Toilets, Oceans and Other Horrors.

I have this recurring dream (nightmare) that keeps…recurring.  The dream takes place in different venues each time, but in them I am always on the toilet in public.  Sometimes the public is actually in the bathroom with me: I’m sitting on the toilet, pants down, squatting and urinating/defecating and there are a multitude of people milling around, waiting and/or watching.  Sometimes the toilet itself is out in public: I am sitting on a toilet at the table in a restaurant, the toilet is my “chair” and I am discreetly trying to wipe  and pull up my pants before anyone sees me.  Unfortunately people are always looking, so I just have to do it anyway. Then I get all nervous about how they might be judging me.  They will make fun of the fact that I wad my toilet paper instead of fold it.  Also, they might see my underwear…wait…or my bare butt…and stuff.

These dreams are very stressful and I have them all the time. Why?  This has never happened to me, nor will it EVER happen to me.  Sometimes in these dreams I am on the toilet with people all around me, staring, and I think: Oh. My. Gosh.  I’ve dreamt about this happening for so long and now it’s actually happening for real.  OH THE IRONY!!!!

Sometimes I even have dreams that I am walking around in nothing but my underwear or even completely topless and I’m hoping people won’t notice.  Really?  How would they not notice?  But in the “reality” of the dream, I continue to hope.

Dreams are scary things. I often have dreams that Hubby is mad at me, is being a total jerk, and/or wants a divorce.  Hubby is not that kind of a guy in real life, but he always is in my dreams.  Apparently I dream about what scares me.

One of my scariest recurring dreams is the ocean-is-coming-to-get-us dream.  In this one I am at some beach (always a different one, and it’s always fictional) and the water gets higher and higher and I am trying desperately to get to higher ground and to save not only myself, but my children.  Often we have to hold our breath and hold on tight while the water sweeps over us and just wait for it to subside.  My kids and I have always survived this dream intact…so far.  By the way, is it true that if you die in a dream you really die?

Unfortunately I’ve never had a good flying dream, although I’ve tried.

Most of the time my dreams are either so realistic they are boring (like the one where I wake up, take a shower, get dressed, fix my hair, put on make-up, and then I ACTUALLY wake up and I’m already tired from getting ready but now I REALLY have to get ready) or they are so ridiculous that my dreaming self doesn’t even try to make sense of it (Like the Flying Hot Dogs).

I often dream that I am flirting with people or going on dates when suddenly I think: I need a babysitter.  Wait, I have kids?  Wait, I’m married!  Sooo…Is it still OK for me to go out with this guy?  And in the dream I’m really not sure what to do.

The logic of a dream is so…illogical.

0 thoughts on “Toilets, Oceans and Other Horrors.

  1. sounds like you’ve got a lot of anxiety about what people think about you, and your unconscious is trying very hard to call this to your attention so you can deal with it.

    The logic of a dream is logical- it’s just not what most people are used to. Since dreams come in our own personal systems of symbols, the best person to interpret your dream is you :). If you’d like to learn how to interpret your dreams, i’ve got a series of posts on the simple way to do this.

    hope thats a help

    Catherine
    Foresight

  2. sounds like you’ve got a lot of anxiety about what people think about you, and your unconscious is trying very hard to call this to your attention so you can deal with it.

    The logic of a dream is logical- it’s just not what most people are used to. Since dreams come in our own personal systems of symbols, the best person to interpret your dream is you :). If you’d like to learn how to interpret your dreams, i’ve got a series of posts on the simple way to do this.

    hope thats a help

    Catherine
    Foresight

  3. OMG, thanks for the flashback. I’m surprised I never have that dream (the toilet one). I just remembered that when I was a kid, mom wallpapered the bathroom in black and silver ‘crowd of faces” wallpaper. Just lots and lots and lots of anonymous people staring at you…in the john.

    I’m dreaming a lot about soccer lately. Makes sense – I’m keyed up about becoming the U12G assistant coach. The coach this year was sooooo good he’s a hard act to follow.

  4. OMG, thanks for the flashback. I’m surprised I never have that dream (the toilet one). I just remembered that when I was a kid, mom wallpapered the bathroom in black and silver ‘crowd of faces” wallpaper. Just lots and lots and lots of anonymous people staring at you…in the john.

    I’m dreaming a lot about soccer lately. Makes sense – I’m keyed up about becoming the U12G assistant coach. The coach this year was sooooo good he’s a hard act to follow.

      1. Dad finally got tired of it and ripped it all down one day. I had forgotten about that until your post!

        Thanks, I hope I live up to the last coaches. They were awesome. I’m also pulling duty as registrar. BTW – Megan is still living up to her defensive soccer start. In their championship game (she was playing up to U12) she made four saves as goalie. We always think of you and your hubby at times like that.

  5. Divorce

    To dream that you are getting a divorce, indicates that you need to differentiate between things in your life and prioritize them. Perhaps you need to separate yourself from some issue or some aspect of yourself. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you have a fear of separation or fear of being alone. You may be unsatisfied with your present relationship.

    Divorce dreams may reflect real-life events and the stress that it brings. You may be wondering if you have made a mistake in some situation or decision Divorce dreams suggest a transitional phase. It is time to change your old habits.Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation. Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation.

    1. …except when it doesn’t….

      You see, everyone’s dreams are expressed in their own individual set of symbols. Your dream of a cat and my dream of a cat could mean totally different things, because a cat could mean different things to me than it does to you.

