Science Museum of MN - Social Science (Photo credit: massdistraction)
You've been there I'm sure. Perhaps it was a vivid dream. Or maybe you don't remember a dream. Then you open your eyes.
"Where am I?" you may wonder. You might stumble out of bed or the chair or wherever it was you fell asleep, thinking that some confusing activity is still happening or has happened. You stop and try to remember, to figure out what has happened, decide what to do now.
Vaguely you regain your senses, still looking for something that is rapidly fading from your memory. What was it? Where is it? Why are you looking for it?
Coming back into the waking world you realize you have been dreaming. The crossover into waking life has been awkward and at times even unwanted.
"Why did I have to wake up?" you think. "I want to go back to that dream."
After you've stumbled across the brink of half-sleep and almost begrudgingly enter into the world of that which is real, you start trying to sort it all out. Sometimes a song may be sounding its last vestiges in the recesses of your memory or it may be a consuming thought or an idea that had made complete sense a few moments ago and now is making less and less.
The dream is leaving. Or you are leaving the dream. Like emerging from the most wonderful infinite sea that part of you wants to sink into forever, you crawl onto the sad sandy shore realizing it is not your time yet. You must come back. You must awaken and face reality again.
Have you been there? Have you awakened from sleep or dreams and been totally confused? What strange things have you done or experienced in those circumstances?