Unrealistic Nightmares and Fears

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Dreams, Life
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This morning I was startled awake by a terrible nightmare.  It was so shocking and horrifying, I awakened with a jolt.  And there was no amount of coaxing that could convince my mind and body that all was fine and I should go right back to sleep.  I might as well have drank an entire pot of coffee.  Even an hour later, I’m still more awake than I’ve been in ages…even when I had caffeine surging through my veins!

Mulling over my nightmare for the last hour, though, has made me realize something.  Although my nightmare was vivid and disturbing, it actually wasn’t realistic.  Without going into gruesome details, what happened in my dream isn’t even possible in the real world.  Still, I can’t shake the uneasy feelings even this long afterwards.  The images are seared into my memory all the same.  It doesn’t matter whether or not such a scenario could happen in the real world because it DID happen in my mind.

That realization, of course, made me think even further.  If my dreams are that powerful, what about my thoughts and fears in the real world?  If my mind could allow such nonsense to drastically affect me while I was asleep, could it be allowing unrealistic thoughts and fears to interrupt my life as well?

After some honest and careful self-reflection, I have to admit that the impossible and the improbable impact my life far too often.  My inner worrywart thrives on this fodder and loves to throw it into the open every time I get too stressed.  Instead of focusing on the positives and the possibilities, I get blindsided by the negatives and the impossibilities.  And when I get into this frame of mind, clear thinking and problem solving are thrown on the wayside.  I’m left trudging through the muck and sinking deeper and deeper into ‘possible’ living nightmares that in all actuality will mostly likely not happen or could never be a reality.

Just imagine how far we all could go in life if these unrealistic, irrational fears never even existed.  We would be unstoppable and invincible.  We could finally live the lives we were always meant to live.  It’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?

  1. I had an awful nightmare the other night, too. The really bad ones stay with you long after you’re awake. My husband says my creativity and imagination are my greatest gift and my curse. 🙂

    Stopping by on the A-Z Road Trip!

  2. ARDollak says:

    It certainly IS a gift and a curse!

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