      At that point, same situation, two different dremers can mean two very diferent interpretations – and both interpretations would be correct….

      Nudity can mean vulnerability. It can also mean being your true self. Or being out of step with social expectations. Or power. or pride in your body.

      It’s really a good idea to learn to interpret your own dreams. No one else will be as much in tune with your dreams as you are

      Catherine
      Foresight

  6. Divorce

    To dream that you are getting a divorce, indicates that you need to differentiate between things in your life and prioritize them. Perhaps you need to separate yourself from some issue or some aspect of yourself. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you have a fear of separation or fear of being alone. You may be unsatisfied with your present relationship.

    Divorce dreams may reflect real-life events and the stress that it brings. You may be wondering if you have made a mistake in some situation or decision Divorce dreams suggest a transitional phase. It is time to change your old habits.Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation. Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation.

    1. …except when it doesn’t….

      You see, everyone’s dreams are expressed in their own individual set of symbols. Your dream of a cat and my dream of a cat could mean totally different things, because a cat could mean different things to me than it does to you.

      At that point, same situation, two different dremers can mean two very diferent interpretations – and both interpretations would be correct….

      Nudity can mean vulnerability. It can also mean being your true self. Or being out of step with social expectations. Or power. or pride in your body.

      It’s really a good idea to learn to interpret your own dreams. No one else will be as much in tune with your dreams as you are

      Catherine
      Foresight

  7. Divorce

    To dream that you are getting a divorce, indicates that you need to differentiate between things in your life and prioritize them. Perhaps you need to separate yourself from some issue or some aspect of yourself. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you have a fear of separation or fear of being alone. You may be unsatisfied with your present relationship.

    Divorce dreams may reflect real-life events and the stress that it brings. You may be wondering if you have made a mistake in some situation or decision Divorce dreams suggest a transitional phase. It is time to change your old habits.Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation. Naked

    To dream that you are naked, denotes fear of being found out and exposed over your activities. You feel that you are being misjudged.

    To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up, signifies your vulnerability to a situation.

    1. …except when it doesn’t….

      You see, everyone’s dreams are expressed in their own individual set of symbols. Your dream of a cat and my dream of a cat could mean totally different things, because a cat could mean different things to me than it does to you.

      At that point, same situation, two different dremers can mean two very diferent interpretations – and both interpretations would be correct….

      Nudity can mean vulnerability. It can also mean being your true self. Or being out of step with social expectations. Or power. or pride in your body.

      It’s really a good idea to learn to interpret your own dreams. No one else will be as much in tune with your dreams as you are

      Catherine
      Foresight

  8. I’ve never had the ocean one, but all the others you listed are regular fixtures in the freakshow that I like to call my dreams. Fun stuff.

  9. I’ve never had the ocean one, but all the others you listed are regular fixtures in the freakshow that I like to call my dreams. Fun stuff.

  10. I too have dreams that I am on a date with a guy, and then I suddenly remember that I have kids and I’m married. I also have dreams where I am back in school (high school or college), but I’m married already, and have kids. Or that I’m back in school, and I’ve missed going to a class the entire semester and I’m afraid I won’t graduate. I’ve had the half naked in public dream too.

  11. I too have dreams that I am on a date with a guy, and then I suddenly remember that I have kids and I’m married. I also have dreams where I am back in school (high school or college), but I’m married already, and have kids. Or that I’m back in school, and I’ve missed going to a class the entire semester and I’m afraid I won’t graduate. I’ve had the half naked in public dream too.

  12. I too have dreams that I am on a date with a guy, and then I suddenly remember that I have kids and I’m married. I also have dreams where I am back in school (high school or college), but I’m married already, and have kids. Or that I’m back in school, and I’ve missed going to a class the entire semester and I’m afraid I won’t graduate. I’ve had the half naked in public dream too.

  13. Crystal I have been interpreting my dreams since I was in grade school because when I was 8 I started having these really scary recurring nightmares. (Long story, for a post on my blog since I’ve got writer’s block right now! LOL thanks for the inspire!!!)

    Anyway, what I wanted to say is that this post is beeeautifully written and I absolutely LOVED it so much I read it over twice! You are adorable and hilarious and refreshingly honest. I’m so glad I get to make a friend with an old buddy’s wife because she’s an AMAZING and ridiculously TALENTED blogger!!! Just thought you should know that, for what it’s worth. 🙂

  14. Crystal I have been interpreting my dreams since I was in grade school because when I was 8 I started having these really scary recurring nightmares. (Long story, for a post on my blog since I’ve got writer’s block right now! LOL thanks for the inspire!!!)

    Anyway, what I wanted to say is that this post is beeeautifully written and I absolutely LOVED it so much I read it over twice! You are adorable and hilarious and refreshingly honest. I’m so glad I get to make a friend with an old buddy’s wife because she’s an AMAZING and ridiculously TALENTED blogger!!! Just thought you should know that, for what it’s worth. 🙂

  15. LOL, in my dreams my hubby is always a jerk and/or wants a divorce, too! After having one of those dreams, he always laughs, then asks, “Why am i always a jerk in your dreams?”

    No idea, hon! 😉

    Sometimes I’m afraid of my brain, lol!

  16. LOL, in my dreams my hubby is always a jerk and/or wants a divorce, too! After having one of those dreams, he always laughs, then asks, “Why am i always a jerk in your dreams?”

    No idea, hon! 😉

    Sometimes I’m afraid of my brain, lol!

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