I am fascinated by dreams. In high school, I kept a dream journal to try and pick apart the subliminal meaning in my dreams and access my subconscious. It was a fun and creative activity because it made me find associations and challenge my own perceptions of myself, which undoubtedly contributed to the person I am today. The adventures I went on while asleep wasn’t reality, but it was relatable enough for me to draw a few riveting conclusions
It is so interesting that we tend to use the word, "dream", when referencing what we want to accomplish in life. It paints our aspirations with haze and implies that our goals aren’t realistic or rooted in reality. It also implies that we’re never going to achieve what we set out to. I think it’s kind of a cynical association, but it creates this scarcity to our dreams that motivates us to pursue them.
Nightmares are equally unfathomable and unrealistic. However, they leave a strong discouraging impression. The same thing happens when we work toward our goals. We experience setbacks, nightmares if you will, that sap are motivation. Also, remember your next dream is right around the corner, and it might be the breakthrough you’ve been looking for to take a big step forward toward your goals. “Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare”.