, I was feeling incredibly anxious, scared, and nervous, as though I had to keep hiding from these guys. That had very nearly caught me when I woke up – I could hear them coming in the room I was hiding in. I was pretty scared.

What does this all mean?

On a seemingly related but likely coincidental note, here is my horoscope for today:

You might have intense interactions now with anyone that you encounter, especially in a social environment. You are less likely to play your usual role of the gracious host who is primarily interested in the well-being of everyone else. Instead, look into the hidden corners of conversations as you seek meaning to what is happening. Standing up for your beliefs can ultimately be positive for others too.


  • meisterdorf

    August 24, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    If I eat a big steak or something like that right before bed, I have vivid long dreams. I call them “movie dreams” because its almost like you are watching a movie. It has plot and drama, and seems to just run on all night.

  • mandamus

    August 24, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    I was listening to a CBC Radio program and they said that sleep was divided into two parts. In the old days people used to actually wake half way through their sleep .. then go back to bed and sleep again.

    In any event they said that the reason that dreams are often scary, even for young children is that in the second part of the night the body, like an athlete practising for an event, goes through situations threatening (perhaps not so threatening) situations. Your body is really in training – its just that at the same time, you’ve lost all muscle tone because of the sleep cycle, so you can’t physically react. So … this is all just training in case you meet rubbies on a beach who complain about your purse, someday 🙂

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    August 24, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    I have them often but forget them usually within five minutes of waking up… I don’t tend to eat before bed though, in some attempt to be healthy or something. 🙂

    I did have a few pints of strongbow last night, however…

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    August 24, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Whee that means I’ll be prepared! 😀